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European Commission

The Bioeconomy Directorate of DG Research and Innovation defines, implements, monitors and evaluates the EU Research and Innovation policy and initiatives to address Horizon 2020’s societal challenge “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the Bioeconomy”.

European Commission Bioeconomy Strategy

The 2018 update of the  Bioeconomy Strategy (pdf)  aims to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable European bioeconomy so as to maximise its contribution towards the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the Paris Agreement. The update also responds to new European policy priorities, in particular the renewed Industrial Policy Strategy, the Circular Economy Action Plan and the Communication on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation, all of which highlight the importance of a sustainable, circular bioeconomy to achieve their objectives.

 Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement

InnProBio  works with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing bio-based products in Europe. Fact sheets on why to choose biobased.  A series of factsheets is available on the bioeconomy.

Biobased Procurement

This project and website aims to help procurers and other persons involved with green procurement for bio-based products. A series of factsheets on specific bioproduct areas, an initial European product information list and specific trainings for public procurers are available.


Bio-based polymers, a revolutionary change – Short version April 2017

The trend report presents latest developments, producers, drivers and lessons learnt especially for PHA, PLA, PUR/TPU, PA and polymers based on furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and succinic acid (SA)

From the Sugar Platform to biofuels and biochemicals – April 2015

This study uses literature surveys, market data and stakeholder input to provide a comprehensive evidence base for policymakers and industry – identifying the key benefits and development needs for the sugar platform.

Waste or Resource- Stimulating a bioeconomy:  Science & Technology Select Committee – March 2014

Select Committee review of evidence on the bioeconomy and use of waste as a resource.

Evidencing the bioeconomy : BBSRC    September 2016  

An assessment of evidence on the contribution of, and growth opportunities in, the bioeconomy in the United Kingdom

Horizon scanning the European bio-based economy: a novel approach to the identification of barriers and key policy interventions from stakeholders in multiple sectors and regions –  July 2016

The Bioeconomy to 2030:designing a policy agenda  –   OECD report

Obtaining the full benefits of the bioeconomy will require purposive goal-oriented policy. This will require leadership, primarily by governments but also by leading firms, to establish goals for the application of biotechnology to primary production, industry and health.


Equality and Human Rights Commission

The EHRC  is Great Britain’s national equality body and has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations.  It’s job is to help make Britain fairer by safeguarding and enforcing the laws that protect people’s rights to fairness, dignity and respect.

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.

Age Positive

New initiative to create age-diverse workforces.

Office of National Statistics

The UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.

Employer Toolkit: Guidance for Managers of Older Workers

The Age Action Alliance is a partnership of organisations and individuals who have committed to working together to improve older people’s lives and achieve its shared aims. The focus is on the most disadvantaged and promoting positive attitudes to ageing.

Women’s Engineering Society

The Women’s Engineering Society is a charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. They collect statistics specific to gender and engineering.


The Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy- October 2017

This sets out how the Civil Service will become the most inclusive employer in the UK by 2020. Main  priorities are to increase the representation of currently under-represented groups at all levels across the Civil Service and to focus on inclusion to build culture and reputation as a place that attracts, develops, retains and fully engages all the diverse talent across the organisation.

Tackling gender, disability and ethnicity pay gaps: a progress review – Aug 2017

This report examines the effectiveness of interventions led by UK government and employers to tackle gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps in the UK.

Let’s talk about racism – TUC (Trade Union Congress) – April 2017

Presents findings from a self-report survey of more than 5000 working people. It gives voice to the everyday experience of racism in the British workplace, and is part of an ongoing project to challenge racism at work. Further reports will be published later in 2017.

Race in the Workplace: McGregor Smith Review – February 2017

Independent review by Baroness McGregor-Smith considering the issues affecting black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the workplace. It sets out recommendations for employers in the public and private sectors to improve diversity within their organisations.

The ethnic diversity of UK boards: Parker review –  November 2016

This review sets out a series of recommendations which need to be debated within the business community in particular.

Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter: Harvard Business Review – November 2016

Evidence and research on advantages of diverse teams.