Valuing Plastic: The Business Case for Measuring, Managing and Disclosing Plastic Use in the Consumer Goods Industry

Year of Publication

2014

This resource outlines the business case for companies to measure, disclose, and manage plastic in their operations.

Source:

United Nations
Environment
Programme

Author(s):

Julie Raynaud

Geography:

Global

Type:

Primary Data

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Monitoring and Evaluation

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Oceans, Climate, Capital Flows

This resource outlines the business case for companies to measure, disclose, and manage plastic in their operations. The report explains how managing plastic reduces risks to companies and presents business opportunities (e.g. regulation, reputation, material costs, financing). The report analyzes 16 consumer goods sectors using life cycle analysis techniques to calculate plastic use intensity, natural capital costs along with natural capital intensity which represents the revenue at risk if the impacts of plastic mismanagement had to be internalized by companies. The report also highlights the lack of plastic disclosure by companies and tangible actions for companies to reduce their impact.

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