Solvay takes action to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy having signed  a three-year partnership agreement with the Ellen MacArthur foundation. The Group has joined the foundation’s eight Global Partners Danone, Google, H&M, Intesa Sanpaolo, NIKE, Philips, Renault and Unilever, as the only multinational chemical company.

Known for its expertise and work with businesses, governments, and academia, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation helps foster the economy’s transition from a take-make-dispose model to a more sustainable and economic one.

Solvay is convinced that moving from the traditional linear model to a circular model is essential in helping to solve the many pressing environmental and societal challenges such as the scarcity of resources for example. The Group’s role as a global chemical and materials company is crucial since it supplies most other industries and chemical science is a powerful enabler for material transformation.

Ellen-Macarthur-Foundation-4Through this partnership, Solvay will explore solutions supported by the circular economy’s principles and requirements by leveraging the internal mindset and driving concrete business projects. The Group  generated almost half of its 2017 revenue from sustainable solutions - including those aligned with the circularity model requirements - by using renewable energy and materials, efficient manufacturing processes, and designing smarter solutions for customers to help reduce the consumption of resources, the re-use of materials and extending the product life cycle.

(Image left to right: Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (Solvay CEO), Andrew Morlet (Ellen MacArthur Foundation CEO))

“Joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will raise Solvay’s contribution as a chemicals and materials group, central to so many industries, in providing solutions for a faster shift towards circularity. We are proud to side with renowned global players and expect this partnership to create new business opportunities in addressing, with our customers, the growing scarcity of natural resources we all share and rely on,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.

“We are delighted to welcome Solvay as a Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The chemicals industry lies at the heart of the global economy, so it holds great potential to spark system-level change in the move towards a restorative and regenerative circular economy,” said Dame Ellen MacArthur.

Who is Ellen MacArthur?

Ellen MacArthur is a retired British sailor who is the first woman to sail solo around the world breaking the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the globe. 

Being on a boat with limited resources made her reflect upon the world’s finite resources and what must be done to use these resources more effectively and sustainably helping to reduce the environmental impact as well as driving business growth and making economies more competitive. 

She established the Ellen MacArthur foundation in 2010 and it has since surfaced as a global leader bringing together various organizations from different sectors to push forward this transition to a circular economy.