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ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) in Packaging – Thematic Research

GlobalData's propriety ESG framework identifies 12 main areas of ESG, contributing factors to these areas, and mitigating actions that companies can take to excel in ESG. The report's trends section highlights the tech, macro, and industry trends impacting the ESG theme in the packaging sector over the next 12 to 24 months.


Both regulators and non-governmental initiatives are progressing the packaging sector towards a circular economy. This means gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and designing waste out of the system. Circular economy regulations have been around for decades and are gathering significant momentum.

According to a GlobalData survey, environmentally friendly packaging material was a key driver of purchase for 34% of respondents, 44% stated that it was nice to have but not essential, and 22% indicated that it did not affect their purchasing behavior.

According to GlobalData’s 2019 Global Executives Survey: Plastic Packaging, Sustainability, and Disruption, 87% of respondents expected government legislation to impact plastic packaging dynamics, with 49% strongly agreeing with this expectation. Numerous initiatives and government policies are guiding the packaging sector towards a circular economy

Reasons to buy

Position yourself for the future and create a holistic ESG strategy using GlobalData’s ESG framework. Assess sustainability policies, performance, and progress against GlobalData’s ESG framework. Identify and mitigate factors that contribute to negative consequences and pursue actions to improve ESG performance.

Uncover the packaging companies excelling in ESG operations with GlobalData’s thematic scorecard. Understand competitor activity and positioning in the ESG theme with the extensive coverage of each leading company’s activity in the companies section.

Use the trends section to identify key technology, macroeconomic, and regulatory trends shaping the ESG theme.

Discover the key challenges to packaging companies across Environment, Social, and Governance, with company examples of mitigating actions and malpractice.

Understand the ESG action feedback loop, a market mechanism that drives reputational and competitive advantage, incentivizing further action and drawing more participation.

Companies mentioned

Amcor, Aptar, SIG Combibloc, Ball Corp, Berry Global, BlackRock, Crown Holdings, DS Smith, International Paper, O-I Glass, Pactiv Evergreen, Smurfit Kappa, Stora Enso, Tetra Pak, UPM-Kymmene, WestRock

Table of Contents

Executive summary

GlobalData’s ESG framework


The ESG action feedback loop

ESG challenges in packaging

Case studies

ESG timeline


Sector scorecard


Further reading

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