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Resilience in the Round - seizing the growth opportunities of a circular economy - explores how the transition to a circular economy presents opportunities for growth and competitive advantage in a resource constrained world.

Resource-efficient Business Models - The Road to Resilience and Prosperity - calls on the next Government to make significant fiscal and regulatory reforms to help UK businesses be more resource efficient and boost the United Kingdom’s economic competitiveness.

In a double-dip recession, some question whether there is still room for “going green”. The business response in this report is definitive and emphatic: green is not just complementary to growth, but is a vital driver of it. And not just for companies traditionally defined as “green”.

Companies need a better understanding of the value they create for society in order to protect and create corporate value. This report from KPMG identifies three key drivers that are that are closing the gap between corporate and societal value creation.

This report reveals data on resource use and resource efficiency for all countries of the world over three decades, from 1980 – 2008. The data covers the global, continental and country level, featuring illustrative case studies.

This report argues that the manufacturing sector could realise net materials cost savings worth up to $ 630 billion p.a. towards 2025—stimulating economic activity in the areas of product development, remanufacturing and refurbishment.

This report, developed in response to concerns about the availability of some raw materials, details how the Government plans to partner with businesses to address them.

This report focuses on how consumption can be made more sustainable through decoupling growth from environmental impact at the scale and speed required. It builds on four years of engagement by the World Economic Forum with leading businesses.

Independent research, conducted by Brook Lyndhurst on behalf of Defra, considers how long consumers expect certain types of products to last, and how long they prefer to own them for. It contains interesting insights on the tension between designing for extended lifetime and convincing consumers to replace products less frequently.

This report from the Carbon Trust seeks to understand and explain how large businesses are responding to climate change and resource scarcity today. Are the unsinkable ships of the business world running full steam ahead into dangerous waters?

This report from SustainAbility explores the role and practice of business model innovation in the context of sustainability. It breaks down the innovative models and tries to better understand their origins, mechanics and implications.

The first Blueprint report from Carbon Tracker looks at the framework for hard wiring the necessary risk management and associated governance procedures into the decision making processes of companies to manage climate risk, preserve value and manage the transition.

This blueprint aims to provide practical support to CSR/Sustainability managers in driving the effort of embedding human rights across the organisation and Human Resource, Purchasing and Risk/Legal managers in clarifying their roles and
responsibilities when contributing to the embedding efforts.

Calls for a paradigm shift in education and learning to create the conditions for future economic success by ensuring that education and training is better designed for future needs and not merely adjusted to remedy current shortages.

Calls on the government to focus on the six characteristics of an economy that works to best enable the UK to meet the growing global demand for smart, low carbon and resource efficient solutions and enable the UK to take a lead in the global race.

The annual PwC Low Carbon Economy Index centres on one core statistic: the rate of change of global carbon intensity. In 2012 it estimated that the required improvement in global carbon intensity to meet a 2ºC warming target has risen to 5.1% a year, from now to 2050. Hence the title: "Too late for two degrees?"

This report reflects the opinions from Accenture’s 2012 Sustainability 24 debate, representing a large number of global thought leaders and senior executives across industry, civil society and government, to capture the latest thinking on sustainability.

Details the opportunity for UK businesses to unlock around £100 billion annually from innovations that address social and environmental challenges and put sustainability at the heart of business.

Towards the Circular Economy Volume 2: opportunities for the consumer goods sector builds on the 2012 report. It makes the case for a faster adoption, quantifies the economic benefits of circular business models, and lays out recommended pathways for action.

WRAP's study into the capacity for treatment and recovery of strategic raw materials in the UK and abroad, the barriers to increasing this capacity and potential corrective actions.

JWT's trend report explores the revival of an alternative economic model that's designed to reduce waste and is steadily gaining ground. Among other things the report highlights how brands need to reframe the customer relationship in order to become more cyclical.

This whitepaper is aimed at businesses who are interested in exploring what the circular economy and usage based business models might mean to them. (Registration required)

In a circular economy, growth comes from ‘within’, by increasing the value derived from existing economic structures, products and materials. This major report quantifies the benefits for Europe – in terms of growth, household income, and environmental outcomes – of adopting a circular development path compared with our current linear one.

Model Behavior II: Strategies to Rewire Business offers guidance to large companies and innovators within those organizations to harness the power of business model innovation that creates a more sustainable future.

This report from the Natural Capital Coalition argues that valuing natural capital specifically can improve business decisions on risk management, supply chain sourcing decisions, new markets/investments, saving costs, sustaining revenues and environmental performance.

This report contains a series of articles from brand leaders supported by links to video content, audio, slides and other resources. By outlining key macro trends, brand stories and science-based evidence, speakers have proven that purpose-driven brands are quickly becoming essential to surviving and thriving as a business in a complex 21st century economy.

The Green Foundations report explores how high environmental performance can help businesses save money and have wide-ranging social benefits, and argues that better regulation will create a healthy environment for growth and jobs.

This report on “An Economy That Works” initiative hosts contributions from leading experts on the six core areas of An Economy That Works: high employment, equality of opportunity, wellbeing, low carbon development, zero waste and enhancing the UK’s natural capital.

In the 14th report from the Environmental Audit Committee, MPs call for lower VAT on recycled products, longer warranty periods for consumer goods and a ban on food waste being sent to landfill to help insulate the UK from rising resource prices by creating a more 'circular economy'.

The 2014 BIFM Sustainability Survey shows continued progress, with over 60% of respondents reporting that their organisation implements sustainability policies very effectively. Facilities managers say that the regulatory drivers are increasing senior management engagement.

Study by Shell Springboard and the Carbon Trust reveals "The new engines of growth" and forecasts an export boom for low carbon SMEs targeting £3 trillion global low carbon economy.

Towards the Circular Economy vol.3: accelerating the scale-up across global supply chains, finds that over US$1 trillion a year could be generated by 2025 for the global economy and 100,000 new jobs created for the next five years by increasing the rate of recycling, reuse and remanufacture.

This report from the Gaia Foundation explores one of the key drivers of mining – the production of consumer electronic products – and alerts us to the true costs of these ubiquitous objects.

The Accenture report into Decision Maker Attitudes and Approaches Towards Sustainability in Business was conducted in 2011 among C-Suite Executives in China, North America and the United Kingdom and finds achievements often exceed expectations.

Valuing social, environmental, tax and economic impacts means that business is now able to compare the total impacts of their decisions and manage the trade-offs. Total Impact provides a new language for business desicions.

This project by Zero Waste Scotland is the first attempt to quantify the carbon impacts of a circular economy in Scotland and is one of the first globally to quantify the environmental impacts of the circular economy at a national scale.

The longest-running survey of its kind, the 2015 annual Sustainability Leaders report marks 20 years’ worth of tracking and analysis on the evolution of the sustainability agenda, and of the leaders and institutions most responsible for driving it forward.

The Natural Capital Coalition aims to embed the valuation of natural capital into business decision making. This report aims to tackle the lack of a harmonised framework for doing so.

This report, written on behalf of 75 organisations with over US$2 trillion of procurement spend, explores how suppliers can be mobilised to accellerate our transition towards a climate resilient world
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