The linear model of economic production cannot create prosperity for a growing world population without severe negative impact on natural systems.

Circular economy offers an alternative by reducing raw material input and waste to a minimum through designing products for circularity – reuse, repurpose, recycle.

Only a cross-sectoral systemic approach can drive significant and lasting change.

We aim to create circular economy models that address city level challenges, and encourage EU and national legislation that promotes their replication by:

  • increasing city engagement with circular economy
  • creating a circular material management platform
  • advocating an ambitious EU Circular Economy package and associated policies
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The ambitions to accelerating circular economy practice


  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • European Environmental Bureau
  • Green Alliance
  • Zero Waste Europe

Focus on one of our partners

At the heart of all our work are passionate people dedicated to delivering effective and lasting conservation.
These inspirational partners are our greatest asset.

Stephanie Hubold

Stephanie Hubold

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
As a teenager, I spent my weekends doing kayak slalom. I sensed our economic model was at odds with the environment, and read as much as I could about it. And I realized I wanted to work on the inside where decisions are made rather protest on the outside.

Annual Budget

MAVA has allocated CHF 2.7 million annually to this Action Plan

Additional co-funding is needed to ensure our partners’ work continues when our grant-making ends in 2022


      Holger Schmid

     Director, Sustainable Economy

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