Statement in full As we rise to the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the question is no longer should we build back better, but how. Many have already called for a response to the devastating impacts of this pandemic that does not turn attention away from other global challenges such as climate change and pollution. The circular economy offers a solution for how to do so. By designing out waste, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems, it creates vital opportunities for economic growth that also restore the environment, create jobs, and benefit society. Leading businesses and governments have already taken important steps towards building a circular economy.