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Circular Economy & Sustainable Business Models Chair

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The mission of the Circular Economy Chair is to promote the circular economy in society and to make it easier for companies to adapt to it.

In the face of today’s great environmental and societal challenges, the creation of business models that are more respectful of resources is vital. However, the transition towards the circular economy is a complex process, requiring agreement among, and joint effort by, a whole range of stakeholders: companies, investors, public bodies, private individuals, think-tanks and experts, etc.

Deloitte and ESCP Europe share the conviction that the circular economy must be developed collaboratively.

Frank Bournois, Dean & Executive President ESCP Europe  ; Ghislaine Sanchez, Administratrice et Membre du Bureau de la Fondation ESCP Europe  ;  Aurélien Acquier, Professeur ESCP Europe et co-Directeur Scientifique de la Chaire, Victoire Escalon, Directrice Economie Circulaire  ; Valentina Carbone, Professeur ESCP Europe et co-Directeur Scientifique de la Chaire  ; Sami Rahal, CEO, Deloitte France ; Yohann Marsollier, Coordinateur de la Chaire  pour ESCP Europe, Pacsale Pernet European Chairs and Business Development Director, ESCP Europe ; Didier Livio ,  Associé en charge des activités développement durable, Deloitte ;  Sébastien Manelfe, Associé, Deloitte
Frank Bournois, Dean and Executive President ESCP Europe; Ghislaine Sanchez, Administrator and Board Member of the ESCP Europe Foundation; Aurélien Acquier, Professor at ESCP Europe and Co-Scientific Director, Victoire Escalon, Director of Circular Economy ; Valentina Carbone, Professor at ESCP Europe and Co-Scientific Director; Sami Rahal, CEO, Deloitte France; Yohann Marsollier, Coordinator of the Chair for ESCP Europe, Pascale Pernet, European Chairs and Business Development Director, ESCP Europe; Didier Livio, Associate Deloitte; Sébastien Manelfe, Associate, Deloitte

Didier Livio, Associé, Deloitte
Interview with
Didier Livio
Associate, Deloitte

« Deloitte has been interested in the circular economy for more than 20 years and helps companies to change their business models.»

« Our commitment alongside ESCP Europe and its Foundation has thus developed naturally. Our objective it to re-think the business model in terms of circularity. The partnership with ESCP Europe represents a great opportunity to develop research and innovation on these subjects. »

Didier Livio, Associate, Deloitte

Valentina Carbone, Professor ESCP Europe Aurélien Acquier, Professor ESCP Europe
A few words
from the
Co-Scientific Directors

« The circular economy represents a change of paradigm and a major transformation of capitalism to deal with the great issues of sustainable development. The change is managerial but also cultural, altering our relationship with value creation, progress and how we consume. »

« Management schools have a key role to play in this transformation. The Circular Economy Chair aims to promote research and teaching about the circular economy, and to build bridges between companies, students, and external stakeholders. Its approach is completely interdisciplinary, because the circular economy brings into play social science, political science, engineering science, economics, design and the various management disciplines. »

Aurélien Acquier and Valentina Carbone, Professors ESCP Europe


Innovation accelerator

The Chair aims to accelerate innovation to facilitate the transition to the circular economy. Its fields of action include research, training and the dissemination of good practice throughout the world of management.

The Chair’s work seeks to study, identify and clarify the barriers that prevent companies from deploying a 100% circular model both within and outside their organisations (public bodies and environmental organisations, markets, consumers), in order to determine the changes that need to be made and the levers that need to be used in order to deploy the circular economy’s full potential.

Fields of activity

La chaire se concentre sur 3 types d'activités:

Research around the Chair’s central theme

New modes of coordination / cooperation between companies; conditions for the involvement of the consumer; tensions and paradoxes; instrumentation and operationalisation. This research is disseminated in academic and professional publications and white papers.


Round tables and workshops bringing together academics / industrialists.


ESCP Europe courses already include the circular economy: 30 hours in the MIM programme and the International Sustainability Management MSc since 2016, 12 hours in the Executive MBA and several modules in different MSc courses. The Chair is helping to develop the teaching of the circular economy through the introduction of professional workshops.


Prof. Valentina Carbone Chaire Economie circulaire & business models durables


Scientific co-Director

Aurélien Acquier, Professor ESCP Europe


Scientific co-Director

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Prof. Dr. Rolf Brühl, Chair Owner of  Business Ethics and Management Control, Berlin campus, ESCP Europe


Professor ESCP Europe

Olivier Delbard Professor ESCP Europe


Professor ESCP Europe

Prof. Dr. Sylvie Geisendorf, Chair Owner of the Enironnment and Economics chair, Berlin campus, ESCP Europe


Professor ESCP Europe

Prof Dr Florian Ludeke Freund, Chair owner of the Corporate Sustainability Chair, Berlin Campus, Escp Europe


Professor ESCP Europe

Joe Miemczyk, ESCP Europe


Professor ESCP Europe

Focus on...

Muhammad Yunus’s conference at ESCP Europe


Muhammad Yunus’s conference at ESCP Europe: the Circular Economy Chair was there

05 Decemberber 2018
Relive the event!

Signature de la Chaire ESCP Europe - Deloitte Economie circulaire et business models durables


Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models: a new chair is born!

19 November 2018
24th October 2018... Sami Rahal, CEO, Deloitte France hosted Frank Bournois, Dean & Executive President of ESCP Europe and Ghislaine Sanchez, Member of the Board of the ESCP Europe Foundation and the two Professors Aurélien Acquier and Valentina Carbone for the signing ceremony of the new Chair in Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models.

News & Events



Economie collaborative : les coûts cachés sur l'environnement [Aurélien Acquier]
RSE 04/10/2017 "Les différents business modèles de l'Economie circulaire" par Valentina Carbone ESCP

Research & Publications

Crowd-logistics, the new frontier of the collaborative economy [FR]

The conversation
10 Decembre 2018

The collaborative economy has recently entered the field of logistics, giving rise to innovations that are of great interest to traditional operators.

Written by Aurélien Rouquet, Christine Roussat, Valentina Carbone


Is the circular economy good for the environment? Conversation with Aurélien Acquier [FR]

The conversation
23 september 2018

Management sciences deal with the art of composong collectively with tensions and paradoxes, in situations that are always complex. Demonstration.

Written by Jean-Philippe Denis


The rise of the “Phenix”: giving a second life to food waste

The conversation
5 june 2018

The case of the start-up Phenix shows that the fight to reduce food waste requires a regulatory context that encourages innovation at the level of the business ecosystem.

Written by Aurélien Acquieri, Louis Chappet and Valentina Carbone


Food waste: how the start-up Phenix changes the game [FR]

The conversation
3 april 2018

The case of the start-up Phenix shows that the fight to reduce food waste requires a regulatory context that encourages innovation at the level of the business ecosystem.

Written by Aurélien Acquieri, Louis Chappet and Valentina Carbone


Collaborative economy and cooperativism: should walls or bridge be built? [FR]

The conversation
12 september 2016

Some elements to clarify and extend the debate on what cooperativism can bring to the collaborative economy.

Written by Aurélien Acquier et Alban Ouahab


Supermarket "La Louve", the newest member to the alternative consumer segment. [FR]

The conversation
5 september 2016

La Louve, a cooperative and participative supermarket owned by its customers, will open its doors in the XVIIIᵉ arrondissement of Paris in the fall of 2016. History and challenges of the approach.

Written by Aurélien Acquier and Alban Ouahab


Is the collaborative economy a source of environmental progress?

The conversation
29 june 2016

L’impact environnemental des nouveaux modes de consommation collaborative est une question complexe dont la réponse n’est ni évidente, ni systématiquement positive.

The environmental impact of new collaborative consumption way is a complex issue whose answer is neither obvious nor systematically positive.

Written by Aurélien Acquier, Damien Demailly and Valentina Carbone



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