Our Network evolved from a group of four founding partners, who were the companies that supported Ellen MacArthur during her record-breaking sailing career. From this small original group, in just over a decade, we have convened the world’s leading circular economy network.
The Network’s tiered structure of Strategic Partners, Partners and Members is informed by factors such as organisational size, influence, ambition level, and involvement with our key focus areas.
Some of the leading companies in key industries and three of the world’s largest cities. We work closely with this group to support them in becoming circular pioneers, with the potential to set the direction in their respective sectors. The Strategic Partner group also contains our main philanthropic funders.
Highly influential organisations that publicly endorse the circular economyA systems solution framework that tackles global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution. It is based on three principles, driven by design: eliminate waste and pollution, circulate products and materials (at their highest value), and regenerate nature.. Our Partners play a leading role in one or more of the Foundation’s key action areas.
Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana
Glasgow City Council
University of Exeter
Organisations with significant reach, staff size, and scale of operations with a high-level of internal buy-in. Through their staff, example setting, and supplier networks, Member organisations have great potential to influence the transition.
Our wider Network group: the community
Those who want to signal their commitment to the circular economy and connect with other circular economy professionals can join our open community.
This group comprises more than a thousand organisations, from start-ups to large established companies, together constituting a diverse and open community for knowledge sharing and collaboration. This part of the network is connected through the digital Community Platform, allowing the entire Network to connect, learn, and propose projects directly.