Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s newly published paper assessing progress on the global commitment to address plastic pollution shows business signatories have significantly outperformed peers on tackling waste, but are expected to miss some 2025 goals

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October 31, 2023 (press release) –

This year we are celebrating a milestone: five years of the Global Commitment! We have reflected upon progress and learnings to date, and, based on those, provide direction for the coming years to drive progress further, faster.

Five years in, the Global Commitment has shown it is possible to make meaningful progress to tackle plastic waste and pollution – but the world remains significantly off track. 

Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme, the Global Commitment has mobilised over 1,000 organisations behind a common vision and aligned 2025 targets, underpinned by common metrics and definitions. 

Five years in, it is time to reflect upon progress and learnings to date, and, based on those, provide direction for the coming years to drive progress further, faster.

These are some of the key takeaways from the paper: 

  • Business signatories have significantly outperformed their peers when it comes to taking action to tackle plastic waste.

  • Yet, despite outperforming the rest of the market, business signatories are expected to miss some of the 2025 goals, with pivotal hurdles preventing progress.

  • Moving forward, we need strong binding policy measures. The international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution currently being negotiated offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put in the right legally binding rules, measures, and incentives to tackle this global problem.

  • Voluntary action from business remains vital as a complement to long-term policy change, ensuring progress is pushed further and faster.

Read the Global Commitment Five Years in paper to find out more.




You can also explore: 

  • The Global Commitment 2023 Progress Report, which looks at how business signatories are faring against their 2025 targets

  • Individual signatory data 

  • Watch out for - The Global Commitment: Government Insights, which look at how government signatories are faring against their 2025 targets. These will be published later in November. 

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