“The circular economy offers an alternative model and a new way of thinking that inspires new innovation and growth in our business whilst protecting the world’s scarce resources.”

– Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and WBCSD Chairman

A circular economy could generate benefits of €1.8 trillion by 2030 in Europe alone, reports the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. Clearly the circular economy is more than just a sustainability buzzword. But what are the real opportunities for embedding a circular approach within your business? And how can your company better integrate circular economy principles into its business model?

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is hosting a workshop to answer these questions for you. The WBCSD will provide guidance to help you accelerate your transition towards the circular economy, presenting its latest research and findings. Guest speakers from HP Inc and Interface will share how they're benefiting from taking a circular approach too.

When & where?

The workshop will be held on 30th November from 9am to 3pm (GMT) in London at the Interface Showroom.

Why attend?

  • Find out about the benefits and opportunities to embedding a circular approach within your business
  • Depending on your role or function within your company, hear about the various circular practices that you can implement
  • See how companies are seeing results from adopting circular approaches.

Who should attend?

  • Mid-level professionals from multinationals and SMEs interested in how they can contribute to the circular economy within their companies.
  • Professionals working in the following departments: research, development and innovation; procurement; production and manufacturing; sales and marketing; waste management; finance and accounting

Interesting talks

  • Circular Economy Guidance, presented by Brendan Edgerton, Manager of Circular Economy, WBCSD
  • Case study: Bringing sustainability full circle, presented by Mark Dempsey, UK Sustainability Manager for HP Inc.
  • From Mission Zero to Climate Take Back: challenges, solutions and lessons learnt in commercialising the circular economy, presented by Jon Khoo, Innovation Partner for Interface

How do I register?

Fill in the form below to register your interest. Hurry, there are only 30 spaces available!

Meet our speakers

Brendan Edgerton is the Manager of Circular Economy at WBCSD in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously he worked at the Climate Bonds Initiative, Walt Disney Imagineering and Office Depot. His career in sustainable development spans green building, life cycle assessment, entrepreneurship and the circular economy. He earned an MBA at the Yale School of Management and has a Masters in Environmental Management and a Bachelor’s in Ecological Design. 

Mark Dempsey is the UK Sustainability Manager for HP Inc. He previously worked as: European Environmental Policy Advisor for Hewlett Packard, Manager of the Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group at Westminster, and Development Officer for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. He has detailed knowledge of the circular economy, resource efficiency, and environmental management for businesses, and experience of leading and influencing policy in Westminster and Brussels. Mark has a degree in Geography, a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management, and is a member of the CIWM and IEMA.  

Jon Khoo is an Innovation Partner at Interface, focussing on sustainability, intrapreneurship and climate change. Following his career as a city lawyer, Jon joined Interface in 2012 having chosen to reapply his skills to tackle the global challenges of marine plastics, inequality and climate change. Jon's key focus has been Interface and the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Net-WorksTM partnership, a community-based supply chain for discarded fishing nets that empowers communities and replenishes the oceans. Jon is also a trustee for environmental charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

This workshop is supported by Climate-KIC. Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, is one of the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010. The EIT is the European Union body tasked with creating sustainable European growth and jobs while dealing with the global challenges of our time.