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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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



Governing Council

Steering Board

Advisory Committee

Affiliate Members

Plastic Action Champions

Global Plastic Innovation Network

Kristin Hughes

Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, World Economic Forum


Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Echandi

CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility


James Quincey

CEO, The Coca-Cola Company


Jim Fitterling

CEO, Dow


Mari Elka Pangestu

Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank


Mark Schneider

CEO, Nestlé


Ramon Laguarta

CEO, PepsiCo


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


Antonia Gawel

Head, Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum


Ben Jordan

Senior Director, Environmental Policy, The Coca-Cola Company


Briony Coulson

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


Dany Drouin

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


Jodie Roussell

Senior Public Affairs Manager, Packaging & Environment, Nestlé


Karin Kemper

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


Kevin Kolevar

Vice-President of Global Government Affairs, Dow


Kristian Teleki

Director, Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute


Leah Karrer

Senior Environmental Portfolio Manager, Global Environment Facility


Sami Ghazi

Director, Global Sustainable Plastic Partnerships, PepsiCo


Chever Voltmer

Director, Plastics Initiatives, Ocean Conservancy


Francisco Alpízar

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


Jenna Jambeck

Associate Professor, University of Georgia


Jo Royle

Managing Director, Common Seas


John Duncan

Lead, No Plastics in Nature, WWF


Justin Wood

Vice President, Alliance to End Plastic Waste


Karin Krchnak

Program Manager, 2030 Water Resources Group, World Bank


Llorenç Milà i Canals

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


Peter Skelton

Strategic Partnerships Manager , WRAP Global


Rob Kaplan

Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital


Sander Defruyt

Lead, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Shwe Yamin Oo

CEO and Co-Founder, Recyglo


Affiliate Member, 2021-Present



Affiliate Member, 2021-Present


Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Affiliate Member, 2021-Present


DEME Group

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present


Gemini Corp

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present



Affiliate Member, 2020-Present


Lonely Whale

Affiliate Member, 2021-Present


Morgan Stanley

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present



Affiliate Member, 2020-Present


Suntory Group

Affiliate Member, 2020-Present


The Ocean Cleanup

Affiliate Member, 2021-Present



Affiliate Member, 2020-Present


Andhyta 'Afu' Firselly Utami

Environmental Economist, World Bank Group


Fionn Ferreira

Scientist, Inventor, Student at University of Groningen


Forbi Perise

Cameroon Coordinator, Greening Forward


Hannah Testa

Activist, Educator, Student, Hannah4Change


Inés Yábar

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


Joshua Amponsem

Founder, Green Africa Youth Organization


Melati Wijsen

Co-Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags; YOUTHTOPIA


Swietenia Puspa Lestari

Founder, Divers Clean Action


Spotlight on Action

See the latest updates from across the partnership.

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