The Circular Office: Kicking off the journey with PwC

July 17, 2017 Amanda Skeldon

On Monday 10th July Business in the Community officially launched its Circular Office Campaign to much fanfare and acclaim. The overall purpose of the campaign is to bring together a group of ‘Change Makers’ who are willing to collaborate, take action and share learning about what it takes to make their offices more circular.

At PwC, we fully-embrace this campaign having been delivering and refining our own approach to the Circular Office since 2007. Our approach, known as Going Circular, has evolved over the years, moving from an approach that initially focussed on waste reduction, through to one that maximises value capture at end of life, and now on towards circular economy thinking.

The transition has followed a 1-2-3 step approach that we call the Circular Economy Development Framework shown in the table below.

PwC’s Circular Economy Development Framework

Each step on the Framework builds upon and develops from the work delivered in the earlier steps. Rather than just focusing on waste, the approach also looks at behavioural change and the impact of procurement decisions too. As such, when implemented fully it presents a systematic method of moving from business as usual through to true office circularity.

At PwC, we are currently working through stage 3 of this model and have collated the lessons learnt in both stage 1 (Lessons Learned: Zero Waste to Landfill) and stage 2 Going Circular: towards 100% reuse and recycling of on this journey - both resulted in substantial financial savings as well reducing other impacts from waste disposal and making a difference to society. There is more information about the Going Circular campaign.

Other organisations within BITC’s Circular Office Campaign are welcome to use and adapt this framework to map out a pragmatic set of actions for their business, developing relevant goals for each phase as they move towards more circular economy models. We’d also be happy to talk you through each of the individual steps in the process in more detail and to explore how they could be adapted to the specific challenges and opportunities within your organisation. We look forward to working with you on this Campaign and in finding ways to achieve greater circularity within the office environment.

Tom Hill

PwC, Sustainability & Climate Change

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