ISS ESG Industry Focus: Chemicals

ISS ESG Industry Focus: Chemicals

JANUARY 29, 2019

The current corporate rating universe of the chemical industry comprises 109 companies. These include manufacturers of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, polymers, agrochemicals, seeds, and other materials. Since companies in the chemical industry are suppliers to many downstream industries, their products can be found in almost all consumer and industrial goods. Although chemical companies do not often manufacture end products, they have a significant impact on sustainability. Of the 109 companies in the chemical industry, however, only 8 received prime status, which corresponds to 7.3 percent of the industry. As of January 2019, the leading companies in the chemical industry are Clariant AG (CH), Booregaard ASA (NO) and Evonik Industries AG (DE), each with a grade of B-.

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