Can your portfolio benefit from waste reduction?

Discover focused solutions that can help fuel long-term investment growth.

24 Feb 2020

Key takeaways

  • We currently waste 30% of all food globally, at a cost of $1 trillion per year—yet 10% of the global population goes hungry
  • Plastics in the sea could outweigh fish by 2050, without changes to the current course
  • Investment opportunities abound in a global waste market that is estimated at $2 trillion—twice the size of Australia’s stock market

Reducing waste can help boost companies’ profits while also lowering costs to consumers. What’s more, it can help make the world a better place, and give you a wide range of focused solutions to help capture long-term investment opportunities.

Our research partners’ recent report, “The future of waste (PDF),” outlines the issues at stake and specific opportunities that exist right now to help you make an impact on the world, and potentially generate competitive returns in this growing market.

In this report CIO lists the dedicated management companies in the waste sector, and flags the equities and bonds of companies that generate material levels of waste but manage it more proactively than peers. And CIO identifies the equities and bonds of companies that have made strides—or have the potential to—in tackling waste (including cases where shareholder or bondholder engagement could boost corporate and investment performance).

The following chapters analyze the main sources of waste and the impacts of that waste. CIO presents potential best practices to address waste that can prove profitable for businesses and investors. And finally, our research partners outline a wide range of investment approaches covering equities, fixed income and direct investments focused on waste reduction opportunities. 


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