The circular economy (CE) is not about recycling – nor is it about waste management. The circular economy is a new economic development paradigm that focuses on profitably optimising resource usage in order to reduce waste management costs and infuse more resilience into an economy. Applied strategy in the circular economy guides companies in cost reduction and innovation around this resource optimisation lens.
This is why nations and companies all around the world are enthusiastic about the circular economy – when planned properly, it produces enhanced corporate profits while also delivering more sustainable outcomes.
It is indeed possible for ‘green’ to be ‘gold’...
How your organisation can benefit from the Circular Advantage
The Circular Advantage program is focused on results.
It is an 18-module online, applied executive education program that guides corporate leaders’ step by step through the development of circular economy strategies.
It does this through leading edge content, dynamic collaborative learning models and an online platform that is perfect for busy professionals that want to acquire skills that are relevant for personal and organisational success.
The success of the program is underpinned by its project-based learning approach.
Participants gradually develop their circular economy strategies in collaborative groups that challenge status quo, support creativity and nurture innovation. These learning cohorts are designed to optimise innovation and minimise competitive threats. All participants are required to sign non-disclosure agreements to ensure authentic collaboration and sharing can take place.
Participants build lasting connections, impassion each other and uncover potential CE collaborations – while designing CE strategies that add corporate and societal value.
By the end of this program, participants design and present Circular Economy Roadmaps that can serve as strategic guides in prioritising and implementing impactful CE initiatives.
What will you learn?
KPMG brings a unique approach to engaging with our clients to collaborate and empower success.
The content covered in the Circular Advantage Program aligns with KPMG’s corporate circular economy consulting and advisory model.
The main goals of the first part of the program are to enhance deployment and use of resources, and refine processes for efficiency, and realign behaviours in order to weed out practices that lead to inefficient behaviour while nurturing practices which are both efficient and innovative.
Meanwhile, in the latter half of the program, participants learn how to apply design thinking lenses to spur on product and service innovation.
Enhance deployment, refine processes, realign behaviours and apply a design thinking lens.
The Circular Advantage: program and phase outline
Phase 1: Preparing for Success
The first three modules help participants to understand the essence of circular economy strategy and how this strategic approach aligns with emerging trends. Module 3 can assist participants to be prepared to succeed by showing them how to extract value from the program.
Phase 2: Resource Kaizan
In phase 2, the applied work begins. Participants are led through exercises, designed to identify opportunities for improvement in resource usage and selection, process management and performance management. By the end of module 6, each participant is expected to have identified 9 profitable circular economy opportunities for their respective organisations.
Phase 3 and 4: Strategic Alignment and Design Thinking
In the middle phases, the program shifts focus to the strategic side of Circular Economy planning. After learning how to align corporate systems and incentivisation for CE strategy development, participants are led through a series of design thinking activities aimed at helping enhance existing products and services, identifying new and profitable products & services and identifying new avenues for collaborative business development. Emerging from Phases 3 and 4 participants will have created at least 6 new innovations to add to the 9 initiatives identified in the first part of the program.
Phase 5: Roadmap Development
In the final phase, participants will be working on project plans to prioritise and implement 15 profitable circular economy initiatives for their businesses. To conclude the program, participants will present their Circular Economy strategies to an awards panel.
Program dates and registration
Our 2021 program is currently underway. We’ll include our 2022 course dates when available. If you would like to attend a future course, please register your interest below.