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Sustainability challenges facing the chemical industry: What investors need to know

  • 01 November 2023 (10 min read)

Key points:

 

  • Chemicals help form the backbone of modern economies, providing numerous everyday benefits and enabling innovation. But how can we continue to reap their benefits and simultaneously protect the environment?
  • Not all chemicals are harmful. However, there are substances which can negatively affect nature and human health. The impact of hazardous chemicals has the potential to be financially material to the companies in which we invest
  • Responsible investors looking to safeguard biodiversity can proactively engage with companies in the chemical industry, advocating for greater transparency on exposure levels and the use of hazardous chemicals, as well as their reduction – with a particular regard for persistent ones
  • In parallel, they can consider allocating capital towards sustainable solutions via companies developing safer alternatives and deploying technologies to address existing environmental challenges
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