Circular Economy

6 March 2019: The iPhone maker said it uncovered 27 "core violations" of labor rules, according to its 13th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, or a little more than half the 44 it reported last year. The report included 24 cases of falsified working hours and two cases of debt-bonded labor. Perhaps the best news for Apple: It didn't find any serious health and safety violations, instead mostly identifying poor health screenings and lack of appropriate permits.

28 January 2019. To create a new world, we need a new world order. And that order should be guided by a vision for shared prosperity and shaped, at least in part, by a circular economic model.

2019 The World Economic Forum, based in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1971 as a not-for-profit organization. It gained formal status in January 2015 under the Swiss Host-State Act, confirming the role of the Forum as an International Institution for Public-Private Cooperation.

23 January 2019

On the second day of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain town of Davos this paper was launched. It provides an initial exploration of the intersection of two emerging megatrends: artificial intelligence and the circular economy. Written in collaboration with Google, and with analytical support from McKinsey & Company, it represents a first step towards understanding how AI could accelerate the transition towards a circular economy at scale. It finds that AI can offer substantial improvements in three main areas: product design, operations, and infrastructure optimisation.

The research examines the application of AI in two value chains: food, and consumer electronics. The potential value unlocked by AI in helping design out waste in a circular economy for food is up to USD 127 billion a year in 2030. For consumer electronics the equivalent figure is up to USD 90 billion. The essential similarities between the opportunities in these two industries suggest they are applicable across the economy. Combining the power of AI with a vision for a circular economy represents a significant, and as yet, largely untapped, opportunity to harness one of the great technological developments of our time. It will support efforts to fundamentally reshape the economy into one that is regenerative, resilient, and fit for the long term. DOWNLOAD


22 January 2019

As business leaders gather in Davos for the World Economic Forum, new research from campaign group Circle Economy says there is “vast scope” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by re-using, re-manufacturing and re-cycling. A new report The Circularity Gap Report 2019 finds that the global economy is only 9 percent circular — just 9 percent of the 92.8 billion tonnes of minerals, fossil fuels, metals and biomass that enter the economy are reused annually.