To create systemic change, we need leadership from the top. PACE was created to connect leaders who are committed to creating a circular economy. We catalyze leadership from CEOs, government ministers, and the heads of civil society organizations who have a clear vision and the power to make things happen.

PACE lens Ellen Mcarthur


We need innovative new ideas. We need to test out what works. And, crucially, we need to see circular models scaling up rapidly. PACE works on projects that are pioneering or scaling the circular economy by connecting the public and private sectors. We affiliate projects led by the PACE community, and we bring leaders together to create new initiatives.


The transition to a circular economy must be guided by evidence and science. That’s why PACE works with leading thinkers, researchers, and practitioners. We transform our community’s knowledge into an evidence-based collective action agenda, and identify areas where action needs to be initiated or scaled up.

What's at stake

Our economic system is designed to extract natural resources, use them, and throw them away. Use of resources has tripled since 1970 and could double again by 2060 if we continue business as usual.
This system is pushing our planet to the brink. It underpins the climate crisis and contributes to untold human suffering. And it’s simply bad for business; we are depleting the natural resources we will depend on in the future and leaving ourselves vulnerable to economic disruption.There is another way.
We have a bold vision for the future: a global economic system that enables human and environmental well-being. We are working to create a circular economy, a system that is designed to prevent waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.
PACE member Frans Van Houten Frans van Houten

CEO, Philips