Finance, the catalyst to the circular economy

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On 10 March, ING Wholesale Banking, the Dutch embassy in London and Green Alliance hosted an exclusive audience of CFOs, group treasurers and other financial decision makers to discuss the implications of moving towards a circular business model and the role that finance will play in society’s transition to a circular economy.

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Rethinking the way we finance new business models

Summary of the contribution of Mr. Christopher Steane, global head Lending Services, ING Wholesale Banking.

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More capital and a stronger network can facilitate better business

Summary of the contribution of Jamie Butterworth, partner at Circularity Capital.

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Circular startups look to finance their businesses to scale up

Summary of the contribution of Martijn Lopes Cardozo, CEO at Black Bear Carbon.

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From a linear to circular value chain while protecting and recovering resources value

Summary of the contribution of Mr. Justin Keeble, managing director, Accenture.

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Packaging innovation will revolutionise the industry

Summary of the contribution of Mrs. Ulrike Sapiro, director of Sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company.

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Circular economy: necessary next step in developing sustainable growth business models

Summary of the contribution of professor Jan Peter Balkenende Ph.D, partner Corporate Responsibility at EY, former PM of the Netherlands.

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Coca-Cola calls on policymakers to take circular economy 'leap of faith'

Coca-Cola calls on policymakers to take circular economy 'leap of faith'

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has called on global governments and regulators to ignite a 'cultural shift' towards closed-loop business models - a transition that will only be possible if policymakers take a 'leap of faith' to back the circular economy.

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Unravelling the investment opportunities for the circular economy

Unravelling the investment opportunities for the circular economy

How do you turn the circular economy from a nice idea into an investable business model?

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Transition towards a circular economy means a stronger, lasting business

Simon Smits, Dutch Ambassador in the UK, opened the session underlining the relevant contribution of the circular economy on the Eurozone. “We are seeing an increased focus on circular business models and we wanted to use the momentum of the Dutch EU presidency to elevate this issue.”

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Integrating sustainability into your business model is needed for success

The keynote was delivered by prof. Jan Peter Balkenende, partner Corporate Responsibility at EY and former PM of the Netherlands, who underlined the importance for business to combine sustainability with innovation to be successful and guarantee a better return on investment.

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