MASTER'S PROJECT: Valuing Natural Capital & Assessing Waste Recovery: A Study of Amcor's Flexible Packaging

Start Date: 
Jan 1, 2016
End Date: 
Apr 30, 2017
Summary: 

Goals & Objectives:
This project has two components for the student team to research:

  • First, students will assess the post-consumer waste and potential recovery of Amcor's flexible packaging for inclusion in Amcor's sustainability assessment, lifecycle analysis, and production.  
  • Second, students will provide a valuation of the natural goods and services Amcor uses to produce its products, identify current risk management approaches to the highest valued goods/services and highlight gaps, with recommendations for how to manage those risks. 

Theoretical Justification, Social Benefit, or Significance:
As one of the largest and most innovative global packaging companies, Amcor has the power and potential to become a thought leader in post-consumer waste recovery and reuse. By providing a roadmap for incorporating post-consumer waste estimates into sustainability assessment reports as well as creating global metrics for potential waste recovery and reuse, we have the ability to help Amcor address negative social and environmental externalities from their operations. Additionally, natural capital risk assessment and valuation is key to controlling overuse, exploitation, and inefficiencies. As Amcor is a leading company, by helping this one company improve, this is an opportunity to help move the packaging industry as a whole.

Specific Activities & Duration
Research methodologies will include:

  • Desktop research of publicly available information and Amcor’s internal communications
  • Interviews with stakeholders including employees, management, suppliers, customers, and partner organizations such as World Food Programme, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ocean Conservancy,
  • and Earthwatch, and industry groups including Sustainable Packaging Coalition and APPR.
  • Life cycle assessment of flexible packaging
  • Natural capital valuation and risk assessment