The Chemical Footprint Project Survey: 20 questions and response options
The Survey is organized into four key performance categories: management strategy, chemical inventory, footprint measurement, and public disclosure and verification.
Management Strategy (20 points)
M1. Does your company have a chemicals policy that aims to avoid chemicals of high concern (CoHCs)? (4 points)
M2. Does your company have a chemicals policy that in addition to avoiding CoHCs includes an explicit preference for the use of safer alternatives? (4 points)
M3. Is reducing CoHCs and/or advancing safer alternatives beyond regulatory requirements integrated into your company’s business strategy? (4 points)
M4. How does your company advocate externally for the use of safer chemicals? (4 points)
M5. What means of accountability does your company have in place to ensure implementation of your chemicals policy? In documentation, include the title and description of responsibilities for the highest ranking person in the company responsible for chemicals management. (4 points)
Chemical Inventory (30 points)
I1. What steps has your company taken to manage legally restricted CoHCs? (5 points)
I2. What actions does your company take to develop a Beyond Restricted Substances List and determine their presence in your products? (5 points)
I3. What chemical information does your company collect from suppliers? (5 points)
I4. For what percentage of products sold by your company do you collect full chemical ingredient information? (5 points)
I5. What capabilities does your company have for managing data on chemical ingredients in its products? In documentation, include a description of your data system. (5 points)
I6. How does your company assure conformance with your chemicals policy? (5 points)
Footprint Measurement (30 points)
F1. Has your company set goals for reducing CoHCs in the products you sell and measured progress toward these goals? (2 points)
F2. How does your company measure its baseline chemical footprint? (8 points)
F3. Over the past two years how much have intentionally added CoHCs in your products
changed? (6 points)
F4. How does your company assess the hazards of chemicals in its products beyond regulatory requirements? In documentation, include a description of your hazard assessment system or tool. (6 points)
F5. How does your company encourage the use of safer alternatives to CoHCs? (6 points)
Public Disclosure and Verification (20 points)
D1. What information does your company disclose about the chemical ingredients in its products? (8 points)
D2. Does your company agree to publicly disclose its responses to the CFP Survey? (3 points)
D3. Does your company agree to publicly disclose its score on the CFP website? (5 points)
D4. Have any of your company’s responses to the Survey questions been verified
by an independent third party? (4 points)
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.
- Richard Liroff, Investor Environmental Health Network
Companies need to know the chemicals in their products and supply chains, and be able to benchmark their performance. CFP offers a new and welcomed option for companies to make progress in these efforts.
- Sarah Vogel, Environmental Defense Fund
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.
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
Hazardous chemicals “present reputational, regulatory, and reformulation risks across a broad range of industry sectors. Investors need to understand how companies are meaningfully managing these risks.”