Assessment model

The Circular Globe Label connects people and organisations and is a compass for the global circular economy.

It shows, how companies and consumers make sustainable, circular decisions today - for tomorrow.

For the benefit of future generations, the environment and the economy.

Circular Globe Model


The Circular Globe Model is based on a maturity approach. This guarantees a systemic approach within all activities towards a circular economy.

The modular and multi level construction of the model facilitate an easy start to the transformation. This makes it feasible even for smaller organisations. With the right mindest, anyone can undertake this journey.

Four dimensions, split into eleven chapters with a total of 239 criteria make up the Circular Globe Model.

#1 - Preparedness

This dimension looks at the readiness of an organisation to undertake the transformation toward a circular economy. Central to this is the "CE-Analysis" that serves the scoping of the system to be assessed and definition of current status. This positioning defines the baseline for the transformation and thus enables the measurement of all future activities and decisions.

Preparedness - Hand with Tool
Direction - Bicycle

#2 - Direction

The direction of the organisation is assessed within this dimension. Within this, leadership is defined by the obligation of management to the creation of a favourable environment, supporting the achievement of planned goals and results. The recognition of opportunities and risks along the entire value chain is also vital. Therein, the focus lies on business models and the engagement with all stakeholders as well as the creation and nursing of value networks.


#3 - Execution

Within this dimension the focus lies on the operationalisation of all previously considered aspects. Planning, implementation, but also parts of monitoring & measurement reflect the systematic pursuit of strategic goals within the circular economy.

Execution -  watering can
Results - Circular Globe

#4 - Results

Results are the outcomes of all combined circular activities and decisions.Topics from the chapter "Improvement & Communication"  as well as "Monitoring & Measurement" are observed within this dimension. This is where the loop of continuous improvement closes and the basis for further improvement and development toward circular management is created.

Assessment procedure

The model and assessment procedure ist suited to organisations of every size and industry. It works both as a framework and a rating model for circular activities. Circular Globe is based on current academic knowledge and proven practical experience, following internationally acknowledged standards and works of reference. The climate goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are considered within the model. Circular Globe integrates current and anticipated regulatory requirements, such as EU Action Plans.

Procedural steps

Circular Globe Recognised Project

Circular Globe Label Organisation

Circular Globe Label Ecosystem

Informational meeting

Assessment application

Pre-assessment meeting and coordination of procedure/planning

Assessment (Stage 1 and Stage 2)

Detailed report

Proposal for issuance of Circular Globe Label

Issuance of label (3 year validity)


Issuance of attestation (2 year validity)



Yearly surveillance assessments (continuous improvement)


Renewal of Label after 3 years (full assessment)



The attestation for the one-time assessment "Circular Globe Recognised Project" is valid for two years from the date of issuance and not renewable.

The Circular Globe Labels "Organisation" and "Ecosystem" are valid for three years from the date of issuance.


The Circular Globe Label is internationally recognised. SQS and Quality Austria as leading rating and certification companies both possess long-standing experience and competencies across industries. This guarantees a global reputation and acceptance of Circular Globe Labels.


Circular Globe may be applied in addition to integrated management systems such as ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), ISO 45001 (OHS), ISO 50001 (Energy Management) or ISO 31000 (Risk Management).


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Circular Globe is

a European initiative by SQS and Quality Austria

an innovative Label to support people and organisations in 
making sustainable and circular decisions

a model to assess the circular maturity of organisations

suitable for organisations of any type and size 

a community for committed stakeholders and proven experts within the circular economy

a training academy