Reducing plastic pollution in Latin America: A Handbook for Action

December 6, 2022

Latin America and the Caribbean is primed for solutions that will transform the plastics value chain while preventing pollution and improving livelihoods.

This is the conclusion of a research report conducted by our team on the ground with the guidance of a steering committee including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Dow, Fundación FEMSA, Mars and PepsiCo.

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Responsible Sourcing in the Plastic Waste and Recycling Sector: Examples of Inclusive Practices in India

October 1, 2022

As global and regional brands set growing targets to increase recycled plastic content in their packaging, there is increasing scrutiny of not only the quality of the material procured, but also the fair and ethical treatment of informal waste workers.

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Investing in Waste and Recycling with a Gender Lens: A Guide for Investors in Emerging Markets

March 3, 2022

Women play key roles in waste management and recycling, as entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees and consumers, but their valuable contributions are often overlooked. As it stands today, they frequently lack access to higher value resources, jobs and investment opportunities.

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Circulate Capital: 2021 Year In Review

January 1, 2022

Creating Impact at Scale: Vision for Returns on Investment and Impact

Our vision is to generate returns on investment in a circular economy to create positive impact on sustainable development, climate, and livelihoods.

These ideals guide our investment decisions; provide the framework for financial results, positive impact, and managing environmental, social and governance risks; and inform how we engage all of our stakeholders — from portfolio companies recycling plastic across Asia, to the world’s largest consumer brands, alongside co-investors and civil society organizations.

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Accelerating Singapore’s Next Generation Plastic Recycling Value Chain: Insights from a Rapid Plastic Waste Flow Opportunity Assessment

July 15, 2021

Singapore has the ideal conditions to catalyse a reconfiguration of global supply chains and become a resilience hub for advanced manufacturing.

Commissioned by Circulate Capital, AlphaBeta and Kiverdi conducted research to identify and define key plastic waste circularity investment opportunities. The three main opportunities identified are: 1. Boost collection & sorting infrastructure 2. Deploy upcycling technology and 3. Support disruptive innovation.

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Financing Plastic Action in Emerging Markets: Addressing Barriers to Investment

May 15, 2021

In this white paper prepared for the Global Plastic Action Partnership at the World Economic Forum, we focus on the barriers to investing private capital in emerging markets and how financial institutions can address them.

Momentum and action by both international and local institutions, from private and public sector, are demonstrating that the barriers can be overcome.

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Circulate Capital: 2020 Year In Review

May 1, 2021

In 2020, Circulate Capital Ocean Fund invested US $40M in seven companies in India and Indonesia.

By investing in solutions, we can set a course for a more inclusive, circular economy and stop the flow of plastic into the ocean.

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The Intersection of Climate Investing and Circular Plastics in South and Southeast Asia: Preventing All Plastic Leakage in India and Indonesia Could Avoid 150 Million Tonnes of GHG by 2030

January 15, 2021

The urgency to address climate change is escalating as global warming now poses an ever-increasing threat to lives, livelihoods, and biodiversity. Greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere have risen to record levels not seen in three million years. Investment in climate-resilient infrastructure and a transition to a low-carbon future is critical to drive change while presenting attractive investment fundamentals.

The waste, recycling, and circular economy industry presents a specific and unique opportunity to investors as the world transitions to a low-carbon economy. Apart from increasing economic and environmental resiliency, the sector provides social benefits through near-term job creation as well. 

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Safeguarding the Plastic Recycling Value Chain: Insights from COVID-19 Impact in South and Southeast Asia, a GA Circular study commissioned by Circulate Capital 

August 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges faced by the plastics recycling industry in South and Southeast Asia. Now is the time to act to build a stronger, better industry for the long term and prevent an increase in plastic waste pollution.

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First-of-its-kind guide to investment opportunities in South and Southeast Asia waste management and recycling released at Economist World Ocean Summit

March 15, 2019

The Circulate Capital Investor Handbook provides important and useful information about the potential to invest in South and Southeast Asia waste and recycling industry.

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The State of Blended Finance 2019

January 15, 2019

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target a range of development challenges, from combating climate change to ending poverty and hunger. To achieve the SDGs in developing countries, a significant scale-up of investment is required. Blended finance is the use of catalytic capital from public and philanthropic sources to mobilize additional private sector investment in developing countries to realize the SDGs. Blended finance is one important approach to financing the SDGs, with the United Nations (UN) member countries reaching consensus on its importance at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in 2015. Since then, blended finance has become a familiar concept for a diverse set of organizations across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.

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Encourage Capital Sea of Opportunity

February 15, 2017

Supply Chain Investment Opportunities to Address Marine Plastic Pollution

Philanthropist Paul G. Allen funded this report to identify impact investment opportunities for those joining the fight to eliminate plastics pollution as a significant contributor to the rapidly deteriorating health of our ocean. Millions of metric tons of plastic are dumped into our ocean annually, and through this report potential investors will better understand how they can most efficiently and effectively help to disrupt the plastics supply chain and prevent plastics pollution in the first place. Mr. Allen’s unique data- and technology-driven approach to some of the world’s toughest challenges catalyzes innovation, improves policy, and accelerates change for the better. He believes this report can have the same effect on the future of our ocean.

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