Plastics Risks and Opportunities in Pulp & Paper Products and Chemicals Industries

Page Last Updated: October 5, 2020


Project Overview

Project Objective

Standard Setting Project to consider modifying the Chemicals and Pulp & Paper Products industry standards to incorporate risks and opportunities associated with single use plastics and bio-alternatives.

Project Background

Intensifying focus on the externalities of plastics use has contributed to an escalating regulatory environment and shifting customer demand for packaging. These risks and opportunities do not appear to be fully captured in the existing Pulp & Paper and Chemicals standards, but there is reason to believe they could be deemed financially material.

Project Status

Current Status

Stakeholder Consultation

Next Steps

Expectation is to present an Exposure Draft of proposed changes for public comment in early 2021.

Contact Information

Gail Glazerman
Sector Analyst – Resource Transformation, Renewable Resources, SASB
gail.glazerman@sasb.org

Published Documents & Supplemental Materials

Published Documents

There are no published documents or drafts at this time.

Supplemental Materials

SASB to Explore Risks and Opportunities Related to Plastics Use, December 2019, online blog
Briefing Document, August 2020, PDF

Board Materials & Decisions

Board Meeting Outcomes

June 2020

  • The Board approved a standard-setting project to consider modifying the Chemicals and Pulp & Paper Products standards to incorporate risks and opportunities associated with single-use plastics and bio-alternatives.
  • The intent of the project is to evaluate adding a topic and supporting metrics that reflect an issuer’s ability to manage risks and identify opportunities associated with the changing landscape around single-use plastics.
  • The current stage of the project is expected to result in presentation of an Exposure Draft of proposed changes for public comment.

December 2019

  • The Board discussed a new research project on Plastics Risks and Opportunities in Pulp & Paper Products and Chemicals Industries.
  • The intent of this research will be to assess investor interest in risks and opportunities associated with plastics use in the two industries.
  • The project will result in a staff recommendation on whether to proceed to standard-setting.

Board Materials

June 2020

December 2019

For a full list of past and upcoming Standards Board meetings, as well as associated materials, please visit our Board Meetings Calendar & Archive.

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The staff has prepared this summary for informational purposes only. Any Standards Board decisions are tentative and do not change current accounting. Official positions of SASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.