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Deloitte helps organisations from various industries in the transition from a linear to a circular business model by improving their design-for-circularity, transforming waste management, and increasing the usage of recycled content in new products.

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Key drivers

The importance of a circular business model


A circular economy goes beyond the pursuit of waste prevention and waste reduction to inspire technological, organisational and social innovation within and across value chains. There are many benefits to adopting a circular business model:

The circular economy is all about value retention. This retention of value is also a cost avoidance that creates a competitive advantage for first movers and early adapters. Moving away from silo-thinking and looking at business activities and operations as part of an interconnected ecosystem creates sustainable value for the industry and allows investing in the right innovations across products, services and business models.

A circular or ‘systems-thinking’ perspective gives organisations a better understanding of the ecosystem surrounding their business. These insights help organisations to identify risks they are facing, but also opportunities they can leverage to increase their resilience.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of supply chains in a linear economy. This causes organisations to rethink their entire business model and to explore how the effects of climate change also put classic supply chains of raw materials under pressure. Manufacturers are rethinking their entire business models and exploring how circular business models can make the supply chain more resilient to the effects of externalities.

By applying the core principles of circular economy to operations, R&D, production and processes, industries can create significant impact for their business and meet the EU sustainable agenda goals.

The adoption of specific circular economy targets through the EU Circular Economy Action Plan as part of the Green Deal and the adoption of the EU Taxonomy forces financial institutions to align themselves, creating an investment boost for companies whose strategies are aligned around the circular targets.

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Our services

We support you throughout your entire transformation process to become a thriving circular organisation.

We can help develop policy, manage stakeholders, and develop tailored strategies and business models.

We have strong expertise in implementing operational innovations (such as chemical recycling, waste sorting, …) and supply chain innovations (such as reverse logistics). 

We can develop and implement cross-stakeholder platforms which allow for waste traceability and offer analytical tools to reduce overproduction within organisations. 

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Explore how we make an impact

We support organisations as they strive to make a difference. Together we explore their business, articulate how they can make a lasting and positive impact, and develop and implement their sustainability strategy.


Plastics are currently front and center of industry actions towards a circular economy due to the negative effects of plastic littering and their recycling potential. Deloitte constructed a report that presents four essential pathways towards circularity for plastics, encompassing regulatory change and collaboration across industries.


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Meet our team

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Paul Delesalle

Partner, Sustainability Lead Consulting

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Get in touch

Let's work together to a more sustainable future.