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Plastics phase-out: Exposure through the value chain

Our Sustainable Investment Team takes an in-depth look at the companies likely to be most impacted by the drive to reduce the use of plastics.

07/11/2018

Seema Suchak

Seema Suchak

Sustainable Investment Analyst

Elly Irving

Elly Irving

Sustainable Investment Analyst

Schroders' Sustainable Investment Team tackled the hot topic of plastics use in April. With consumers growing increasingly determined to reduce their dependence on plastic, the team have now undertaken a more in-depth study to assess the areas of consumer packaging likely to face the most pressure.

While consumer companies have been most visibly affected by the increased attention, the impacts elsewhere in the plastics value chains – among packaging companies and raw material suppliers – are likely to be more intense and disruptive.

The team have looked through that value chain to assess potential risks, the companies exposed to them and the steps some leaders are taking. The biggest impacts are expected to be felt by manufacturers of plastic packaging.