Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) is a UK registered charity[1] which promotes the circular economy. It does this by developing and promoting the concept of a circular economy, working with business, policy makers and academics.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
TypeRegistered Charity
IndustryCircular economy
Founded23 June 2009
FounderDame Ellen MacArthur, Chair of Trustees
, Trustee
Peter Morgan, Trustee
Area served
Key people
Andrew Morlet, Chief Executive Officer
WebsiteOfficial Website


Founded on 23 June 2009, the Foundation was publicly launched on 2 September 2010 by Dame Ellen MacArthur at the Science Museum[2] The charity was inspired by MacArthur's sailing experiences[2][3]

On 17 May 2017, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit, launched a USD 2 million prize fund for innovations which work towards the management of waste plastics.[4][5]

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a founding member and partner of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), which was launched out of the World Economic Forum[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "Ellen MacArthur Foundation, registered charity no. 1130306". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  2. ^ a b "Interview: Ellen MacArthur - Voyage of self-discovery". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Top yachtswoman Ellen teams up with university to promote sustainable living". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 12 April 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Prince of Wales: plastic in world's oceans is a 'growing human disaster'". The Daily Telegraph. 18 May 2017.
  5. ^ "A new $2 million prize to stop plastic waste taking over the oceans". World Economic Forum. 18 May 2017.
  6. ^ https://sdg.iisd.org/news/wef-launches-public-private-platform-on-circular-economy/
  7. ^ https://www.weforum.org/projects/circular-economy

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