Safer Chemicals

Corporate Chemicals Policies

BizNGO Chemicals Policy Template

The BizNGO Chemicals Work Group has developed a Chemicals Policy Template for Brands and Manufacturers. The Policy Template, which builds from EDF’s Model Chemicals Policy for Retailers of Formulated Products, is designed to help brands and manufacturers that are developing or strengthening their chemicals policies. It aligns with the Chemical Footprint Project Survey questions and provides examples and resources from a range of companies.

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BizNGO Chemicals Policy Template for Brands and Manufacturers

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1. Intent +

(Chemical Footprint Project Survey responders, see question M1)

At <company name>, we aim to manufacture high-performing products made with chemicals and materials that do not harm human health or the environment. The purpose of this policy is to direct (company’s) actions toward meeting this intention.

  • What: This statement is the articulation of your company’s aspiration
  • Why: It sets expectations that will drive internal decision making and execution

2. Scope  

(Chemical Footprint Project responders, see question M1)

This policy applies to + (select some or all of the following) <all products sold, licensed, or distributed by all business units,> <all raw materials, ingredients, components, or contaminants of our products, > <our manufacturing processes,> + <our supply chain,> <our facilities,> + <and packaging for our products.>

  • What: The scope defines which aspects of your company, including products and/or processes are covered by the policy.
  • Why: This delineation helps staff and suppliers determine if they are impacted and what their responsibilities are in regard to the policy

3. Supply Chain Knowledge

(Chemical Footprint Project Survey responders, see questions I3 and I4)

To make informed decisions about chemicals use, we must have information on the chemicals used in manufacturing our products +. We therefore will prefer those suppliers that disclose full chemical ingredient information + by date +. Suppliers must demonstrate that chemicals restricted by our company are not present over identified thresholds.

  • What: A supply chain transparency goal clearly articulates your approach to gaining greater insight into the ingredients in the products you manufacture.
  • Why: Better knowledge of your supply chain + enables you to identify potential risks; set, measure, and achieve safer chemical goals; and effectively communicate product ingredient information to customers.

4. Safer chemistry

(Chemical Footprint Project Survey responders, see questions M1 and F4)

Our goal is to manufacture products that perform effectively and use the safest available chemicals and materials across the life cycle of our products. To reach this goal, we will identify and reduce the use of chemicals of high concern +, and work to replace them with safer alternatives +.

  • What: This goal articulates your approach to delivering effective products while eliminating hazardous chemicals and materials and assuring the use of safer ones.
  • Why: This step distinguishes those companies who go beyond talking the talk and make real, measurable progress towards safer products.

5. Informed Consumers

(Chemical Footprint Project Survey responders, see question D1)

Our goal is to maintain consumer confidence in the products we sell by providing meaningful and easily accessible product composition information. +

  • What: Consumers have readily available access to product information that is comprehensive, understandable, and meaningful.
  • Why: Disclosure enables informed purchase decisions and builds consumer confidence, trust, and loyalty.

6. Public Commitment +

(Chemical Footprint Project Survey responders, see question F1)

We will set annual objectives for safer chemical use and be transparent about our objectives. We will make this policy available to the public and publicly report on our progress in annual status reports. We follow a philosophy of continuous improvement and will update our objectives as we meet specified milestones. +