pdf-articles Ratings /ratings/en/research/pdf-articles/210713-esg-evaluation-key-sustainability-factors-chemicals-100272730 content esgSubNav

ESG Evaluation Key Sustainability Factors: Chemicals

Our key sustainability factors identify the most material environmental and social risks assessed in our ESG Evaluation. We assess the materiality of those risks across the industry’s value chain and reflect them in the weighting of our environmental and social factors. Chemical companies typically convert raw materials (such as fossil fuels, air, water, minerals, and chemical compounds) into products with different chemical properties. The industry is usually and broadly divided into two main categories, depending on the characteristics of the chemical(s) molecules, product standardization, and applications. Commodity chemicals include petrochemicals, inorganic chemicals, plastics, synthetic fibers, and numerous other products, typically derived by processing fossil fuels. Commodity chemicals are often raw materials for further transformation.