On 27 October, the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2016-17 were announced. Businesses are quickly recognising that shifting to a circular economy makes sound economic sense. The Commission's 'European Business Awards for the Environment' rewards the best of these pioneers for their eco-innovative practices and products in the EU and candidate countries. They are an important part of the Commission's toolbox for the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan adopted in December 2015. From micro start-ups to global brands this year's winners are: HiPP-Werk Georg Hipp OHG baby-food manufacturer, Germany; Ladybird Farm leisure centre, Hungary; CMS Window Systems, United Kingdom; M2i Life Sciences for the protection of crops, France; Fairphone BV smartphones, Netherlands; and Hydromx International A.S., Turkey. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: "Companies competing for the Business awards for the Environment represent the true agents of change in Europe's transition towards a circular economy. They show that innovation, economic viability and environmental protection can go together. Green solutions can be incorporated in the business model of a company of any size, at any stage, in any sector or country." A press release is available online.