The Global Centre of Excellence in Circular Economy

Inspire - Connect - Mobilise - Scale... Transform

We exist to scale the adoption of Circular Economy principles and actions by industry, government and community.

We do this through multi-sectoral collaboration, investment nexus, building capacity, policy reforms, and technology commercialisation. 


Why Us?

Focus– Amongst the noise, we prioritise and focus.

Scale– We forge partnerships for large scale commercial action around existing and future capabilities and technologies. 

Integration – We integrate policy, regulation, market instruments, technology and education for whole of system change.

Reform– We enable governments to rapidly streamline policy and regulatory reforms.

Co-design– We co-design projects for collective impact in partnership with governments, companies, individuals, and investors.


C360 analyses global challenges and trends, whilst engaging with top leaders in their fields. 

The following 5 pillars underpin our work in the circular economy:

  • Leadership
  • Investment
  • Policy
  • Education
  • Technology

What is the circular economy?

The circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value, decoupling global economic development from finite resource consumption.

The focus is to design out waste. The products of today are also the raw materials of tomorrow. The concept of the circular economy is universally applicable across all sectors: it pervades everything we do, everything we make and everything we use. The circular economy is based on five key principles:

What can the circular economy do for your organisation?

There are vast, long-term benefits to be gained for businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations:

resource security

Obtaining the maximum value from products during use and after their service life via recovery and regeneration of their components can reduce sourcing costs and lowers business risk.

New revenue streams

Generating income by selling the by-products of waste regeneration, extending product life via refurbishment, remanufacturing and repair, leasing and “return and refill” services.

Lower materials costs

Businesses can reduce their reliance on expensive raw materials and can shorten supply chains and transport costs through local material production.

Stronger customer relationships

Fostering longer-term relationships by providing products with longer useful lives, a lower environmental footprint, and fewer toxic ingredients and components.

Business resilience and sustainability

Ensuring business success well into the future by securing circular material supply chains and avoiding resource scarcity.

Demonstrates corporate responsibility

Using circular economy principles represents a tangible commitment to protecting the health of our citizens, the livability of our cities and regions, and our natural environment.

Partnering with the
Global Centre of Excellence in Circular Economy

We work with you to co-design circular economy programs that leverage international collaboration and funding opportunities, enabling you to:
  • Play a leadership role
  • Join a vibrant international ecosystem
  • Leverage our International partnerships with influential organisations
  • Collaborate on major funding proposals and large projects
  • Influence policy reform
  • Gain access to vital knowledge
  • Access training and capacity building programs
  • Access and provide funding via international markets
  • Participate in research and development partnerships
  • Build and promote your green credentials

Read more by visiting our Partner page, and get access to your Circular360 Partner Starter Kit, detailing how you can get involved.

Our initiatives

We work with partners on a variety of initiatives from education and training, through to research and development, global networking, advocacy and policy and the accelerated commercialisation of new ideas.

The Global Leadership Program on the Circular Economy

Developed in collaboration between the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, South Australian Government, Circular Economy Alliance Australia, and international experts, this program is specifically tailored for senior sustainability leaders, CEOs and executives. It is an exclusive program for change agents, role-models and innovators who think and act on a global scale.

The program enables participants to develop a comprehensive understanding of the circular economy in the areas of governance, enforcement, policy, technology, market instruments, community partnership, and education while in the company of international peers and experts.


Find out more about becoming a partner and accessing our programs by clicking below:

The Global Centre of Excellence in Circular Economy is established as a follow up to the Adelaide 3R Declaration towards the Promotion of Circular Economy in Asia and the Pacific under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Adelaide 3R Declaration was agreed by the member countries at the 7th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific in 2016, hosted by the Australian Government, Government of South Australia along with the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).