São Paulo is the first city to join our Network as a Strategic Partner — a group that already includes global businesses and philanthropic organisations.
The partnership builds on a long history of collaboration between the Foundation and São Paulo, supporting the City’s efforts to make progress against localised Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The City was among the first to sign our New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and has since introduced legislation to phase out single-use and problematic plastic packaging.
The agreement has been signed by the Municipal Secretary of International Affairs, on behalf of Mayor Bruno Covas, and will convene multiple city stakeholders and authorities to build a comprehensive circular economy approach for better growth in São Paulo - including: Municipal Waste Management Authority (AMLURB), Municipal Government Secretariat (SGM), Municipal Secretariat for Subprefectures (SMSUB), Municipal Secretariat for Economic Development, Labour and Tourism (SMDET), Municipal Secretariat for Human Rights and Citizenship (SMDHC), Municipal Secretariat of Education (SME), Municipal Secretariat for Housing (SEHAB), Municipal Secretariat of International Affairs (SMRI), and Municipal Secretariat for the Environment (SVMA).
It is an honour for the people of São Paulo and for our administration, that has invested in and will continue to bet on sustainable development programmes that also aim to create employment and income opportunities, to have São Paulo become the first city in the world to join the international circular economy network created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This strategic partnership already is a new milestone in São Paulo’s history, as it will allow us to drive circular economy projects and programmes in a systemic fashion, contribute to the dissemination of this concept not only in Brazil but more broadly in South America, and complement all existing efforts to strengthen our economy and reduce social inequalities
Bruno Covas - Mayor São Paulo
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