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Circular Procurement: Innovative solutions in practice

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Executive Summary

Lead contributor: Joyce Halloun

The transition from linear to circular procurement requires a behavioral change and a diverse skill set. Therefore, it is essential to access various tangible information, creative methods, and techniques to activate the process and generate productive outcomes. With the awareness and knowledge provided in this chapter, practitioners will encounter and attain exceptional education on the best practices and success stories of implementing the circular procurement process in different fields. 

Primarily, step-by-step guidance is provided on the various stages of the circular procurement process and illustrates creative tweaks that will support the integration of Circular Economy policies. An insight into the essential focal points provides practical recommendations on closing the loop and achieving a more efficient, effective, and circular solution. 

This part highlights the importance of need identification, an in-depth assessment of the demand at hand, and whether the requirement should be a product or a service instead. Then, after investigating what is available in the market, an in-depth analysis is given on the essential components in product design and how examining the product’s life cycle can produce a positive shift in the result. 

There is an extensive outlook on the significance of market engagement and how paramount partnership and collaboration are in a circular procurement process. An illustration on various models, strategies, requirements, and procedures will grant the learners access to the full mechanism to be applied during the process. Lastly, this section will shed light on the importance of the selection and award phase and will also lead to learning at the end how to prepare, manage, and maintain a circular contract. 

Secondly, we will be sharing valuable examples on how to shift into a circular system in various supply chain stages and provide the learners with full guidance on how to accelerate circular supply chains. And the tangible impact of endorsing circular procurement will be highlighted by selecting best practices and different mechanisms that can be adopted by both practitioners of the public and private sector. To tackle all the activities implemented in the multinational corporations and SMEs regarding circular procurement execution a selection of case studies is shared to help the readers better conceptualize and efficiently assess what to do next to achieve effective results. Practitioners have also analyzed the importance and value of capacity building in implementing circular procurement practices and provide concrete insights into enabling an accelerated pace towards circularity. In this respect, an inventory of key enablers emerging from different approaches, collaborative models and knowledge sharing are showcased. In conclusion, the overall aim of the chapter provides innovative instruments, creative tools and smart tweaks that will allow the workforce to navigate the circular procurement process efficiently and accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy. 

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What is the importance of capacity building?

Awareness, education, and high skills constitute the basis of the evolution of human consciousness. This section reveals not only the importance of the capacity building to help accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy but also the big difference it can bring to the future of the workforce.

What are the initial steppingstones in a circular procurement process?

Discover how does rethinking demands affects the entire process, what are the essential components in product design, and why market engagement is very important in circular procurement. A highlight on the different circular procurement models will give clear guidance on the way forward.

What are the requirements of an eco- friendly tendering?

Explore various procedures and key elements that we can utilize to achieve an efficient selection process. A spotlight on the requirements and criteria for the selection and award phase will help generate a remarkable and productive outcome.

What are the essential elements of circular contracts?

Learn all about the crucial elements of a circular contract and how to guarantee high-quality performance. Clear guidance on how to prepare, manage and sustain a long-term profitable circular contact that can bring positive yet disruptive impact.

How can we establish Circular supply chains (CSC)?

Get access to numerous and various examples that can be implemented to achieve a successful circular supply chain (CSC). A selection of creative ideas applied in different industries will provide accurate direction to obtain exceptional and distinctive results.

What are best practices of circular procurement in the Public and private sector?

Gain adequate knowledge on the best practices used in the public and private sector to execute a circular procurement process through a variety of case studies. In addition, get a clear understanding of the challenges faced in both sectors.

What are the best practices of circular procurement in Multinational corporations and SMEs?

Learn now some of the best practices used in Multinational corporations and SMEs to apply a circular procurement process through a selection of case studies. In addition, find out here the barriers that are creating limitations in various companies regardless of their size.

What are the key enablers for a successful circular procurement process?

Explore a bundle of key enablers that can aid in implementing and achieving a successful circular procurement process. A step-by-step guideline on various actions to take that can tremendously impact the application of the circular procurement process and establish a prominent outcome.

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Enrollment Information

  • Once you have enrolled, you will be given access to our Learning Management System.
  • The course is entirely online and self-paced. We estimate that the total effort required to be 3 hours.
  • You will be guided through the original content of the course with dynamic, rich, enjoyable, narrated, and easy-to-understand content. The course is divided into easily navigated sections focusing at each stage on the learning objectives to be achieved. Each section is followed by non-graded “knowledge check questions”, to help you ensure that you have successfully assimilated the content. You can go back and view the content as often as you like.
  • When you reach the end of the course, you will be awarded the Certificate of Completion.

What you will gain

  • Access to one Circular Economy course, with free access to the content for one year.
  • A digitally enabled, verifiable, and shareable certificate acknowledging your achievement.
  • One-year free membership in the Circular Economy Alliance Community, including access to Circular Economy Alliance members, resources, and events.
  • Special access to Circular Economy related events, research, resources, and news.

Please note:

  • In many EU countries, the cost of certification can be covered by personal or corporate “training accounts”. Please inquire within your organization or with the appropriate institution within your country for more information.


Circular Economy Alliance Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics

The Circular Economy Alliance platform, services, and products are designed to appeal to and be used by people from a wide variety of different backgrounds, countries, religions, and cultural norms. These diversity and inclusiveness are core values of the CEA, and we encourage our Community to embrace it and share it. That said, this geographic and cultural diversity can make effective communications and general policy definition a bit challenging.

That said, CEA is committed to advancing the transition to a just and inclusive Circular Economy which aims to decouple economic growth from resource use, eliminate waste by design, and tackle climate change. To achieve its mission and vision of a socially fair Circular Economy, CEA has adopted the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and endeavours to promote the common good while creating value for all stakeholders. With this in mind, the Code of Conduct has been developed to ensure all activity on the platform and within the CEA community is mutually respectful. The Code of Ethics sets out the guiding ethical principles relative to all professional activities of the certified members of the Circular Economy Alliance, informs the actions of our partner network, and defines the conduct of CEA staff and persons acting on behalf of the Company.

The purpose of our Code of Conduct & Code of Ethics is to ensure that the Circular Economy Alliance platform (the Platform), products and services are inclusive and that we, our members, and our community uphold the principles and values linked to Circular Economy, social responsibility, sustainable development and all relevant domains, to ensure that people and the planet are not harmed in the name of profit, and that we all conduct ourselves with mutual respect.

Code of Conduct

The CEA Code of Conduct reflects the ethics and values of the Platform, product, services, and community. It has been prepared with members of the CEA community (the Community), content contributors, instructional designers, and administrators based on established best practices. With the involvement of our stakeholders, we will continue to update the Code of Conduct as we add new products, services, and activities and as we receive feedback from our learners and community members.

We cannot foresee all eventualities and align with all local regulations, so the Code of Conduct should indicate the nature of interactions and the social dynamic we would like to see on this Platform and within the Community. In the event of an issue not covered by this Code of Conduct, the CEA team will decide whether a behavior is acceptable or not, in a manner that is as fair and transparent as possible, while respecting the confidentiality of all involved.

This Code of Conduct applies to all activities on the Talent Learning Management Platform, the Circular Economy Alliance website, its social media pages (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Discord, etc.), including comments, forum posts, and private messages.

Certified Alumni, members of the Community, as well as candidates for Circular Economy certification are encouraged to adopt the following guidelines for conduct:

  • Contribute to maintaining a safe, supportive, and orderly online learning environment that is conducive to learning and to show respect and dignity to other persons and to property.
  • Contact or communicate with CEA administrators and other personnel in a respectful, positive manner.
  • Behave and communicate on and off the Platform in accordance with the principles of Circular Economy, social responsibility, and inclusiveness.
  • Help ensure all CEA members and personnel have a positive experience in all interactions with you.
  • Appropriate behavior we encourage is as follows: communicating and interacting with respect; demonstrating empathy and sensitivity; giving constructive feedback; acting in accordance with the principles of inclusiveness, that is, showing respect for other norms, cultures, life preferences; promoting the values and principles of Circular Economy, social responsibility, and sustainable development.
  • Maintain behavior free from all forms of bullying, harassment, and discrimination.
  • Other forms of inappropriate behavior that will not be tolerated include dangerous, inciteful, or hateful speech; harassment or intimidation; threats of violence; intentional disruption of online discussion, webinars, conference, or other events; retaliation; influencing or encouraging any of the above.
  • We are a learning community, united around the principles of Circular Economy. As such, we encourage experimentation, a growth mindset, and tolerance for failures, mistakes, or lack of understanding.
  • Despite our shared values, disagreements and misunderstandings are bound to occur in a community as diverse as the Community. In the event, have a calm discussion, ask for clarification, and don’t assume that someone is intentionally being offensive.
  • Please get in touch with the site administrators to report any conduct, posts, activity or content that you do not believe is in accordance with this Code of Conduct. We encourage the Community members to report any incidents that violate the Code of Conduct. The CEA team will respond in a timely manner, and the member who violated the Code of Conduct will be contacted directly. Please use the Contact Us link to report any breaches.
  • Please protect your own and other people’s privacy. Please be mindful not to post or otherwise share your own or other people’s personal information publicly online.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all content posted on the Talent Learning Management System is private and is not searchable online.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all content posted on the Community platform is publicly visible and searchable online.
  • If you delete your CEA Community account, you can request that your Community posts and private messages be removed or anonymized.
  • The website administrators may delete activity, comments, posts, and equivalent that do not adhere to the CEA Code of Conduct.
  • In the event of a breach of the Code of Conduct, we either issue a warning, announce an account suspension or, in the event of a grievous violation, we may announce account expulsion and removal from the platform and the Community.
  • If you are part of the Community, we share the same principles. Let’s share the responsibility for creating a positive dynamic on the Platform.

Code of Ethics 

Certified Alumni, members of the Community, as well as candidates for Circular Economy certification are strongly encouraged to uphold the highest standards of ethical norms in line with Circular Economy principles and values:

  • Act with transparency, honesty, integrity, and make the interests of society and the environment a priority, avoid any known conflicts of interest, and aim to create value for all stakeholders.
  • Promote the circularity and sustainability of the systems regulating economic life according to the principles of “people, planet and prosperity”.
  • Act with respect for others and the environment and practice their professional activities in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner that upholds the values of equity, equality and tolerance.
  • Exercise their leadership and decision-making skills in the pursuit of establishing a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and in society.
  • Act in a way that furthers the integrity of the discipline of Circular Economy and its representatives.

The code of conduct is regularly reviewed to reflect necessary adaptations that emerge from input received through our CEA members’ reporting or by changes to the prevailing regulatory framework.

Effective as of: 1 March 2022

Last revised: 28 February 2022

More detailed information can me found in the General Terms and Conditions and the Certifications Terms and Conditions.


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