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Financial Impacts of Climate Change and Water Scarcity on Asia’s Food and Beverage Sector

This report identifies the potential financial impacts arising from climate change and water scarcity on the food and beverage sector in South and Southeast Asia.

Key Findings

Executive Summary

This report identifies the potential financial impacts arising from climate change and water scarcity on the publicly listed companies in the USD1 $40 billion food and beverage (F&B) sector in South and Southeast Asia. It focuses on domestic companies that process and package foods and non-alcoholic beverages in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The report examines the potential impact of climate change and water scarcity on three key value drivers (agricultural inputs, operating efficiency, and reputation) for each of the seven most important F&B subsectors — aquaculture, beverages, confectionary, dairy/poultry, edible oils, starches, and sugar.

This report offers a road map for analysts and investors seeking to factor environmental trends and their potential financial impacts into their assessments of companies’ strategic positioning in this sector and region.

In a case study, HSBC examines the financial implications of climate change and water scarcity on an Indian sugar company, Balrampur Chini Mills.

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