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A shift to a circular economy will change job markets considerably: some jobs will disappear, new jobs will emerge and many jobs will change in nature. To ensure a fair transition, it is important to assess and manage the impacts of the transition to a circular economy on the labour market.  

This event focuses on the skills and employment in a circular economy.   

In the event we will discuss two key issues:  

  • The circular economy is necessary for a transition to a sustainable future. But can it bring about well-being, equality and other social benefits too?  
  • How do resource efficiency, product life extension, sharing platforms and other new circular economy business models affect employment and what new skills will be required? 

The webinar is an official WCEF online side event. The event is co-organised by SitraCircle Economy, and IISD. 

Agenda & Speakers

14:00 CET (15:00 UTC +2) Event starts  

The event will be moderated by Malena Sell-Myllyoja, Senior specialist, Circular Economy, Sitra 

Opening remarks by Sitra  

Keynote: Why do we need to foresee and manage the social impacts of the transition to a circular economy? 
Mari Pantsar, Director, Carbon-neutral circular economy, Sitra 

Key insights from three recent studies on the circular economy’s employment effects, social impacts and changing skills needs 

Employment impacts resulting from circular economy interventions 
Philip Gass, Lead, Transitions, International Institute for Sustainable Development 

Three pillars for a positive transition to circularity for work and workers 
Esther Goodwin Brown, Manager, Circular Jobs Initiative, Circle Economy 

A qualitative approach to employment trends and the skills required in the future 
Riikka Leppänen, Specialist, Circular Economy, Sitra 

Panel discussion – How to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and manage the social impacts 
Camilla Roman, Policy Specialist, Green Jobs at the International Labour Organization 
Benjamin Denis, Senior Policy Advisor, IndustriAll Europe 
Risto Raivio, Senior Expert, European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion 

Q&A with the audience   

15:30 CET (16:30 UTC +2) Event ends  

Practical Information

Tuesday, December 14 | 8:00 a.m. EST / 14:00 p.m. CET 



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