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Centre for Building Sustainable Value

Circular Economy

The circular economy connects firms within and across supply chains, so the waste of one organization becomes the feedstock for another. It is the embodiment of sustainable development, because business production and consumption are contained within the Earth’s planetary limits.

However, implementing the circular economy is tough. It requires businesses to recognize economic opportunities related to waste. It then requires to act collaboratively to innovate products, processes and business models that extract and capture value from waste. It finally requires efficient coordination of highly variable material flows moving forward, backwards and laterally within a complex network of businesses. Weak financial and regulatory incentives, managerial myopia and adversarial buyer-supplier relationships in supply chains make the much needed innovation and coordination difficult to achieve.

The Circular Economy Priority at the Ivey Centre for Building Sustainable Value works to accelerate system transformation towards a circular economy by providing insights into how circular supply chains can function and how current supply chains can be transformed.

Learn more about our research and projects – and how to get involved – below.

Get Involved

Interested in learning more about the circular economy or how you can improve your operations and supply chain? We are always looking for organizations that want to achieve positive change, whether through involvement in upcoming events, consulting projects with our talented students, or sponsored research initiatives. To learn more, contact us with a brief description of what you’d like to do.

Currently, we’re working with leading organizations in the Canadian agri-food sector to identify strategies to reduce food and plastic waste and transition towards circular supply chains. If you’re in the agri-food space and would like to get involved with this initiative, contact us.

 

 

Research

Ivey has a unique concentration of top researchers who study supply chains and sustainability. They apply a wide range of empirical and analytical research methods to investigate and understand the transformation of supply chains systems towards circularity.

Learn more about our faculty’s research:

Ivey’s role in the rise of the circular economy

Ivey’s role in the rise of the circular economy

Assistant Professor Jury Gualandris discusses how Ivey's innovative research is contributing to the circular economy.

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Could a circular economy be closer than we think?

Could a circular economy be closer than we think?

Firms may not need to completely re-structure their business model, operations and supply chain to become circular - they can draw on their existing operational agility.

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Ivey researchers awarded funding for the circular economy

Ivey researchers awarded funding for the circular economy

Jury Gualandris, Deishin Lee, and PhD Candidate, William Diebel, have all received funding for their research on the circular economy and sustainable supply chains.

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Using Big Data in supply chain studies

Using Big Data in supply chain studies

New research published in the Journal of Supply Chain Management by Tima Bansal, Jury Gualandris, and Nahyun Kim identifies the opportunity of incorporating quantitative Big Data in supply chain theory and research.

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Bringing together circular economy and accounting research

Bringing together circular economy and accounting research

Diane-Laure Arjaliès discusses a new call for papers that combines the best of circular economy and accounting research in the hopes of finding solutions to the some of the world’s toughest problems.

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Delivering transformational change

Delivering transformational change

Professors Jury Gualandris and Rob Klassen use a supply chain perspective to examine how NGOs can deliver on their mission to drive sustainability and social change. 

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Collective ESG disclosure in 189 supply chains

Collective ESG disclosure in 189 supply chains

Professor Jury Gualandris maps out global supply chains to help identify ESG disclosure patterns across 189 supply chains.

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Putting the 'Network' in supply network

Putting the 'Network' in supply network

On August 10, 2019, Professor Jury Gualandris co-organized a workshop at the 2019 Academy of Management Meeting aimed at setting an agenda for future supply network research.

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Engagement & Outreach

Change cannot happen in isolation. That’s why we are committed to engaging with and learning from other scholars, practitioners, and organizations working on circular economy initiatives.

Below are some examples of our recent events, engagement initiatives, and publications in popular press.

Could a circular economy be closer than we think?

Could a circular economy be closer than we think?

Some estimates say that the global economy is only 9% circular. But maybe change in key parts of the system are not as hard to achieve as we think.

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Tima Bansal to chair expert panel on the circular economy

Tima Bansal to chair expert panel on the circular economy

A new multidisciplinary panel will examine the potential economic, environmental, and social impacts of advancing a circular economy in Canada. 

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Our addiction to stuff

Our addiction to stuff

We are addicted to buying stuff and retailers are the drug dealers. It's destroying the planet and creating mountains of landfill.

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Advance supply chain sustainability through supplier development

Advance supply chain sustainability through supplier development

Leaders at HP and Philips describe their approach in this podcast hosted by Jury Gualandris.

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An affordable way to find circular economy profits

An affordable way to find circular economy profits

Professor Jury Gualandris reflects on recent work about how to make circular economy more affordable.

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How sustainable and circular procurement can take off

How sustainable and circular procurement can take off

If organizations built sustainability into purchasing, they could transform markets.

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Learning from IKEA circular economy initiatives

Learning from IKEA circular economy initiatives

Professors Jury Gualandris and Rob Klassen visit with IKEA Canada to learn about what the organization is doing to build their contribution to a circular economy. 

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Supply Chain 2030

Supply Chain 2030

In November 2018, Jury Gualandris led an Ivey Idea Forum around the challenges and opportunities associated with moving towards a more circular economy. 

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Cases

Ivey is well-known for its collaborative and practical case method teaching. Learning through cases challenges students to analyze information, make decisions, and defend those decisions when others may disagree. 

Below are some cases related to sustainable supply chains written by Ivey faculty. 

Polyface: The Farm of Many Faces

Polyface: The Farm of Many Faces

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Huawei: Struggling to Develop a More Sustainable Supply Network

Huawei: Struggling to Develop a More Sustainable Supply Network

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Cradle-to-Cradle Design at Herman Miller: Moving Toward Environmental Sustainability

Cradle-to-Cradle Design at Herman Miller: Moving Toward Environmental Sustainability

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Nestlé SA: The Nescafé Plan in China

Nestlé SA: The Nescafé Plan in China

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Monsanto Company: Doing Business in India

Monsanto Company: Doing Business in India

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