Insights

Find below some of the leading publications and documents on the circular economy.

The Circular Advantage:
Moving from Insight to Action

Five years ago, with Waste to Wealth, Accenture established that a $4.5 trillion global opportunity is on the table for organizations that incorporate five new circular business models and enabling technologies into their business construct. Since then, having analyzed more than 1,500 circular case studies, and having collaborated extensively with our clients and partners to deliver leading circular economy strategies around the globe, we’ve learned a lot.

We are pleased to share with you some of our findings, which will be developed further into a “how to” handbook, to be published in 2019. The handbook will support leaders with tangible circular strategies and actionable insights on how to scale the circular economy within their organization and drive competitive advantage through their value chain.

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The Circulars Yearbooks

2018

2018

Explore The Circulars 2018 Yearbook, featuring the leading entries from the 2018 program! The Yearbook showcases inspiring circular economy initiatives from private and public sector organizations around the globe. We hope the unique insights within inspire your own organization to take the next steps in your circular journey.

2017

2017

The Yearbook profiles the Winners and best entries from the 2017 awards, sharing examples of organisations leading the way in successfully implementing circular economy solutions. 

2016

2016

A profile of the best entries from the 2016 awards, sharing an overview of the solution and impact of the leading examples of circular economy innovation. 

2015

2015

The best entries from the inaugural Circulars award program, showcasing the pioneering examples of circular economy innovation. 

Circular Economy Thought Leadership

Circular Advantage

Circular Advantage

A discussion document published by Accenture Strategy, sharing the latest findings to support leaders in scaling the circular economy within their organization, whilst driving competitive advantage through their value chain.

Full Circle

Full Circle

A report, published by Accenture Strategy, sharing key statistics on the circular economy progress to date. 

Waste to Wealth

Waste to Wealth

Accenture’s book, Waste to Wealth, examines how the transition to a circular economy may be the biggest revolution and opportunity for how we organize production and consumption in our global economy in 250 years. Powered by advances in digital, it represents a huge opportunity for companies to create a circular advantage.

Our Articles

The New Business Norm

The New Business Norm

An overview of the role that technology plans in enabling the circular economy.

Water and the Circular Economy: 4 Barriers to Innovation and How to Overcome Them

Water and the Circular Economy: 4 Barriers to Innovation and How to Overcome Them

Written by Christophe Beck, President Nalco Water | An Ecolab Company, this article explores the urgency of our water challenge, the barriers to action and some innovative tech solutions being leveraged.

Our Global E-Waste Challenge and the Need for Leadership

Our Global E-Waste Challenge and the Need for Leadership

Written by Trisa Thompson, Senior Vice President and Chief Responsibility Officer at Dell, this article illustrates the growing challenge we face in dealing with the global rise of e-waste, sharing some of the key barriers to innovation as well as providing an insight into the work Dell are doing to lead the change.

Your Smart Devices are Using Too Much Water - Here's What Data Centers Can Do About It

Your Smart Devices are Using Too Much Water - Here's What Data Centers Can Do About It

Julie Lindley, Vice-President for Global Marketing, Nalco Water Light writes how data centers can act as a role model to other industies, paving the way to more sustainable water usage across business sectors.