World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership announces four new members, with commitments to advance plastic action

Press Release   October 6, 2020

Press Contact: plasticaction@weforum.org

For immediate release

6 October 2020


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), a platform hosted at the World Economic Forum dedicated to translating plastic pollution commitments into action, has welcomed four new partners as affiliate members, joining a community of global leaders committed to fast-tracking plastic pollution action and championing the transition to a circular economy.

DEME Group, Indorama Ventures, Jacobs and Unilever officially signed on to GPAP at the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Sustainable Development Impact Summit, a virtual meeting that rallied governments, business leaders and civil society around the call for a ‘Great Reset’ to develop an inclusive new model for global cooperation and maintain focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

At the Summit, GPAP also unveiled promising early successes from its pilot partnerships with the Governments of Ghana and Indonesia, including the release of an action plan to reduce Indonesia’s marine plastic leakage by 70% in the next five years. A third partnership with the Government of Viet Nam is expected to launch in late October 2020, and others are expected to follow in an effort to build regional hubs of collaboration and innovation around these existing partner countries.

“Now is the time for action, engagement and collaboration to drive impact in a meaningful and sustainable way,” said Kristin Hughes, director of GPAP and member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. “We all have a role to play, and we all need to come onboard. That’s why I’m deeply encouraged by the commitments of these four new members to achieving greater sustainability and propelling momentum for reducing plastic waste and pollution, particularly during these challenging times. I welcome them to the GPAP community and look forward to their insights, resources, and collaboration in this joint effort.”

“In the course of our global activities we are confronted daily with waste in rivers and oceans. For DEME’s environmental subsidiary DEC, that specialises among other things in soil, sludge and water remediation, it is a logical step to use our expertise to cooperate actively on solutions for the global waste problem,” said DEME CEO Luc Vandebulcke. “By collecting plastic in rivers we can avoid it landing up in our seas and oceans, where it is more difficult to tackle the problem. As a pioneering company we continue to commit to technologies and innovations that offer solutions for global challenges. By cooperating within GPAP, we hope to participate in the transition to a circular plastics economy.”

“By joining GPAP, we will advance our shared goal of ending plastic waste,” said Yashovardhan Lohia, Chief Sustainability Officer at Indorama Ventures. “GPAP is bringing decision-makers together to forge circular solutions. The circular economy of the future is about ‘make, use, collect, recycle’ and can be a growth driver for business. The GPAP community is championing this shift to a circular economy and helping the world to understand the benefits of a closed-loop approach.”

“As a global company focused on long-term sustainable solutions, Jacobs is proud to work alongside other organizations to further propel our shared commitment to a more sustainable world,” said Zoe Haseman, Vice President of Global Sustainability, Jacobs. “GPAP drives action to reduce plastic pollution, accelerates the transition to a circular economy, and supports Jacobs’ sustainability strategy, PlanBeyondTM – amplifying the collective, positive impact we can make worldwide.”

“Unilever has set targets to cut our overall use of plastic packaging, and for where it’s still used, to keep it in the loop so it stays out of the environment. If we’re going to halt plastic pollution we need to work together to take a systems approach to the problem,” said Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever.  “That’s why we’re delighted to join GPAP, which brings together governments, businesses and civil society at a global and national level to tackle this problem.”

These four businesses join Gemini Corp, Morgan Stanley, SAP and Suntory Holdings in GPAP’s community of leading organizations committed to reducing plastic waste and contributing knowledge and resources globally and nationally, as well as GPAP founding members Dow, Nestlé, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Canada, the World Bank Group and the World Resources Institute.

At both the global and national levels, GPAP takes a collaborative, multistakeholder approach to addressing the plastic pollution challenge. The diverse GPAP community comprises governments, businesses, academia, non-governmental organizations, innovators, investors and youth – all driven by the common desire to shape a more sustainable and inclusive world through the eradication of plastic pollution.

By joining the GPAP community, organizations are expected to contribute meaningfully to accelerating plastic pollution action in Indonesia, Ghana, Viet Nam, or future partner countries; collaborate with leading change-makers across sectors to align behind common goals and approaches; actively participate in or host workshops and meetings; share best practices and actionable knowledge from successful circular economy and plastic waste initiatives; and support the scaling up of locally-driven, high-potential solutions.

GPAP welcomes inquiries and engagement from public, private and civil society entities, as well as individual innovators, entrepreneurs and activists who are interested in joining its impact-driven platform. Please see the GPAP annual impact report or contact the secretariat directly at plasticaction@weforum.org for more information on how to engage with GPAP.

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For more information, please contact the Global Plastic Action Partnership: plasticaction@weforum.org