Finance and the circular economy
This topic area looks at the role of the financial sector in the shift to a circular economy.
A white paper published by the Foundation in collaboration with Bocconi University and Intesa Sanpaolo sets out new evidence demonstrating how circular economy strategies can de-risk investments and drive superior risk-adjusted returns for investors and financial institutions.
22 July 2021 | Bocconi University’s analysis of 200+ European, publicly listed companies across 14 industries shows that the higher the circularity of a company, the lower its risk of defaulting on debt, and the higher the risk-adjusted returns on its stock.
The paper reveals how circular economycircular 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. strategies can reduce investment risk by decoupling economic growth from resource consumption, diversifying business models, and allowing businesses to better anticipate stricter regulation and changing customer preferences. Embedding circular economy principles also reduces exposure to supply chain disruptions and volatility of resource prices.
The circular economy is increasingly recognised by the financial sector as a value creation opportunity that delivers on goals related to climate and other global challenges. The paper sets out a case study of European bank and Strategic Partner to the Foundation Intesa Sanpaolo, which is pursuing better growth by:
setting the circular economy as a strategic priority;
innovating in financial products and adopting proactive circular economy credit policies and lending strategies;
actively supporting the development of the circular economy market; and
exploring the integration of the circular economy into risk models.
Read more about our work on financing the circular economy here.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. We develop and promote the idea of a circular economy, and work with business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.
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