2016 Sustainability Forum

Event Date: 
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 1:00pm to Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 4:00pm

Better Business, Better World: Mainstreaming the Circular Economy

On May 16 and 17, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted its 6th annual sustainability forum. The event convened thought leaders and practitioners from business, government, academia, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholder groups to explore opportunities and best practices for unlocking the value of the circular economy, and accelerating scalable solutions across global supply chains.

The circular economy, marked by creative innovations and a systems-level approach, can be used to tackle many of the world's most complex environmental and social challenges. Building on our 2015 conference The Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value, companies and other stakeholders will come together to identify practical approaches for implementing the circular economy from a design, process, service, and product perspective.

We explored the role and practical application of circular economy business models and disruptive innovation technologies, such as biofuels, biomimicry, and life and material sciences.

We also illustrated how companies can apply circular economy thinking and principles to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create positive global impact. And we examined tangible ways business can support and leverage some of the key circular economy enablers, such as employee engagement, natural capital, and financing infrastructure. 

This inspiring, action-oriented event attracted hundreds of the most influential leaders and thinkers from private and public sectors to explore the concepts, strategies and solutions that are redefining the role of business in society to help make the world a better place.

See a list of organizations that have participated in past forums here.

See a list of speakers that have participated in past forums here

Past Forums

Day 1 Webcast




Day 2 Webcast