Corporate Circular Target-Setting


Enhance corporate circular target-setting by ultimately linking circularity to key environmental outcomes.



The current circular economy target-setting landscape is fragmented, lacking consistent guidance on how to define and implement circular targets, and without this, existing targets are self-defined and difficult to compare, hindering progress without being able to establish the true impact of circular economy business models. 

This initiative exists to harness metrics for business to support corporate circular target-setting, as a new focus of the Circular Economy Indicators Coalition, in collaboration with Accenture.  

We want to enable companies to create quantitative, targeted goals which drive measurable progress towards circularity and help companies navigate existing resources to measure and manage their progress. 

As the first step towards target-setting guidance for businesses, we have released a discussion document ‘Corporate target-setting for the circular economy: Mobilizing measurable progress’ which introduces research and consultation findings on the current challenges in setting corporate circular economy targets, and presents solutions needed to help mobilize more businesses in setting targets and to help companies better navigate the existing circular target-setting landscape. 

With this document, we intend to catalyse the conversation on circular targets by showing why they are needed, highlighting key challenges to and solutions for their adoption, and engaging companies to join the discussion on what's best for their sectors. 

We invite companies to get in touch and share their experiences to better guide more impactful circular target-setting and help support a global circular transformation. 







Total Energies 




World Economic Forum 


International Resource Panel 





Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative


Global and national (Austria as the first country)


Ambition behind the Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative 

The Circularity Gap Report provides a metric that measures the circular state of the world economy and high-level insights into the global metabolism. It also identifies key levers for transitioning to circularity at a global level by mid-21st century.



Circle Economy



City of Amsterdam





Circular Economy Indicators Coalition




Leading Partners

PACE and Circle Economy



  1. Connect key initiatives and stakeholders, including both developers and different user groups of circular economy indicators, to facilitate exchange, improve alignment, and bridge critical gaps. 

  1. Increase the use of meaningful circularity indicators to measure the progress and impact of the circular economy 



Our world is only 8.6% circular. Material extraction and carbon emissions continue an upward trend. In terms of sustainability and circularity, the global engine of change is stuck in reverse; we are still heading in the wrong direction. Measuring progress, understanding the current state of play  and steering towards the right direction are key when accelerating the circular economy. 

However, with a variety of challenges ranging from limitation in indicator coverage to data availability and collection, the circular economy metrics field is still on its way to maturity. For indicators to be successful in supporting stakeholders guiding the transition, they must be consistent, meaningful, widely accepted, and easy to understand. PACE and Circle Economy have established the CEIC to drive harmonization and increased application of circular indicators. 

In October 2020, the Circular Metrics for Business report was released and can be used as a tool to navigate the complex landscape of circularity metrics, by providing a step-by-step guide on which metrics to choose. Businesses can apply metrics to create awareness of the opportunities the circular economy brings to innovate their products among their shareholders, customers, suppliers, and employees. 

In April 2021, the CEIC launched the Circular Indicators for Governments report. The report provides an in-depth analysis of public sector indicators and provides opportunities for where action can be taken. Taken together, the reports provide the first clear picture of the current state of play on how businesses and governments are approaching metrics for the circular economy. 

Building on the current indicators landscape, CEIC facilitates stakeholder dialogue between key CE indicator producers, users, standard-setters and other stakeholders to uncover practical challenges and drive alignment. In addition, CEIC aims to  increase uptake of circular indicators by providing a comprehensive overview of indicators, methodologies and associated initiatives to measure the circular economy and the related social, economic, and environmental impacts. So far, the CEIC has established repositories for the following stakeholders: financiers, policymakers, and businesses. With these repositories, guidance is created and provided to stakeholders and decision-makers across the public and private sector on a global scale.  The guidance aims to include linkages to environmental and socio-economic impact areas, so that circular strategies and decisions are made with a common understanding of possible effects on people and nature. CEIC is currently executing an assessment from an employment perspective.   




Goldschmeding Foundation 

Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management 

International Labor Organization