2020 marks the beginning of the “Decade of Action” to accelerate progress toward greater global sustainability. While COVID-19 continues to present the business community with unprecedented challenges, sustainability remains a priority for many.
This year the Chamber Foundation made the difficult decision to postpone our sixth annual Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit, hosted in collaboration with National Geographic Society, until 2021. Given the need for urgent climate action, however, we are excited to announce a virtual Sustainability Summit Series, focusing how business leaders are adapting to the challenges faced in this crucial and unprecedented time. These carefully curated, interactive sessions will go beyond the “what” and “why” of sustainability priorities as we know them, to explore how sustainability leaders can continue the momentum in the new normal, gleaning lessons from the corporate response to the pandemic.
The first session of this series was themed Circularity for a Sustainable and Secure Future.
What is the role of materials management in the quest to reduce waste and transition to closed loop production systems? There are a myriad of new technologies and processes that leverage circular thinking to increase materials efficiencies and promote positive environmental impact. This conversation discussed the role that circular materials management can play in both achieving sustainability goals and responding to resource-constrained settings such as the COVID-19 pandemic.