Define 'circular economy'
When you start a circular procurement project, you must first determine what ‘circular economy’ means to your organisation. Remember to stay in tune with both national policies and local priorities: for instance, objectives regarding the biobased economy or the creation of local employment. You need to distinguish between the definition of the concept (‘A circular economy is …’) and a definition for a specific product group (‘A circular clothing item is …’).
- Make sure you have a clear definition of the circular economy, that serves as the starting point for your organisation.
- Link the definition for your organisation to the local context and internal priorities.
- For each procurement project, determine a definition that matches the context of the project.
This infographic explains the concept of the circular economy: a technical and biological cycle that focusses on high-value reuse of products and (raw) materials.
This academic paper shows the large variation in definitions of circular economy. Most definitions identify economic growth as the main underlying objective.
This Roadmap enables you to explore, among other things, the background of circular procurement and formulating an ambition.