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We aim to shape a more sustainable and inclusive world through the eradication of plastic pollution.

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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.

OUR IMPACT

Convening communities and curating conversations

As a leading platform for public-private collaboration, GPAP brings together policymakers, businesses, civil society advocates and entrepreneurs to align on a common approach for addressing plastic pollution and waste in the most effective and sustainable manner.

OUR IMPACT

Generating new insights and action roadmaps

In Indonesia, Ghana and Viet Nam, GPAP is piloting the creation of national plastic action platforms that are led and driven by in-country changemakers. At the global level, it is building an electronic knowledge toolkit to help countries replicate this national approach independently.

OUR IMPACT

Catalysing high-potential solutions with strategic financing

GPAP is connecting game-changing, locally driven innovations to combat plastic waste and pollution with the right resources to move solutions from incubation to rollout.

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The Future is Circular

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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.

Our Story

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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.

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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.

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Acceleration begins

At the World Economic Forum's 2020 Annual Meeting in Davos, GPAP announces its first affiliate members: Suntory, Morgan Stanley, and SAP.

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. This is accompanied by the release of a financing roadmap in November 2020.

In December, GPAP launches 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.

Our Team

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Director

Governing Council

Steering Board

Advisory Committee

Affiliate Members

Plastic Action Champions

Kristin Hughes

Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, World Economic Forum

@khehughes

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Echandi

CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

@thegef

Dominic Waughray

Managing Director, Centre for Global Public Goods, World Economic Forum

@dwaughray

James Quincey

CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

@CocaColaCo

Jim Fitterling

CEO, Dow

@JimFitterling

Mari Elka Pangestu

Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank

@Mari_Pangestu

Mark Schneider

CEO, Nestlé

@Nestle

Ramon Laguarta

CEO, PepsiCo

@ramonlaguarta

The Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson

Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Environment and Climate Change Canada

@JonathanWNV

The Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith

Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom

@ZacGoldsmith

Antonia Gawel

Head, Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum

@Antoniagawel

Ben Jordan

Senior Director, Environmental Policy, The Coca-Cola Company

@BenJAgSustain

Briony Coulson

Head, Ocean Plastic Pollution and International Blue Finance, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom

@DefraGovUK

Dany Drouin

Director, Plastics and Waste Management, Environment and Climate Change Canada

@environmentca

Jodie Roussell

Senior Public Affairs Manager, Packaging & Environment, Nestlé

@Nestle

Karin Kemper

Senior Director for the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank

@kkemperwb

Kristian Teleki

Director, Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute

@kristianteleki

Leah Karrer

Senior Environmental Portfolio Manager, Global Environment Facility

@LeahKarrer

Mike Witt

Corporate Director, Environment Health, Safety & Sustainability, Dow

@MikeWitt15

Sami Ghazi

Director, Global Sustainable Plastic Partnerships, PepsiCo

@PepsiCo

Chever Voltmer

Director, Plastics Initiatives, Ocean Conservancy

@OurOcean

Francisco Alpízar

Chair, Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Group , Wageningen University and Research

@WUR

Jenna Jambeck

Associate Professor, University of Georgia

@JambeckResearch

Jo Royle

Managing Director, Common Seas

@Jo_Royle

John Duncan

Lead, No Plastics in Nature, WWF

@johnaduncan

Justin Wood

Vice President, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

@EndPlasticWaste

Llorenç Milà i Canals

Head of the Secretariat of the Life Cycle Initiative, UN Environment

@UNEP

Peter Skelton

Strategic Partnerships Manager , WRAP Global

@WRAP_UK

Rob Kaplan

Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital

@robbyk

Sander Defruyt

Lead, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

@SanderDefruyt

Shwe Yamin Oo

CEO and Co-Founder, Recyglo

Averda

Affiliate Member, 2021-Present

@averda

Borealis

Affiliate Member, 2021-Present

@borealisgroup

Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Affiliate Member, 2021-Present

@BBPB_bali

DEME Group

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present

@DEMEgroup

Gemini Corp

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present

@NvGemini

Jacobs

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present

@JacobsConnects

Lonely Whale

Affiliate Member, 2021-Present

@lonelywhale

Morgan Stanley

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present

@MorganStanley

SAP

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present

@SAP

Suntory Group

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present

@SuntoryGlobal

The Ocean Cleanup

Affiliate Member, 2021-Present

@TheOceanCleanup

Unilever

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present

@Unilever

Andhyta 'Afu' Firselly Utami

Environmental Economist, World Bank Group

@Afutami

Fionn Ferreira

Scientist, Inventor, Student at University of Groningen

@FionnFerreira

Forbi Perise

Cameroon Coordinator, Greening Forward

@FPerise

Hannah Testa

Activist, Educator, Student, Hannah4Change

@Hannah4Change

Inés Yábar

Coordinator, L.O.O.P. (Life Out of Plastic)

@InesYabar

Joshua Amponsem

Founder, Green Africa Youth Organization

@AmponsemJoshua

Melati Wijsen

Co-Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags; YOUTHTOPIA

@BBPB_bali

Swietenia Puspa Lestari

Founder, Divers Clean Action

@diverscleanact

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