Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs will be added as relevant queries are addressed.

  • I have submitted an application to The Circulars 2019. When will I hear about the status of my application?

    All entrants will be informed as to the status of their application, whether they progress to the Finalist stage or not. 

    This information will be shared privately in early November.

    Those entries who have progressed as Finalists will  proceed to the next stage of the judging process (see Step 5 of What process will the judges follow to select the winners?)

  • Who can apply to The Circulars?

    The Circulars is open to any individuals or organizations from commerce and civil society that have made a notable contribution to driving circular economy principles.

  • Is there a fee associated with entry?

    There is no fee for entry.

  • If I entered The Circulars previously, can I enter again?

    We hope that through the application and feedback process, entrants will improve their circular economy business year on year, driving more innovation and an increasing adoption of circular models. Therefore, we encourage those who entered The Circulars previously to enter again this year.

  • Who do I contact for queries or support?

    Please reach out to the Circulars Award Team at

  • What is the deadline for the submission of my entry?

    The Circulars 2019 will be open August 1st. Register to enter this year's awards.

    Entries close the 30th of September 2018.

  • Where can I find the entry form questions?

    You can access all entry form questions, in PDF format, once you register for an account. You are able to register here.

    Please email with any queries.

  • How many questions do I have to answer on the entry form?

    The entry forms vary depending on the category; however, you will have to answer no more than 10 content-based questions.

  • How much detail do I need to provide in my responses on the entry form?

    Answers should be kept succinct (150 words), but provide enough qualitative and quantitative detail to sufficiently address the question. If you have supporting information (e.g. videos, graphs or charts), this can be attached at the bottom of the entry form.

  • When does the judging process take place?

    The judging process will take place in the Autumn of 2019.

  • What process will the judges follow to select the winners?

    The judging process follows a careful procedure that ensures quality and thoroughness:

    1. A review of all entries conducted by The Circulars Award Team against a set of designated criteria
    2. The Award Team recommend suggested finalists to the judging panel
    3. The Judges conduct a desk-based review of the suggested finalists
    4. Judges comment on the applications and identify key points to address
    5. Award Team host calls with finalists based on judges recommendations
    6. Award Team, Judges and Co-Chairs participate in a round of judging calls to determine the Winners and Runners Up

  • What is the timeline followed for the award program?

    1. Entries Open
    Online applications for The Circulars 2019 will be open 1st August – 30th September

    2. Entries Close
    Entries for The Circulars 2019 will close 30th September, 2018.

    3. Judging Process
    An esteemed judging panel, drawn from the Young Global Leader community and leading circular economy experts across business and civil society, will review applications during October and November. In parallel, the People’s Choice Finalists will be made available on the website for public voting, dates TBC.

    4. Finalist Selection
    The judges will determine The Circulars 2019 finalists for each category by the end of 2018. The Finalists will be promoted via the website and across multiple media channels, including social media and publications.

    5. Finalist Q&A Session
    The judges shall hold Q&A session with all selected finalists, to aid their decision on who shall be awarded as winners and runners-up.

    6. Awards Ceremony
    The Circulars 2019 awards ceremony will be held at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January 2019. Winners and runners-up will be invited to attend the digital and engaging ceremony to showcase their circular economy innovation to a global audience.

  • How many winners will be recognised for each category?

    There will be one Winner and one Runner-Up selected for each of the categories, unless the entries warrant otherwise. 

  • How will you deal with confidential data?

    No non-anonymised and untraceable data will be shared outside the Circulars Awards Team, the Co-Chairs and the judges. The judging process will be completely confidential. If your entry is selected as a winner, runner-up, finalist, or highly recommended, the Team will work with you on a one-to-one basis to ensure you are comfortable with the information that is disclosed. For more information, please check our Privacy page via the bottom of our website.

  • How can I find out more about the circular economy?

    If you are interested in finding out more about the circular economy, please refer to the publications on our Insights page.