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All the winners of the contest promoted by Accenture for enterprises and public bodies engaged in changing the system.
In Davos, Switzerland, eight circular economy heroes were awarded the prize for The Circulars, a contest for enterprises, citizens, public bodies and organisations that showed the most engagement in minimizing their environmental impact and contributed to advancing towards a new sustainability-based economic system.
The winners were selected among over 200 candidates from 36 Countries. The judging panel was composed by the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader community and experts from business and civil society. The contest was organized by Accenture and sponsored by BT, Ecolab, Alliance Trust and SABMiller, with Fortune as media partner.
These are the winners:
THE FORTUNE AWARD FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY LEADERSHIP
Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM, a Dutch multinational company that shifted from coal extraction to healthcare products and renewable energies. In particular, DSM is at the forefront of research in the field of substitutes to fossil fuels.
Dajian Zhu, Director of the Institute of Governance for Sustainability, Tongji University, Shangai, for helping the shifting of business attitudes towards eco-design models all over China.
THE ACCENTURE AWARD FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY MULTINATIONAL
Royal Philips, for pursuing circular economy models in healthcare technology and lighting, and for developing circular sales criteria which will be active starting from 2020.
Veolia, for adopting circular strategies for remanufacturing, product life cycle prolongation, waste water recycling and energy efficiency.
THE ECOLAB AWARD FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY ENTERPRISE
Optoro, for designing high quality reverse logistic solutions that change the way retailers manage their distressed inventory: instead of classifying it as waste, the software developed by the company helps to present it as source of value.
THE YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER AWARD FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY ENTREPRENEUR
Lanzatech, provider of clean technological solutions that produces commercially successful and durable materials starting from the recycling of low-carbon fuels an chemicals.
THE AWARD FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY GOVERNMENTS, CITIES AND REGIONS
Flanders’ Materials Programme, which describes itself as a “network of networks”, for conducting intensive research and creating circular economy packages to help public and private organizations adopt circular procurement models.
THE BT AWARD FOR DIGITAL DISRUPTOR
Materials Marketplace, a collaboration between the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) and Corporate Eco Forum, for creating a cloud based collaborative platform with global partners to track and exchange undervalued materials among multinationals and small and medium enterprises.
THE ALLIANCE TRUST AWARD FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY INVESTORS
DLL Financial Solutions, for providing financing and leasing equipment to extend the life cycle of technical assets.
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AWARD
Canon, for being the first company to implement a closed loop recycling system for printer cartridges in 1992. Canon has extended its global toner recycling program to 24 countries.