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The Circulars

Recognizing individuals and organizations innovating towards a circular economy.


The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, run in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, is the world’s premier circular economy award program. The award recognizes individuals and organizations across the globe that are making notable contributions to the circular economy in the private sector, public sector and society. The annual awards are hosted at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

Human industry has been in full swing for little over a century, yet it has brought about a decline in almost every ecosystem on the planet. Nature doesn’t have a design problem. People do.

William McDonough,
Architect, Designer and Author

Nature is the ultimate circular economy. Everything in nature has a design, purpose and use in the ecosystem. Nothing is wasted. Increasingly troubled by all the waste across various industries, and the toll it was taking on the environment and the human spirit, Dynamic Planet has helped facilitate The Circulars since 2015. We have connected groups to innovations in waste, water and energy management on islands and coastlines. Thoughtful recycling and upcycling take pressure off the wild and the demand for virgin materials. We would like to starve landfills and the ocean of trash, because right now wildlife is starving from that trash. The poisons from poor waste management including plastics are also directly affecting human health.

For more on The Circulars: thecirculars.org