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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a charity registered in the UK registered charity[1] which aims to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design & build a positive future through the framework of a circular economy.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Registered Charity
IndustryCircular economy
Founded23 June 2009
FounderDame Ellen MacArthur, Chair of Trustees
Philip Sellwood, 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 National Science Museum, with the support of a group of 'Founding Partners', B&Q, BT, Cisco, National Grid and Renault[2] The charity was inspired by MacArthur's sailing experiences[2][3] and she put GBP 500,000 of her own money into the project. Another GBP 6 mil was raised by the five founding partners.

On 17 May 2017, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in conjunction with the 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]

Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE)Edit

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a founding member and knowledge partner of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), which is a public-private collaboration platform and project accelerator launched out of the World Economic Forum focusing on the circular economy.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ a b c Charity Commission. Ellen MacArthur Foundation, registered charity no. 1130306.
  2. ^ a b "Interview: Ellen MacArthur - Voyage of self-discovery". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Top yachtswoman Ellen teams up with university to promote sustainable living". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  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. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
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