The World Circular Economy Forum is a landmark event of the year that brings together business leaders, policymakers and experts to present the world’s best circular economy solutions.
The WCEF is a global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. We believe that truly competitive solutions are born when business and the environment go hand in hand. At Sitra, we work with partners to lead the way in the transition to a fair and competitive carbon-neutral circular economy – a new kind of society in which our everyday lives and well-being are no longer based on excessive consumption and fossil fuel use.
The World Circular Economy Forum brings together up to 2,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts from around the world to present the world’s best circular economy solutions. WCEF examines how businesses can seize new opportunities and gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions, and how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The first WCEF was held in Helsinki, Finland in June 2017 with 1,600 participants from nearly 100 countries. In 2018, Sitra took the concept to Yokohama, Japan where more than 1,100 circular economy experts discussed what we need to do to create a true circular economy by 2050. In 2019, the forum returned to Helsinki and with over 2,200 participants, it was a landmark event of the year.
To respond to the restrictions imposed following the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to organise a virtual WCEFonline event on 29 and 30 September 2020. WCEFonline will address how the circular economy can help reboot the economy and will share useful tools and solutions with the world for a sustainable recovery.
The next annual WCEF will be held for the first time in North America in Toronto, Canada in 2021. The forum was postponed from September 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new dates for this rescheduled annual WCEF2021 will be revealed later.
WCEFonline will present some of the world’s top business leaders, policy makers and thinkers as speakers. These include Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations’ Environment Programme; Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission; Stientje van Veldhoven, Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands; Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change of Canada; and Jyrki Katainen, President of Sitra, among others.
Come and join circular economy change-makers from around the world as they share practical circular economy examples that will help us rebuild our economies stronger, greener and better! With top speakers from around the globe, networking tools and a chance to take part in the discussions from wherever you are, WCEFonline offers a modern circular economy venue. A recording of each session will be available for two weeks after the event.