(World Bank)

The linear, take-make-dispose economy that has driven economic growth over the past several hundred years has generated wealth and lifted individuals out of poverty. It has also created vast amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, wasted valuable natural resources, and harmed fragile ecosystems.

Many in the business community have recognized sustainability to be a judicious choice that serves economic, environmental, and societal goals. From large corporations to entrepreneurial start-ups, private sector players have begun embracing this transformation and new business opportunities, through innovative business models, close coordination along their value chains, enhanced processes and products, and a general reevaluation of what works and why.

Systems change requires complex solutions. Join us in this curated learning series to better understand how the private sector makes sense of these complexities and help accelerate the world’s transition toward a regenerative and circular economy.



Each session will bring together leading experts to consider and provide evidence-based responses to the complex questions inherent to systems change, including: Can circularity be competitive? How does the transition translate in emerging economy contexts? What is the role of international donors, policy makers, and regulation? How can it help spur a COVID-19 response?

1. CE and competitiveness – Sept. 21, 2020 6. Textile and apparel – Dec. 2020
2. Eco-Industrial Parks – Oct. 7, 2020 7. Tourism – Jan. 2021
3. Plastics – Oct. 21, 2020 8. Automotive – Feb. 2021
4. Digital economy – Nov. 2020 9. Electronics – March 2021
5. Construction – Nov. 2020 10. CE and the future of industries – Apr. 2021

*Note: exact dates and times to be confirmed. Topics may be added or removed. Each 1.5-hour session will be conducted virtually and recorded.