Collaboration is central to McKinsey.org’s work. We work in partnership with community groups, social enterprises, local and national governments and companies.
McKinsey.org is partnering with the City of Buenos Aires and Almado to create an innovative model for inclusive, economically sustainable recycling in a low income, high-density settlement in the city.
Almado is an Argentina-based consultancy and social enterprise that helps organizations develop strategies and solutions to social challenges that have high social, environmental and economic impact and return on investment. Almado brings deep experience and relationships from working with both informal settlement communities, as well as private sector and impact investors. By collaborating with other cooperatives, city governments, and social enterprises, Almado hopes solutions like this can be quickly scaled up across and beyond Argentina.
City of Buenos Aires - Secretariat of Social and Urban Integration
The Secretariat for Social and Urban Integration of the City of Buenos Aires is undertaking an ambitious project to transform Barrio 31, one of the oldest informal settlements in the city, by improving access to education, health and economic opportunities; and ensuring basic services and adequate housing. The project also focuses on improving public spaces and developing innovative strategies to encourage better economic, cultural and social integration between Barrio 31 and other areas of Buenos Aires.
McKinsey.org is working with PRAISE and ecoBali on an initiative called Bali Bersih (“Clean Bali”) to increase waste collection and minimize plastic leakage into the oceans, targeting Bali’s coastal areas.
PRAISE, the Packaging and Recycling Association for Indonesia Sustainable Environment, is an alliance established by six founding companies—Coca-Cola, Danone, Indofood, Nestlé, Tetra Pak, and Unilever Indonesia. Its purpose is to create and enable a sustainable ecosystem that transforms packaging waste into a high value resource, bringing economic, social, and environmental benefits to Indonesia. Through advocacy, research and education, as well as partnerships and collaboration, PRAISE works to:
- Promote the Extended Stakeholder Responsibility (ESR) model and bring to life the Circular Economy (CE)
- Strengthen collaboration and networking with all stakeholders
- Become a reference model based on best practices to support government in integrated waste management
Established in 2006, ecoBali is a waste management company working in the south of Bali, Indonesia. The organization works to encourage a zero-waste lifestyle and promote responsible waste management through the collection, recycling and composting of waste. It operates its own Material Recovery Facility,conducts educational programs in schools and communities, and designs and markets eco-friendly products. EcoBali has developed tailored programs in waste management (including Waste Banks), environmental education and sustainable lifestyle, and has established extended producer responsibility programs together with companies such as Tetra Pak, The Body Shop, AQUA and Bali Buda.
Our global design partners support McKinsey.org’s work in both Argentina and Indonesia. These include Circulate Capital, the Civic Response Team, and Waste Concern.
Circulate Capital is an investment management firm that is dedicated to incubating and financing companies, projects, and infrastructure that prevent the flow of plastic waste into the world’s ocean while advancing the circular economy in South and Southeast Asia. Circulate Capital is an independent organization backed by many of the world’s leading multinational corporations.
Civic Response Team - India
The Civic Response Team (CRT) is a social enterprise specializing in evidence-driven, systems-level approaches to solid waste management. CRT has designed, built, and scaled an innovative methodology called the BOTRAM SWM Transformation Method, which has enabled high rates of source-separated waste collection and recycling in communities and Urban Local Bodies across the state of Maharashtra in India. CRT brings expertise in designing rapid behavior change campaigns, route mapping and optimization for collection systems, partnering with stakeholders in complex systems, implementing Extended Producer Responsibility frameworks, and working with the informal sector to building sustainable, efficient, equitable, and scalable models of solid waste management.
Waste Concern - Bangladesh
Founded in 1995, Waste Concern conducts research, training, and experiments in solid waste management, recycling, sanitation, and the circular economy, among other topics. Waste Concern innovated the design, construction and operation of integrated resource recovery centers (IRRCs) for developing country contexts, which convert waste into fertilizer, biogas, and other recycled products using a public-private partnership approach, and has assisted cities in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, and Vietnam in replicating the IRRC model. Waste Concern has gained global recognition, including awards from the United Nations Development Program, Tech Museum, Schwab Foundation, and Ashoka.