Integrating ESG into decision making and business strategies contributes to an effective due diligence and a better investment decision for the company as well as relevant stakeholders. Companies which are focused on the kitchenware industry have been disclosing ESG data and strategies.
The industry has been growing due to rapid urbanization and increasing population. Companies have been focusing on innovation like smart kitchens which are eco friendly. Product quality and safety is another area of interest for many consumers who are inquisitive of certain safety certificates. Along with this, hazardous materials compliance like BPA free products have been preferred by consumers. Companies are also focusing on eliminating packaging waste by introducing sustainable or circular packaging. Companies also provide training and development procedures also to maintain sustainable practices in a kitchen.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) is a comprehensive framework that helps companies in this market obtain a perspective on the impact of their products and operations on ESG parameters.
The main ESG trends fall under both environmental and social aspects for this segment. The companies are focusing onproduct innovation (SDG 9- Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), for example one the companies have committed on using sustainably sourced material for their product and have introduced Eco straw which are made up of circular polymers. Circular polymers are made by process of mixed single-use plastic waste that was destined for disposal, breaking it down to its molecular level and recreating it into a high-quality food grade plastic. It is first material aligned with commitment to address the global challenge of single-use plastic waste. Companies are also introducing circularity and sustainable packaging measures, one of the companies certifies around 96% of products are circular in nature. In addition to this, companies have made a commitment to use recycled eco-friendly airbags instead of non- recyclable polystyrene. As most of end users or consumers are bothered about product quality and safety, companies have their commitment for ISO 9001:2015 alongside other safety certificates like Bisphenol A(BPA) free which is chemical used in production of polycarbonate products and can mimic action of estrogen level with sufficient dose. Along with this companies are also certified with legislation like Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACh) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) which are intended for chemical and hazardous substances legislation.
This segment faces various challenges; starting with compliance regulation companies must have certification which might be affordable considering all products. Auditing and certifying products with certificates mentioned is also a time-consuming process too. Legislation like IS 14756: 2000 for stainless steel and schedule 4 as per Food and safety standard is a mandatory requirement for kitchen utensils. Even though companies have focused on minimizing non-recyclable materials like polystyrene and polycarbonates, there is prevailing use of such materials in the market which have negative environmental impact. Companies must focus on ergonomic aspects along with the design due various hazards it could cause to users, for example sharp edges can cause cuts, pressure valve issues can even cause severe injury or even fatality. Innovation must include ergonomics and minimize hazards with design and material changes.
Overall, the Kitchenware market is having a promising future due rapid urbanization, increasing number of households and migration to different places. Moreover, the kitchenware market has been implementing different innovative and sustainable solutions which have significant impact for growth and stability of the company in the market. The company had a market cap of 62 billion by 2018 and expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 5% by 2025 on a global level.
• Scavolini S.p.a
• Kenwood Limited
• TTK Prestige Ltd.
• Whirlpool Corp.
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