Hazardous chemical content
Companies producing paints, adhesives and other consumer-facing, chemically-based products face risks from product formulation. Specifically, these products can often include toxic or otherwise hazardous ingredients. This is especially true in Emerging Markets, where product standards sometimes lag those elsewhere in the world. Stewart Investors seeks to understand which companies are leaders and laggards in this respect.
(a) Identify which companies have gone furthest to proactively remove potentially hazardous chemicals from their products and which are doing just enough to keep up with regulation.
(b) Provide us with a comprehensive and subjective evaluation of which companies are at greatest reputational, financial and regulatory risk from rising consumer awareness around toxic ingredients and changing approaches from authorities towards industry standards.
(c) Identify for each company in the study three key changes that senior management should attempt over the next five years in order to further de-risk their businesses from this perspective.
Detours to be avoided:
(a) Analysis of statements of policy.
(b) Attempts to quantify that which is subjective.
(c) Too much science in final presentation. While the approach must be science-based, findings must be presented for a generalist audience.
Up to 20 specific companies with high risk exposure from this subject; names to be provided by Stewart Investors. Maximum 20 page report.
Research proposals are now closed for this tender.