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ICAEW Event: How pioneering retailers are harnessing circular economy business models

April 21, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm BST

Circular economy

In this webinar on the circular economy, we will take a deeper dive into how innovative retailers are embracing new business models such as rental and resale, swapping single use packaging for reusables and establishing take-back models all while strengthening consumer relationships. Be inspired by hearing how sustainable pioneering companies are embracing the circular economy and why business and revenue models behind success stories are evolving. Our speakers will share some case studies of businesses who have thrived in this circular world and the different approaches being adopted:

  • Pay per use
  • Rent
  • Sell and Buy Back
  • Lease

Then we will consider why going circular in a linear world can open-up new opportunities for the finance function as existing accountancy and financing practices need to change to accommodate circular business. Hear how mindsets around value, impact and risk must evolve and the need for a holistic approach.

Our expert speakers for this webinar are Mart Beune, from KPMG’s Sustainability team focused on circular economy and Usha Ganga from the Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mart and Usha will share with you the pioneering work being done in the Netherlands. Case studies will be taken from this research.

Key benefits

  • Implementing circular economy initiatives effectively and consistently can be good for business, good for society and good for the environment.
  • Consumers are pushing for the retail and consumer goods industry to become more sustainable.
  • Retailers that participate in the circular economy can experience significant and sustainable increases in customer loyalty – creating opportunities to generate additional income and sales.

About the speakers

Mart Beune, Senior Manager, KPMG
Mart Beune is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Sustainability team focused on Circular Economy. Managing KPMG’s circular projects on strategy and roadmap development, business modelling and product circularity, mainly in the Telecom, Technology, Retail and Energy sectors.

Usha Ganga, Theme director, Sustainability, Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants
Usha Ganga is theme director sustainability at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants (NBA). She has a background in sustainability reporting and assurance. Usha is an active member of the Coalition Circular Accounting, which researches the role of accounting in the circular economy through practical case studies.

Rosie Dunscombe (FCA), Climate Change Technical Lead, ICAEW
Rosie Dunscombe (FCA) is interim Climate Change Technical Lead with the institute of Chartered Accountant England and Wales (ICAEW). Combining nearly 20 years’ experience of Chartered Accountancy and environmental economics, Rosie advises businesses, finance institutions and civil society on sustianable business strategy. She is currently working to upskill accountants on sustainability and ESG matters through accredited professional development with the ICAEW.

Rosie sits on the International Sustainability Standards Board’s Technical Working Group, ICAEW’s Sustainability Committee and Chartered Accountants Ireland’s Expert Working Group on Sustainability.