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With increasing production and use, and poor end-of-life management, there are many environmental and economic risks associated with plastics. There are also legal requirements companies must increasingly respond to. Finding solutions to these issues through new technologies, innovations and investments can create opportunities for investors.
The PRI’s Plastics Investor Working Group consists of 29 global investors representing US$5.9 trillion in assets. The group has focused on building an understanding of plastics from a global and holistic perspective, including how plastics fit in with the broader circular economy concept.
The group has supported the development of the plastics landscape series and four guides to support investor engagement on plastic packaging with relevant sectors. Participants will continue to enhance investor understanding of how to address plastic waste and pollution and support a circular economy for plastics by deepening the insights within the engagement guides and exploring key areas in more detail.
The PRI has published four guides to help investors engage with key sectors in the plastic packaging value chain including petrochemicals, containers and packaging, fast-moving consumer goods and waste management. The reports were developed with expert input from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and PRI’s Plastics Investor Working Group.Find out more
The PRI has published three reports to help investors understand why plastic is a problem, and the key sectors in the plastic value chain and associated risks and opportunities. The third report looks at the factors that are causing the plastic landscape to evolve. The reports are accompanied an interactive tool presenting data on plastic production, plastic use, plastic waste generation, plastic waste management and legislation.
By Rebecca Chapman, Specialist, Environmental Issues, PRI, and Gerald Naber, Programme Manager, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
In this episode, the PRI’s Rebecca Chapman speaks with Michiel De Smet, Finance Initiative Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Whilst plastic is fundamental to everyday life, plastic waste poses significant reputational risks, particularly for the food, beverage and retail sectors.
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