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Entries for the Circulars 2019 are open

Entry to The Circulars is now open! Scroll down for more information about why you should enter, a list of top tips to ensure you submit a winning entry, more about the entry categories and the judging process.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Try visiting our FAQs page or email the awards team: awardteam@thecirculars.org.

Benefits of Entering The Circulars

The Circulars provides a number of key benefits to your organization:

  • An opportunity for Winners and Runners-Up to attend the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos
  • Invaluable global recognition, credibility and exposure as a circular economy pioneer
  • A chance to leverage the global influence of The Circulars, with publicity via the World Economic Forum, media partners, supporters and The Circulars Twitter handle
  • Access to, and interaction with, fellow circular economy leaders from across the entire network
  • A chance for participants to further develop and refine their own circular economy story

This year we are amplifying coverage for The Circulars to ensure the awards reach an even greater audience across the globe to help spread the circular economy message.

Please note that entry to the awards is free.

If you have a question about this year’s awards, please email the awards team: awardteam@thecirculars.org

View the Highlights from The Circulars 2018.

Top tips for submitting a winning entry

Whether you’re a multinational demonstrating innovation in its existing business, an early-stage organization at the vanguard of this exciting movement, a public sector body that is disrupting business as usual, or using technologies to enable the circular economy, the following tips will help you create a compelling entry.

  1. Tell a story

    A sure-fire way to guarantee your entry has a powerful impact and is memorable, is to share the journey you have been on with the reader. Tell a clear story – what makes your initiatives unique? And why should people care?
  2. Consider the themes

    This year’s key themes are leadership, innovation and value creation. Consider how these tie in with your journey and link them together to create an overall picture of what your particular organization or programme is achieving. Remember, if some of your answers to the individual questions in the entry form are stronger or weaker than others, having a compelling story will help bring it all together.
  3. Be concise

    We want to hear your story, but remember to use your word count wisely. Set the scene and tell the judges why your circular initiative innovative and will deliver lasting value, providing qualitative and quantitative data where appropriate to sufficiently address the question. There’s a soft limit of 150 words per question and a tracker on the entry form to help you stay within the word limit.
  4. Have you thought about a video?

    If you really want to bring your entry to life, consider creating a short video or utilizing an existing video that’s relevant. It’s an easy, accessible way for the judges to learn about what you’ve done – and if you become a finalist, you’ll be encouraged to create one anyway – so why not start thinking about it now?
  5. If you weren’t successful last year, don’t be put off

    There are benefits of entering again. This year’s categories have been updated together with the questions and the structure of the entry form, so it will be evaluated on slightly different variables.

Finally, if you experience any issues with filling out the entry form, get in touch with the awards team: awardteam@thecirculars.org who are on standby to deal with any issues or questions.

Entry Categories

Awards will be made in seven distinct categories to recognize the diversity of circular economy work taking place across the globe. There will also be a “People’s Choice” award winner as voted by the public via the website.

If you have a question about the entry categories, please email the awards team: awardteam@thecirculars.org.

Judging Process

The judging process will take place in October – November 2018. You can check out the leading circular economy experts on our judging panel here.

The judging process is as follows:

Entries will initially be reviewed against a standard marking scheme by The Circulars Award Team.
The judges will complete a desk based review of entries.
The judges will decide on the Finalists for each category.
The judges will determine the Winners and Runners Up for each category.