We are delighted to invite you the Retail Forum for Sustainability event: “Consumers at the centre of the Circular Economy and the upcoming plastics strategy”, taking place on Wednesday 31st May at the Silken Berlaymont Hotel in Brussels and kindly co-hosted by the European Retail Round Table, EuroCommerce and the European Commission. To facilitate the transition to the Circular Economy, Europe needs to empower its consumers, giving them the opportunity to lead the transformation in their choices. A particular attention should also be set on rethinking how we use plastics in relation to design, reuse and recycling. Progressive retailers’ direct relationship with consumers, along their innovative efforts in contributing to the establishment of a Circular Economy and a new plastics strategy are therefore key drivers in this process. Join this high-level event gathering experts from business, civil society, the EU institutions and Retailers’ Environmental Action Programme (REAP) signatories to discuss further how best to engage consumers in the circular economy and the better management of the plastic value chain.
REAP is the Retailers’ Environmental Action Programme is the means by which progressive retailers demonstrate the important contribution they can make to sustainability and to society as a whole by setting the example. Having run for two previous successful mandates, the current mandate is focused on the positive role retailers can have in the transition towards a circular economy and is currently composed of over 170 publicly accessible commitments. Signatories to REAP participate in the Retail Forum for Sustainability with a view to taking the Circular Economy agenda forward. The forum therefore acts as a platform to share best practices, identify opportunities and barriers from a range of stakeholders and to develop a better understanding of practical measures needed for progressive retailers to implement the principles of the circular economy.
More information about both REAP and the Retail Forum for Sustainability can be found here.