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Getting the governance of the circular economy right: Checklist for Action and OECD Scoreboard

Updated on 01.03.2024

The Checklist for Action supports decision-makers to promote, facilitate and enable the transition to the circular economy. The Checklist is accompanied by the OECD Scoreboard on the Governance of the Circular Economy, a tool for cities and regions to self-assess the existence and functioning of enabling conditions for circular economy policies, initiatives, strategies and programmes.

Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Year of update: 2020

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

To implement the circular economy in general – and Circular Systemic Solutions in particular – it is crucial to have proper governance conditions in place. Based on 12 key governance dimensions, the Checklist for Action provides guidance for governments to promote, facilitate and enable the circular economy. The OECD Scoreboard on the Governance of the Circular Economy helps cities and regions to identify their level of advancement towards the implementation of each of the 12 governance dimensions.

How to use this tool or method

To carry out the self-assessment, the following procedure is recommended:

  1. identify the lead team to coordinate the self-assessment;
  2. set the objectives and scope of the assessment;
  3. map stakeholders;
  4. organise targeted workshops with key stakeholders to perform the assessment; and
  5. repeat the process once a year.

More details for each step are presented in the document.