23 Feb 2017 Circulars Nominate Dozens of Circular Economic Innovators
The finalists for the 2017 Circulars awards have been revealed, according to Sustainable Brands. The Circulars, created by the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, is the premiere circular economy award program. It officially recognizes the circular economic achievements of sustainably minded companies, individuals and organizations across the globe. Award entrants are true sustainable leaders, pushing forward the overall growth of the circular economy, and encouraging others to follow suit. The Circulars cover six different categories: Multinational, SME; leadership; government, cities and regions; and investor.
The finalists run the circular economic gamut. William McDonough was nominated for the Circular Economy leadership award. He was specifically nominated for his sustainability consultation work through his firm, McDonough Innovation, as well as through his architecture firm, McDonough + Partners, and MBDC, which is a cradle-to-cradle consulting firm. He co-authored Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking the Way we Make Things, which touches on a number of restorative systems, circular economic principles, and biological and technical cycles.
Johnson Controls, which specializes in global diversified technology, was nominated for the circular economy multinational award. The company is a true sustainable leader. It currently features a 99 percent recycling rate for batteries in North America, Europe and Brazil, and it produces new batteries with roughly 80 percent recycled materials. Fairphone, a small-medium enterprise (SME), was nominated for the SME award, and it specializes in producing sustainable devices, such as smartphones. This sustainable company features a transparent supply chain, and as part of an effort to cut down on electronic waste, the company also produces a modular smartphone, which allows for easy modification. Canada’s Simon Fraser University was nominated for the Governments, Cities and Regions award for its efforts to push forward the Canadian circular economy. The Circulars effectively showcase that sustainability minded companies and governments large and small are working hard to implement a global circular economy.
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