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The Chemical Footprint Project Survey: 20 questions
The CFP Survey is designed to be completed by product manufacturers and brands, as well as by retailers. Retailers may choose to complete the Survey either from the perspective of a brand, looking only at their private label products, or from the perspective of a retailer, looking at both their private label products and products they sell from external manufacturers and brands.
The Survey is organized into four key performance categories: management strategy, chemical inventory, footprint measurement, and public disclosure and verification.
M1. Does your company have a chemicals policy that aims to avoid chemicals of high concern (CoHCs)?
M2. Does your company have a chemicals policy that, in addition to avoiding CoHCs, includes an explicit preference for the use of safer alternatives?
M3. Is reducing the use of CoHCs and advancing safer alternatives beyond regulatory requirements integrated into your company’s business strategy?
M4. How does your company advocate externally for the use of safer chemicals?
M5. What means of accountability does your company have in place to ensure implementation of your chemicals policy?
I1. What is the scope of chemicals of concern you restrict in your products and manufacturing processes?
I2. What actions does your company take to assure that its list of restricted substances beyond compliance is current and implemented effectively?
I3. What chemical information does your company collect from suppliers?
I4. For what percentage of products sold by your company do you collect full chemical ingredient information?
I5. What capabilities does your company have for managing data on chemical ingredients in its products?
I6. How does your company assure compliance with your chemicals policy?
F1. Has your company set goals for reducing CoHCs in the products you sell and measured progress toward these goals?
F2. How does your company measure its baseline chemical footprint?
F3. Over the past two years how much have intentionally added CoHCs in your products changed?
F4. How does your company assess the hazards of chemicals in its products beyond regulatory requirements?
F5. How does your company encourage the use of safer alternatives to CoHCs?
Public Disclosure and Verification
D1. What information does your company disclose about the chemical ingredients in its products?
D2. Does your company agree to publicly disclose its responses to the CFP Survey?
D3. Does your company agree to publicly disclose its score on the CFP website?
D4. Have any of your company’s responses to the Survey questions been verified by an independent third party?
Corporate performance in chemicals management varies widely, from barely being in compliance with regulations to capturing new markets through innovative products based on safer chemicals. We look forward to using a tool that rewards innovators for using safer substitutes.
- Sonja Haider, ChemSec
Participating in the Chemical Footprint Project pilot led us to develop a formal chemical policy that will be included on our website. Our chemicals policy and its successful implementation is the very heart of our company philosophy.
- Jessica Iclisoy , California Baby
The Chemical Footprint Project provides an independent, third party assessment tool that will help companies to think about how to fully integrate their policies into procedures and vice-versa.
- Jane Abernethy, Humanscale
CFP is a market differentiator and provides a competitive advantage for business leaders. This new tool will add a level of transparency and help companies mitigate reputational and regulatory risks and exploit opportunities afforded by moving to safer chemicals.
- Roger McFadden, Staples, Inc.
The Investor Environmental Health Network welcomes the launch of the Chemical Footprint Project. For too long chemicals and health have been missing pieces in Environmental Social Governance (ESG) assessments. Now we have a tool that investors can use to fill in this critical information.