The Circular Economy Innovation taskforce is an group of around 50 Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, who have come together to catalyse transformation towards a circular economy.

Our mission is to inspire leaders to embrace the Circular Economy business philosophy for their organizations and provide tangible examples of successful business models and means of implementation.

The Circular Economy Awards 2014

One way in which we can inspire and encourage transformation towards a circular economy is to establish a forum for innovation and best practice to be recognised and celebrated – the Circular Economy Awards or ‘Circulars’.

The Circular Economy Awards will be an annual event, which will recognise individuals and enterprises from commerce, civil society and academia who have made a notable contribution to driving Circular Economy principles through innovation, new business models, and leadership.

Speaker Series

The taskforce run a regular speaker series in which we hear from thought leaders on the cricular economy, drawn from academia, commerce and civil society. Recent speakers have included Marc Bolland, CEO M&S and Ellen MacArthur, sailor and founder of the Ellen MacArthur foundation.

A selection of the sessions are available on the YGL YouTube channel.



Publications and Documents

The taskforce has produced a number of articles and papers.

Sharing Economy Paper

Deep dive on the Sharing business model, produced by the Sharing Economy working group.


Fast Company Article

First published in Fast Company in January 2013, a look at the 5 generic business models of the circular economy.


Rocking the Cradle

Circular Economy thinking needs to be incorporated into core business value creation.


Davos Position Paper

A call to action setting out the arguments to transition to a circular economy.