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Circular Supply Chains: Leveraging the power of strategic procurement

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Executive Summary

Lead contributor: Joyce Halloun

Amidst efforts to fight climate change and reduce Co2 emissions, this chapter will showcase how circular procurement plays a key role in the transition into a Circular Economy, positively affecting the environment and the economy. In addition, it will highlight the global impact of Covid-19 and how it sheds light on our destructive consumption and production model. An analysis will underline on the key differences between the traditional and the circular procurement process and enhance the ability of the reader to contextualize the two frameworks in terms of standards, principles, and best practices. The analysis will also offer insights on important measures identified at a more granular approach that enable circularity through focal points in implementing the circular procurement process. The chapter will spotlight the significance of collaboration and partnership at multiple levels to bring massive positive change to the traditional linear system and open the doors for innovative business models. In addition, it will give a clear understanding on the impact of circular procurement on a small and large scale. On a small scale, it reveals why circular procurement’s impact on the overall supply chain is important to enable professionals to achieve added value through synergies and synchronized cycles. Therefore, this section elaborates on the connection between Circular Economy principles and circular supply chains, besides its key components and the vital role it plays about circularity. In addition, the acceleration points that merge to advance the application of circular supply chains are widely discussed. About the impact of circular procurement on a large scale, an explanation is provided concerning the public and private sectors, with detailed clarification on how the public sector leveraging its purchasing power can bring positive outcomes and advance the application of circular procurement. But how do multinational corporations and SMEs deal with the requirements of moving from linear to circular procurement. A spotlight on the barriers and obstacles that organizations and industries worldwide and regardless of their size are facing generates limitations to circular procurement practices. Some of the vital elements shared here are education, skills, partnership, and collaboration, emphasizing effective results. Some of the lessons learned along the way while practicing circular procurement will be identified to equip the learner with credible and practical instructions on how to move forward in terms of successful circular systems. Last, the practitioners will remarkably notice the urgency to take action now, embody a leadership attitude, and implement Circular Economy principles in their scope of work, specifically in the production and consumption model. The end concludes with a strong takeaway message that aid in recognizing the dreadful reality we are facing and bringing forth a sense of responsibility to join the march toward collective change. 

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What is circular procurement?

A spotlight on the key role of circular procurement, how it supports the Circular Economy action plan and accelerates the transition. Discover the damaging impact of the linear production and consumption model alongside the strategic drivers for circular procurement.

Who has the power to advance the implementation of circular procurement?

Discover who plays a vital role in the adoption of circular procurement. An outline on the public sector capacity and how leveraging its purchasing power can influence the application of circular procurement exponentially and bring substantial outcomes on different levels.

What is the convergence between the linear and circular procurement?

A highlight on the variance between the linear and circular procurement with a concrete comparison of standards, principles and best practices. Discover essential key elements that are viable, practical and make all the difference in this transformation.

What is the impact of circular procurement on circular supply chains?

Gain knowledge now on the connection between Circular Economy principles and circular supply chains. An elaboration on the importance and acceleration points of circular supply chains, the crucial role it plays in the transition and especially on waste elimination.

What is the impact of circular procurement on the public and private sector?

Explore the role of both the public and private sector in the execution of the circular procurement process. Learn more about the critical function of circular procurement in the public sector and how the private sector has the potential to reshape the future of business.

What is the impact of circular procurement on Multinational corporations and SMEs?

Explore the difference between the role of Multinational corporations and SMEs in applying circular procurement practices. A spotlight on the various barriers and challenges that generate limitations in implementing circular procurement in Multinational corporations and SMEs.

What are the key elements to activate circular procurement practices?

Lessons learned from experts in the domain are shared with credible direction on how to lead the path for circular procurement practices. Explore the importance of capacity building and providing adequate education to equip the workforce with the right skill set needed for the transition.

Now, what?

The need to mitigate climate change and overcome this alarming situation gives us a strong realization of the urgency of joining efforts to stop the noise and achieve global collective change. Discover now how every action counts.

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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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