ERB Institute

Can the Circular Economy be Profitable?

A circular economy is restorative by design and aims to eradicate waste throughout the lifecycle of the product or process. A shift to this model is necessary to mitigate the detrimental effects of the linear economy, which relies on finite resources and disposable processes to meet consumption demands of an exponentially growing global population. In this workshop, participants will ideate on ways to capitalize on the circular economy model using everyday disposable objects. The application of circular economy principles in business challenges faced by social enterprises will also be explored.

The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise is a dual-degree program at the University of Michigan that fosters professional education, as well as opportunities for research and engagement supportive of business sustainability. The Institute  focuses on advancing understanding of the complex dynamics of coupled human and natural systems in relation to economic activity; promotes an interdisciplinary approach integrating the natural, social and engineering sciences; links knowledge generation with social action by connecting scholars with practitioners in the search for creative strategies and approaches to transformation; and relies on a strong collaborative network, both internally and externally, to accomplish its objectives.

The objective of the session is to facilitate a working knowledge of the Human Rights Risk Assessment (HRIA) and implementation tools through an interactive dialogue about the role of business in recognizing and upholding human rights. A particular emphasis is on engaging with stakeholders, including employees, and working with communities where corporations conduct business. 

Register for the workshop here: (40 spots)