International agreements such as the Agenda 2030 or the Paris Agreement on Climate Change are placing increasing demands on companies with regard to eco-efficient business. Similar stimuli are provided by the EU with the circular economy package or the plastic strategy. This involves the efficient use of resources and the recycling and avoidance of waste, but also intelligent product design and the return of recycled materials to the economic cycle. In this context, the term recycling economy or circular economy has established itself.

While recycling systems, the promotion of innovation and regulation in Europe offer framework conditions and incentives for a cycle-oriented economy, emerging and developing countries lack the basic prerequisites at a systemic level. Here, an important impetus comes from European companies that also rely on economy along their global value chains and, for example, even invest in the construction of systems ranging from waste management to markets for secondary raw materials. In doing so, they not only contribute to sustainable local development, but also benefit from long-term competitive advantages as a result of higher customer acceptance, lower production costs and alternative sources of raw materials.
The corporAID Multilogue "The Wider Circle" showed business cases of Austrian companies,
  • which framework conditions are required for a functioning circular economy;
  • how Austrian know-how can contribute to the development of sustainable systems in emerging and developing countries;
  • how companies can help to shape the local market environment and thereby utilize new economic opportunities.

Impulses & discussion

Thomas Greigeritsch | Constantia Flexibles
Angelika Guldt | Lenzing
Manfred Hackl | EREMA
Bernhard Heneis | OMV
Manfred Tacker | FH Campus Vienna
Arnoud Walrecht | KPMG Netherlands
Dorothea Wiplinger | Borealis
and other company representatives

Time & Place

Thursday 12th of September 2019 , 5pm to 7pm
KPMG , Porzellangasse 51, 1090 Vienna

Documents for download


This corporAID Multilogue took place in cooperation with KPMG.Logo of KPMG

Photos: Mihai M. Mitrea