What will it take to ensure a just, inclusive circular economy for workers, consumers and underrepresented communities?
The circular economy has been heralded as a transformative opportunity towards a new, regenerative economic model. However, many of the populations that will build this transition — from waste collectors to workers across the supply chain — are often excluded from decision-making process and unable to access the theoretical economic opportunity. How then do we engage the most marginalized stakeholder groups to authentically take ownership of the circular transition? How can we localize new strategies to address the problems that are most pressing for communities, rather than overly fixated on a theoretical future benefit? This session explored what real collaboration looks like with underrepresented communities in order to build a more inclusive and just circular economy for all stakeholders.
Co-Creating an Inclusive Circular Economy
Garry Cooper, CEO & Co-founder, Rheaply
Renay Loper, Vice President, Program Innovation, PYXERA Global
Jessica Stago, Change Labs Director of Business Incubation, Grand Canyon Trust
This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s Circularity 21, June 15-17, 2021.