As of 31st August 2023, Circulytics is closed to submissions.
At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, supporting organisations on their 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. journey is one of our top priorities. That’s why, in 2020, we launched Circulytics — a data-driven tool that allowed companies to measure their circular economy performance, highlighting successes and identifying areas for improvement.
More recently, the adoption of circular economy indicators in mandatory reporting frameworks is a welcome development, such as the forthcoming European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) which the Foundation has informed and is in good alignment with many Circulytics indicators. With more than 2,000 companies signed up to Circulytics, this collective effort has helped to shape the circular economy measurement landscape and we’d like to thank everyone who completed an assessment or provided feedback to date.
Given the fast-changing non-financial reporting landscape, many companies will be concentrating effort on regulated disclosure requirements. Now is the time for harmonisation and streamlining of reporting. The Foundation will therefore be stepping away from data collection and individual performance assessments based on Circulytics.
This means we will not accept new Circulytics submissions after 31st August 2023.
The Circulytics methodology and resources will remain available on our website for reference, and we will explore opportunities to enhance its value as a tool for the preparation of disclosures.
As a priority, we encourage organisations to disclose their circular economy performance as outlined in the ESRS, for their company’s global scope. To support this, we have published a two-way mapping of the ESRS Drafts and Circulytics indicators.
This decision is part of a suite of actions to evolve and strengthen the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's approach to circular economy measurement — including a refocus on the leadership credentials of our Network and efforts to harmonise the reporting landscape through metrics development and deeper collaborations with key actors.