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Circular Economy: Introductory concepts and making the business case

The Circular Economy Sustainability Leadership Lab explores key concepts relating to the circular economy, the application for business and how to build the business case into your organisation.

Dates

25-26 April 2018

Duration, format and location

Two-day professional development residential seminar; Cambridge, UK

Fee

The course fee is £700 to £2,250, including accommodation and meals (see fees table). Lower fees are available for multiple delegates or Labs, not-for-profits, developing countries, and self-funded individuals.

How to apply

Submit your application or find out more about the selection criteria.

 

Sustainability Leadership Labs


University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Labs bring together professionals to test and challenge cutting-edge responses to global problems. Open to all our alumni and senior industry practitioners, these two-day sustainability workshops held four times per year in Cambridge, are an opportunity for professional development, co-creation and networking – all with real application to your company or organisational situation.

Read more about the Sustainability Leadership Labs, and details about fees and applications.

 

Circular Economy: the challenge


What is the circular economy? What are the drivers for moving to a circular economy, and what are the barriers and risks? What opportunities does the circular economy bring for business? How do I build the business case within my organisation? What financial analysis can be used to make the business case?

Answers to these questions will be explored at our forthcoming Circular Economy Lab, drawing on the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s cutting-edge report and framework Designing your approach to the circular economy and the work of the Cambridge Judge Business School’s Circular Economy Centre. 

The two-day short course will explore the fundamental concepts relating to the circular economy and address the key elements of the business case, with a focus on the financial analysis. It also offers the opportunity to practise making the business case in an organisational context.

Case studies will also be presented by corporates leading in work on the circular economy.

 

Learning experience


A blend of taught and practical sessions will give participants an understanding of the key concepts of the circular economy, with a focus on building the business case within your organisation. In addition to this, there will be the opportunity to co-create solutions using innovative learning approaches. 

 

Who should attend?


The Circular Economy Lab will be especially beneficial to those working in strategy, sustainability, innovation, supply chain, R&D, new product development, business development, service innovation, start-up entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and change managers.

Apply for the Circular Economy Sustainability Leadership Lab 

 

Benefits of attending


This professional development short course will stretch your thinking through discussion with leading academics and practitioners, as well as active participation and case studies. Through participation, you will understand how your company can:

  • Gain an overall understanding of the circular economy debate, including drivers, risks, barriers, transitioning to the circular economy and business models
  • Situate the company in the context of the circular economy
  • Understand how to build the business case internally
  • Explore the value proposition that the circular economy offers
  • Reflect on the company’s resilience to the external context, and transformation and innovation needed
  • Learn practical lessons from businesses active in the circular economy 

 

Learn from industry experts and thought leaders


The Lab will feature interactive sessions and case studies. Speakers at this event include:

  • Ian Ellison, Sustainability Manager, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Gary Punter, Head of Technology, AB Sugar
  • Professor Khaled Soufani, Director Executive MBA, Director Circular Economy Centre (CEC), Director Middle East Research Centre (MERC)
  • Dr Dai Morgan, Deputy Course Director, MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Gavin Warner, Director, Sustainable Business, Unilever 

 

Participant-led case studies


Prior to the Circular Economy Lab you will be invited to submit a short case study based on your own organisation to be the focus of one of exercises undertaken during the two-day course. Cases will be chosen based on their learning value to the wider group.



 

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