A report, produced by Eunomia Research and Consulting for Ditto Sustainability, assessed progress on the circular economy across a range of industries and markets, and found that adopting a circular economy model makes businesses more resilient.
The report’s authors considered how the circular economy model can help businesses tackle the challenges brought about by climate change in an integrated way.
Businesses embracing the circular economy in their supply chains were found to be less exposed to the fluctuations of energy and commodity prices, and thereby enjoying greater resource security.
This helps mitigate against potential geopolitical and environmental disruptions, enabling consistent business operations.
“If businesses are to future-proof their operations and supply chains then they need to move away from today’s disposal-economy, which is so reliant on making things that can never by recycled or reused,” said Dan Botterill, CEO of Ditto Sustainability.
“Now is the time to make the difficult decisions and gain control over your assets.”
The report, which includes assessments of numerous businesses successfully developing circular economy principles, also found that those adopting the circular approach benefit from improved environmental performance and brand loyalty.
New technologies, such as artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, 3D printing, biotech and blockchain, were found to be key enablers for business leaders seeking to adapt their business models.
The report also argued that embedding the circular economy in the mindset of both business owners and employees is an essential step on the journey.
“Policy makers are waking up to the fact that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option,” said Dominic Hogg, project director of Eunomia.
“A circular economy mentality helps to build the resilience of businesses, as well as providing the basis for increased profitability now, and enhanced profitability in the future.”