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Wednesday, June 30 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Africa: Plastics Leading Towards a Circular Economy

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At the global, national and local level, there is increased action to address concerns around plastics in the environment. The circular economy approach in plastic waste management requires producers to take responsibility, save energy, design waste out of the system, and create a market for reuse.
In this session, we explore the role of plastics in our society and how existing recycling and reprocessing infrastructure can be improved and enhanced to capture and recycle more plastic waste; avoiding escape into the environment. 
Governments have imposed legislation and regulations that would, among other things, require extended producer responsibility and impose bans and restrictions on plastic products sales. We will explore the role of the private sector and the B Corp Movement in supporting the implementation of these regulations and importantly how such regulation can be used to drive innovation and change in the way businesses handle plastics after first use. 
Specifically, the session will aim to: 
  • Explore options to improve waste management, reduce plastic use and increase recyclability in the region;
  • Investigate the role of the private sector and B Corps in shaping and implementing plastics regulations;
  • Common challenges companies face in combating plastic waste, and how to overcome them; and
  • Opportunities for businesses to drive innovation and change in the way they handle plastics after first use.

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Rita Atuti

Shared Value Foundation

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Gladys Kivati

Founder & Executive Director (Nairobi, Kenya), Sustainable Business Consulting (a Certified B Corp)
Gladys Kivati is an inclusive business advisor and Executive Director at Sustainable Business Consulting, a Certified B Corp in Kenya. Her passion is in developing organizations and people achieve excellence in ways that foster learning, dialogue, and innovation through a collaborative... Read More →
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Keiran Smith

CEO & Co-Founder, Mr Green Africa
Keiran is a serial entrepreneur with 10+ years experience in business building. He has a background in banking (BoA Merrill Lynch) and Bachelor of Business Administration (HWZ, Zurich).
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Jacob Olonde

Founder & CEO, ECAIS Institute
Mr. Jacob is a renowned environmentalist with bias towards Green Economy, Climate Change, Sustainability, Research and Capacity Building.  He has over 10 years of practical and hands-on working experience in the environmental sector. He is an author, trainer, researcher and consulting... Read More →

Wednesday June 30, 2021 12:00pm - 1:15pm UTC
  Africa Regional Session