Navigating the Tides of Change: The Global Plastics Treaty and the Business Coalition’s Vision for a Circular Economy

Transforming the future of plastics, the Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty aims to end plastic pollution, emphasizing collective action and systemic change. It's a pivotal step towards reducing Scope 3 emissions and achieving a sustainable, circular economy.

In a world drowning in plastic pollution, the inception of the Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty marks a beacon of hope and a call to action. It’s not just about mitigating the impacts; it’s about systemic transformation and redesigning the future of plastics. With over 130 organizations already on board, the coalition is a testament to the power of collective action and the shared vision for a world where plastic never becomes waste or pollution.

The Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty, convened by WWF International and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, is a groundbreaking initiative launched in September 2022. It brings together a diverse array of businesses, financial institutions, and NGOs, all united by a common goal: to support the development of an ambitious and effective global treaty to end plastic pollution.

The coalition is not just a response to the escalating plastic crisis; it’s a proactive approach to shape a future where the value of products and materials is retained in the economy, and plastic never becomes waste or pollution. It’s about influencing global policy development processes and being a part of the solution to a global problem.

A Unified Vision:

The coalition envisions a circular economy, a transformative approach where progress is measured against three critical outcomes: the reduction of plastic production and use, the circulation of all plastic items that cannot be eliminated, and the prevention and remediation of micro- and macro-plastic leakage into the environment.

The Urgency:

The timeline to finalize this treaty is stringent, spanning merely three years, underscoring the urgency to act promptly. “We have just three years to land this treaty, and indeed we have no time to waste,” a statement that resonates with the immediacy and the gravity of the task at hand.