World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki, Finland – Dutch participation

The 3rd World Circular Economy Forum takes place on 3-5 June 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The WCEF2019 will bring together around 2,000 key circular economy thinkers and doers from around the world. This year the forum will have a strong emphasis on the next era of the circular economy and scaling up the transition. The event is hosted by Sitra, The Finnish Innovation Fund.

There will be a large Dutch participation. Please find below an overview of events with a Dutch link. Organized by the Netherlands Embassy in Finland, together with cooperation partners.


Side event: New generation of integrated business models

When: Tuesday 4 June 2019 from 12:00-14:00
Venue: Restaurant Lasipalatsi, Palm room, Mannerheimintie 22-24, Helsinki
Cooperation partner: TNO

At this lunch event (free of charge) we want to elaborate on the work that has been done over the last years to develop circular business models and how we would like to go about when it comes to developing and aligning them with revenue and impact models. The ultimate aim is to create a new generation of integrated business models closely aligned with the emerging integrated reporting practices (IIRC).

We are seeking partnerships and we welcome companies and organisations who want to help us develop this aim. We would be happy to discuss future collaboration.

More information and registration via: or: (a.s.a.p., latest by 27.5)

Side event: Building a sustainable textile sector – Solutions to develop circularity

When: Wednesday 5 June 2019 from 10:00-12:00
Venue: Allas Sea Pool, Katajanokanlaituri 2a, Helsinki
Cooperation partner: Finnish Textile and Fashion organization

We try to help the formation of new circular business partnerships between Finnish and Dutch companies. Come and listen to the NL and FI textile sector innovations, best cases and discuss solutions to develop circularity. After short pitching sessions participants can have one-on-one meetings and network. Companies can also present their solutions in the expo area.

More information and registration, click here.

Side session: Scaling up the circular economy in cities

When: Monday 3 June 2019 from 9:30-11:00
Venue: Veranda Hall, Finlandia Hall
Organised by:
Holland Circular HotspotCircle Economy

This side session will share lessons and best practices from eight Circular Economy Hubs from all over the world. Why is scaling up the circular economy in cities so important?How can we make cities more sustainable in developed and developing countries?

More information and registration, click here.

Expo Area host: meeting point at WCEF2019

When: Monday 3 June from 10:00-20:00 and Tuesday 4 June from 8:00-17:30
Venue: Finlandia Hall, Mannerheimintie 13e, Finland
Cooperation partner: Holland Circular Hotspot

The Netherlands: An entirely circular economy by 2050

As one of the frontrunners in the circular economy, the Netherlands promotes circular solutions for global challenges and has created ambitious transition programmes for five sectors:

  • Biomass and food
  • Plastics
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Consumer goods.

The Netherlands strives to connect the global circular community by:

  • inspiring cross-sectoral collaborations;
  • boosting circular entrepreneurship;
  • co-creating a worldwide network of circular hotspots.

Let’s take up the challenge, inspire and co-operate towards a fully circular economy by 2050!

Presence at WCEF2019 is powered by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, (the Netherlands Enterprise Agency) and Holland Circular Hotspot.

Dutch speakers at WCEF

There will be several Dutch speakers. Stientje van Veldhoven, Dutch Minister for the Environment, will speak at the Grand Opening of WCEF on Monday 5 June at 12:00. Please find an overview of all speakers here.

More information

Venla Virkamäki, Policy Officer for Trade & Innovation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,, +358 40 569 9899

About WCEF

Here you'll find all the info about the the Expo Area hosts, the speakers and the programme. The programme will be divided into four different tracks: innovation, sectoral, strategy and social.