8 million tonnes of plastic waste leaks into the ocean each year. By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean—if we do not take urgent, collective action.
Co-founded by partners across the public and private sectors, the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) harnesses the convening power of the World Economic Forum to bring together governments, businesses and civil society to translate commitments into meaningful action – at both the global and national levels.
The Future is Circular
Our work to reduce plastic pollution and waste is underpinned by the transition to a circular economy for plastics, which directly addresses the root cause of plastic pollution by replacing the “take-use-dispose” model with a closed-looped approach throughout the plastics life cycle.
GPAP is born
GPAP is officially launched in September 2018 during the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit. Founded by a coalition of public and private partners, it emerges as an ambitious new platform to accelerate the global response to the ballooning plastic pollution crisis.
Laying the groundwork
In March 2019, GPAP announces its first national partner—the Government of Indonesia, which has set a target of reducing marine plastic leakage by 70% by 2025.
In October, GPAP joins President Nana Akufo-Addo in launching the Ghana National Plastic Action Partnership, with a commitment to achieving zero plastic leakage into the nation's marine ecosystem and waterways.
One year after launch, the Indonesia National Plastic Action Partnership releases an evidence-based Multistakeholder Action Plan to combat plastic pollution, laying out a series of system change interventions that will not only cut Indonesia's marine plastic leakage by 70% in five years, but will also achieve a full transition to the circular economy by 2040.
In May, GPAP will formally launch the Viet Nam National Plastic Action Partnership, which will help accelerate progress towards the government's target of reducing marine plastic waste by 75% by 2030.
President and CEO, World Resources Institute
Managing Director, Centre for Global Public Goods, World Economic Forum
CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
The Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Environment and Climate Change Canada
The Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith
Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom
Ulf Mark Schneider
Head, Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum
Senior Director, Environmental Policy, The Coca-Cola Company
Head, International Climate Fund, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom
Director, Plastics and Waste Management, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Senior Director for the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
Director, Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute
Corporate Director, Environment Health, Safety & Sustainability, Dow
Vice President, Global Water and Environmental Solutions, PepsiCo
Global Head of Sustainable Packaging, Nestlé
Director, Plastics Initiatives, Ocean Conservancy
Membership Lead, Alliance to End Plastic Waste
Associate Professor, University of Georgia
Managing Director, Common Seas
Lead, No Plastics in Nature, WWF
Senior Environmental Portfolio Manager, Global Environment Facility
Llorenç Milà i Canals
Head of the Secretariat of the Life Cycle Initiative, UN Environment
Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital
Lead, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Special Representative, Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance
Spotlight on Action
See the latest updates from across the partnership.
May 25, 2020
Gemini Corporation N.V. joins World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership in an effort to accelerate the circular economy transition
January 29, 2020
Morgan Stanley Joins the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership to Help Reduce Plastic Waste