Circular Economy Business Model

 
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Championing Sustainable Innovations in Energy Transition

In an era where global awareness for climate change and its impacts is more increasing than ever, Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement seems to conflict with recent global trends. Rather than following Trump’s withdrawal, national leaders from different continents are accelerating their efforts. One of the main focus areas to counter climate change is the roll out of renewable energy, with offshore wind as one of the sleeping giants.
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Sustainable Innovation in BMW's Business Model Canvas

“Think ahead” is the statement claimed by the BMW Group for their holistic approach of sustainable mobility. With the launch of Project i, BMW addresses its business strategy from a different perspective, since it defines sustainability as the next premium for products and services for individual mobility. The 4 Actions Framework can be used to determine which actions have been taken by BMW to reconstruct their Business Model Canvas towards a more sustainable one.
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The McDonald’s Business Model Canvas

The McDonald's brand is probably one of the best-known across the globe. Let's dig a little deeper. In our range of Business Model Canvas series, we present the McDonald's business model. What are the strategic differentiators and in which areas might there be room for sustainable innovation to create a more circular business model?
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Circular Economy in Chemicals: Materiality in Material Science

According to chemical industry association Cefic, the EU chemical industry’s share of world markets has seriously declined in the past 20 years. In 1995 EU industry sales amounted to €326 billion, representing 32.3% of worldwide sales. Two decades on, the EU chemicals sales have grown almost 60% but the market share has dropped to a meagre 14.7% in 2015. This “dilution effect” looks set to continue. Demand for chemicals is growing strongly in China, India and other emerging countries but slowly in Europe and North America, where Europe sells most of its chemicals. What can sustainable innovation contribute to this challenge?
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6 Ingredients to Leapfrog Sustainable Innovation Starting Today

The urgency to create systemic change is steadily increasing, and so are live cases that prove that sustainable agriculture is building its momentum. One of the convincing cases is Sundrop Farms, an innovative leader in sustainable agriculture, growing fresh fruits and vegetables using renewable inputs to create a circular economy business model.
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Circular Crustaceans: Learning from a Frontrunner Failure

At increasing speed, the world is currently undergoing the energy transition. For businesses around the globe, this means new challenges and possibilities for innovation and transformation towards circular economy business models are emerging. So are businesses cashing in on those opportunities? Doubtful: research suggests that 84% of executives agree that innovation is important to the growth strategy of their company. Unfortunately, only 6% of executives were pleased with the innovation performance of their company. What can we learn from fail-often start-ups to help address those new possibilities for innovation?
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Umicore: Mining the Opportunities of the Circular Economy

In a joint effort, GRI and RobecoSAM investigated the most material issues in the Mining, Metals and Electric Utilities sectors from both the company and investor perspective (refer to download section). Surprisingly, they found little agreement on the top issues concerning strategic direction between both. Where investors are keen to learn how companies plan to keep up with these long-term changes and trends, such as commodity prices, climate change and resource scarcity, companies tend to emphasize their performance on more operational topics such as environmental management and health & safety.
Strategic partnerships for the circular economy transition

Partnering for Change is Coming into Fashion

Global fashion retailer C&A, together with its C&A Foundation, is looking to transform the fashion industry. Through financial support, sharing expertise and providing access to specialists, the Foundation aims to support changemakers and drive the sector’s transition to a circular economy.
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Collaboration with Competition: Peer Partnerships for Society

Traditionally, value chain partnerships are set up between companies with complementary capabilities, resources, products and services. To increase the impact of their sustainability efforts, companies increasingly find that collaboration with competitors can be a useful approach. These partnerships typically lead to synergies for all parties involved, including an increased scalability of their sustainability efforts, cost savings and improved performance. In addition, peer partnerships can fuel new business models and, thus, new revenue streams.
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Designing Cool Ice Cream Business Models for the Circular Economy

Early 2017 TIAS Business School in Tilburg hosted a case challenge event to select its representative for the Nespresso MBA Sustainability Challenge. Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner of Finch & Beak, took seat in the jury to select the best team for competition in the challenge. Nespresso has been organizing the Nespresso Sustainability MBA Challenge as a means of stimulating sustainable innovation. Previous challenges included sustainability related topics such as brand image and integrated supply chains.
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