Blue investing: Searching for solutions to ocean plastics

Sarah Cohn    Doug Morrow, Martin Vezer
12 Nov 2018
Categories: Investment Management, ESG, Equity Investments

Country or region: Asia Pacific (Overall)

Plastic pollution, particularly in oceans, is a growing environmental concern. The report takes a deep dive into the economy of plastics in search of companies well-positioned to mitigate the risks of plastic pollution and to deliver sustainable solutions. 


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Sustainalytics has published a new ESG Spotlight Series report, Blue Investing: Searching for Solutions to Ocean Plastics. The public, regulators and investors have grown acutely concerned about plastic pollution, particularly ocean plastics. Our report examines the economy of plastics and highlights companies well-positioned to mitigate the risks of plastic pollution and deliver sustainable solutions. 

Based on our analysis, we find only 10 percent of 4,575 covered companies with exposure to plastic waste management risks exhibit strategic awareness of plastic pollution. In addition, less than one percent of these 4,575 firms use the phrase "ocean plastic" or "ocean health" in relevant corporate documents. We also identify eight companies contributing solutions to plastic pollution, including BillerudKorsnäs and Adidas. 

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