A new European report on the chemicals sector ...

A new European report on the chemicals sector describes companies' impacts on the environment and society, discusses the opportunities and risks such issues present and outlines ways in which companies can address them.

It highlights the top five sustainability challenges over the next five to ten years: climate change, resource use, chemicals of concern in products, chemical process safety and marketplace conduct.

Nick Robins from Henderson Global Investors commented, "There are a number of opportunities for companies to provide solutions to these challenges and therefore generate attractive returns for investors."

Published by Eurosif, in partnership with EIRIS (Ethical Investment Research Services), this is the second report in a series aimed at raising awareness of social and environmental issues potentially affecting returns and productivity in the sector.

It aims to help policy makers, mainstream and specialist SRI investors, pension fund trustees, and companies understand risks that are not consistently integrated into traditional financial analysis, but which have the potential to influence companies' shareholder value and fund managers' investment decisions.

View the report at www.eurosif.org