Knowledge, transparency and cooperation.
For more joint action.

POLYPROBLEM is an action program by the non-profit Röchling Foundation and the consulting firm Wider Sense. It is designed to further transparency and joint action in the field of plastics and the environment.

… brings transparency to a very confusing global challenge.
… gathers ideas and resources.
… contributes to making the best innovations for a plastic-free environment ready for the market.
… helps to systematically disseminate the most effective solutions.
… puts research into practice.

Twice a year, POLYPROBLEM publishes a report on the latest developments and most pressing issues concerning the topic “plastics and the environment”. Researched and put together with experts from science and practice.

In expert workshops, excursions and webinars, actors from companies, civil society organisations, science and politics share their knowledge and develop joint approaches to solutions.

In addition, POLYPROBLEM actively brings initiators together with sponsors in order to accelerate the dissemination and upscaling of effective solutions.

The Initiators


The Röchling Foundation is dedicated to the topic of plastics and the environment. It supports both research projects and civil society initiatives that contribute to the responsible use of plastics in the sense of a sustainable circular management. The Röchling Foundation does not refer to itself as a funding partner, but is primarily interested in establishing new, cross-sector cooperations and networks.

The Foundation also initiates its own activities that contribute to a holistic understanding and integrated solutions to the global challenge of plastics and the environment.

The Röchling Foundation was established in 1990 by the Röchling family of entrepreneurs. The family also owns the Röchling Group, which is one of the leading international suppliers of high-performance plastics for automotive engineering, industrial applications and medical technology.


WIDER SENSE advises foundations, companies and the public sector on corporate social responsibility (CSR), philanthropy and social investments. We support the development and implementation of innovative and effective programs with strategic consultancy and mentoring. Together with our clients, we shape social change in key topics such as social justice, education, democracy, human rights and sustainability. With an international reach and a multidisciplinary team, WIDER SENSE has collaborated with over 100 clients on projects in over 30 countries and directly influenced social change funds amounting to over 100 million euros. WIDER SENSE has been a Certified B Corporation since May 2015.