The Circulars 2017 – Our mission is changing

In 2013, the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce came together with the vision of ‘’a socially and environmentally prosperous world where profitable businesses provide smart goods and services within the resource limits of the planet”. To set about achieving this, the Taskforce set the mission to build universal awareness amongst business leaders of the case for change, to show that the circular economy represents a wealth of business opportunities which can reduce costs, increase profits and future proof businesses in a world of depleting finite resources.

This mission was very much about taking the circular economy concept beyond a niche group of experts to a broader audience and, since the inception of the Taskforce, the achievements in doing this have been remarkable. The momentum we built with the Taskforce has been the driving force behind the publication of many pieces of thought leadership, including Waste to Wealth. Furthermore, in 2015, the Taskforce launched the The Circulars award program. In the two years The Circulars has been running, the program has attracted over 400 entrants, from 36 countries. As a result, The Circulars is regarded as the platform to showcase innovative circular solutions.

Based on this success, while the vision remains constant, the Taskforce believe that the mission must now evolve, building on previous success by heightening its focus on enabling an understanding of the circular economy among business leaders, policymakers and political leaders, allowing for  the circular economy to be fully appreciated as a viable response to the global resource challenge.  Furthermore, through this enhanced understanding, the Taskforce will aim to drive a more action-orientated agenda to shift and accelerate circular economy business models in becoming a central focus for a greater number of influential companies.

Mission

The mission of the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce is:
‘’To increase awareness of the potential of circular economy business models to both create value and make better use of finite resources; to enable understanding of how to adopt these models and to drive action through celebrating the success of those businesses which are leading the way.’’

Increasing Awareness

  • Continue to target a broader audience across business, public sector and civil society
  • Circulate content through an increased number of online media channels
  • Shift focus to an integrated systems based approach which decouples growth from natural resources

Enabling Understanding

  • Provide program content which clearly defines circular economy concept
  • Explore new avenues of circular economy engagement
  • Share insights from case studies and innovations in a way which is tangible and digestible

Driving Action

  • Support framework for action implementation
  • Ensure valuable, meaningful and tangible interactions at WEF / other events
  • Continue to develop Circulars community enabled through collaborative knowledge sharing opportunities

Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce

The Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders (YGL) initiative. The vision of the taskforce is to create a socially and environmentally prosperous world where profitable businesses provide smart goods and services within the resource limits of the planet. The mission of the taskforce has evolved, building on previous success by heightening its focus on enabling an understanding the circular economy among business leaders, policymakers and political leaders, allowing the circular economy to be fully appreciated as a viable response to the global resource challenge.

The YGL Circular Economy Taskforce Co-Chairs lead The Circulars program:

  • David Rosenberg

    CEO & Co-Founder
    AeroFarms

  • Ida Auken

    MP
    Danish Parliament

  • Peter Lacy

    Global Managing Director,
    Growth, Strategy & Sustainability,
    Accenture Strategy

  • Rain Newton-Smith

    Chief Economist
    CBI