Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Registered Charity
Industry Circular economy
Founded 23 June 2009
Founder Dame Ellen MacArthur, Chair of Trustees
Philip Sellwood, Trustee
Peter Morgan, Trustee
Headquarters Cowes, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Andrew Morlet, Chief Executive Officer
Website Official Website

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a British registered charity[1] with the stated aim of inspiring a generation to re-think, re-design & build a positive future through the framework of a circular economy.

The foundation was founded on 23 June 2009 and was publicly launched on 2 September 2010 by Dame Ellen MacArthur at the National Science Museum. The Foundation was launched with the support of a group of 'Founding Partners', B&Q, BT, Cisco, National Grid and Renault[2] The charity was inspired by MacArthur's sailing experiences[2][3] and she put £500,000 of her own money into the project. £6 million was also raised by the five founding partners.

On 17 May 2017, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in conjunction with the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit, launched a $2 million prize fund for innovations in the management of waste plastics.[4][5]


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