Over the last decade, the circular economy has been a huge success story. In the UK it has grown by 20% between 2014 and 2019. 

While roughly equal numbers of jobs are held by men and women across the UK, only 25% of jobs in the circular economy are held by women. This understates and undervalues the role of women who frequently undertake unpaid activities such as volunteering within the sector.

Diversity and inclusivity within the sector is achievable by: 

  • Having better understanding of available data and more data published.

  • Inspiring participation in the circular economy to reach a diverse audience.

  • Being wary of onus being put on women only to take care of the planet.

  • Engaging with their current workforce on available roles being more diverse.

  • Creating opportunities for all prospective applicants to be part of the sector.

  • Being open to publishing gender pay gap even if they not legally required to do.

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