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Investor analysis of chemicals management increases thanks to ChemSec and RobecoSAM

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) provide investors with a more comprehensive assessment of corporate chemicals management following collaboration between ChemSec and RobecoSAM

Corporate chemicals management will from now on play a greater role in evaluating performance in the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), the research backbone for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The product stewardship section of the CSA has been updated in order to better reflect the growing interest from investors in issues surrounding chemical sustainability. The update is the result from a collaboration effort between RobecoSAM and chemical expert organization ChemSec.

“ChemSec is very satisfied that the world’s leading rating index shows leadership and increases its attention towards chemicals. By looking more closely at corporate chemical management, the CSA and its products like the DJSI will now give investors a more complete picture in terms of sustainability, something we know many investors have been longing for,” says Sonja Haider, Senior Investors Advisor with the International Chemical Secretariat, ChemSec.

Read more: Why the stock market’s increased attention on toxic chemicals is a big thing – Analysis by ChemSec Executive Director, Anne-Sofie Andersson

Companies from various sectors are now asked to provide data on the percentage of products that contain substances regulated as hazardous, are of international concern, or may become regulated in the future as referenced by ChemSec’s SIN List of hazardous substances. Additionally, the questions regarding recycled, sustainably sourced or bio-based materials have been revised in order to satisfy the growing investor interest in circular economy strategies.

“RobecoSAM revised the product stewardship criterion to further strengthen how we assess the rigour of companies’ approach to product stewardship. We noticed that increasingly companies are conducting assessments and research, however we weren’t able to evaluate how substantive these efforts are,” says Rashila Kerai, Senior Sustainability Investing Analyst at RobecoSAM.

“We moved beyond the evaluation of qualitative processes and initiatives to more quantifiable information. These questions reflect our expectation of companies. One aspect of this is knowing to what extent hazardous substances are used in their product portfolios. We have raised the bar and reward those companies with a comprehensive approach to reducing their use of hazardous chemicals,” she concludes.

The real corporate sustainability leaders will now be able to show their progressive, forward-thinking and proactive sustainability efforts in the so far hidden chemical management area, an often black spot in the world of sustainability reporting.

 

For more information, please contact:

Sonja Haider, Senior Investors Advisor, ChemSec
sonja.haider@chemsec.org
+49 89 810 59 380

Peter Pierrou, Communications Manager, ChemSec
peter.pierrou@chemsec.org
+46 739 984 901