Tackling global plastic pollution with a science-driven strategy
Growing awareness around the environmental impact of plastics and the scale of plastic pollution has made it a hot-button topic and major risk for businesses in sectors ranging from agri-food to apparel, cosmetics, shipping and beyond. Consumers and investors expect businesses to take action and are willing to cut ties with brands that fail to do so.
Companies are stepping up and making bold commitments to tackle plastic-related issues, but many lack the tools and information they need to translate these commitments into strategies and actions with meaningful impact. More than ever, businesses need an integrated, science-based plastics strategy.
"Consumers and investors are increasingly concerned about the environmental impacts of plastics. When companies commit to addressing their plastics use and build a strong plastics strategy, they not only build credibility, they also mitigate potential risks in the rapidly shifting legislative environment of bans and taxes on plastics."
Laura Peano, Plastics Leak Project Lead
Building a metrics-driven plastics strategy that bolsters business value
An effective plastics strategy is one that bolsters business value by minimizing risks, building business resilience and driving innovation. Quantis guides organizations across diverse sectors on their journey to define and implement robust strategies founded on science — from assessing impacts and benchmarking performance, through to engaging key stakeholders all along the process.
1+ MEASURE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT
The first step in a robust plastics strategy is to evaluate your plastic footprint across the value chain. This assessment allows you to identify “hotspots” and prioritize action, avoiding trade-offs between one environmental impact and another. Drawing on our expertise in plastics impacts and life cycle assessment (LCA), Quantis supports corporate and product-level assessments through comparative LCAs and circularity evaluations. Plastic leakage assessments are powered by the Plastic Leak Project Guidelines.
Also see the Guidelines for Corporate Plastic Stewardship, co-developed by Quantis and partners, which provide science-based best practices for companies to reduce their plastic impact.
2+ PERFORM TREND ANALYSIS + PEER BENCHMARKING
With a clear map of your own value chain plastic impacts, the next step is to gather information from external sources such as emerging trends and peer activity. This enables you to identify keys to success and potential pitfalls, so you can build a resilient long-term strategy.
3+ DEVELOP A STRATEGY + SET GOALS
With these inputs, you can define an effective plastics strategy and ambitious reduction goals aligned with your overall sustainability strategy (including climate strategy, water stewardship, biodiversity and more). This process includes identifying and forecasting potential risks and opportunities in your current plastic packaging strategy and prioritizing key areas for action.
4+ BUILD A REDUCTION ROADMAP + EXECUTE
Define concrete actions to reduce your environmental impacts as well as plastic leakage in your value chain, and deliver on your sustainability commitments through eco-design, product and supply chain innovation, and stakeholder engagement. Quantis can also support monitoring progress and optimizing action plans as you move along your plastics journey.
+ ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS
Throughout your journey, it is critical to communicate your progress and commitments with your teams, investors, consumers, civil society, and other stakeholders. Credible communications based on robust metrics generate internal buy-in and build internal capacity (through training, interactive workshops, game-based learning and more). They also promote transparent governance and help inspire change throughout your industry.