Behind every product are raw materials, but we are using resources faster than nature can regenerate them. Circelligence by BCG helps companies become circular businesses and drive more value from fewer raw material inputs.
Developed by BCG X and our circular economy consulting team, in partnership with SAP and battle-tested with BCG’s clients, Circelligence is now available as a standalone circular strategy solution running on SAP BTP. It’s part evaluative, part circular economy framework, providing an end-to-end assessment of a company’s circularity and helping leaders identify initiatives that create—and differentiate—a truly circular business.
Circelligence by BCG calculates the circularity of a company to help clients on their climate change and sustainability journey by embedding circular economy concepts into their overall corporate strategy and enabling management to make informed circular investment decisions. The Circelligence tool is built around five key pillars:
Across sectors and around the globe, BCG has helped companies accelerate their circularity journey. Here are some examples of our work—and results:
Hilti was the first company worldwide to use and codevelop the Circelligence method with BCG. Hilti now evaluates the circularity of its entire product portfolio in terms of both quality and quantity on a yearly basis. Insights from Circelligence supported Hilti in defining a comprehensive circular strategy, leading to the recovery of 120,000 spare parts in 2022 and saving 90 tons of valuable electronic motors and rotors.
We partnered with a materials industry powerhouse to pilot end-of-life collection, source bio-based and recycled materials, and develop fully circular business models, among other initiatives. In all, circularity efforts have the potential to impact 75% of the business’s volume.
"Circelligence helped bring clarity to an extremely complex topic. It supported us in building a database of material use and flows which—beyond allowing us to calculate the circularity score—gave us deep insight into our material use."