A shift from the take-make-waste model to the innovative circular economy model is essential for our planet and our future. It can also serve as an opportunity for companies to create new revenue streams and address resource constraint risks. However, taking the vision of a circular economy, in which everything is reused and nothing is wasted, and translating that into tangible business best practices can be challenging.
This is why, five years ago, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation started organizing annual business delegation tours, to inspire new ideas and profitable actions that companies can take to eliminate waste by design and achieve a circular economy.
On September 9-10, this unique invitation-only event brought together business leaders and other industry experts to explore circular opportunities that help decouple economic growth from resource constraints while driving growth, performance, competitiveness, and innovation.
Through hands-on tours of organizations implementing circular strategies and interactive peer-to-peer discussion and networking, attendees were inspired and equipped with clear insights and specific opportunities on which their organizations can capitalize to bring circular solutions to scale.
This tour offered unique access to decision makers with the necessary purchasing power and authority to accelerate the circular economy transition. Previous tours in the U.S. have also included participation from JetBlue Airways, Citi, Colgate-Palmolive, Danish Cleantech Hub, Microsoft, Mondelez International, Philips, Subaru, Tetra Pak, Veolia, and Walgreens Boots Alliance.
2019 Amsterdam tour invitees included AB InBev, AT&T, BD, Campbell Soup, Cisco, Dow Chemical, DSM, DuPont, FedEx, General Mills, Guardian Life Insurance, Kohler, Kroger, Marriott International, McDonald’s, Philips, Rabobank, Steelcase, United Airlines, Walmart, Whirlpool, and many others as well as invited circular economy leaders from across Amsterdam.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Stephanie Potter.