“A company’s chemical footprint is more than just the mass of chemicals used, it is how a company selects the chemicals it uses, protects workers, and communicates with suppliers and customers,” explained Martin Wolf of Seventh Generation. “The Chemical Footprint Project’s assessment tool systematically explores each of these aspects of a company’s chemical footprint.”
"Beautycounter's mission is to get safe products into everyone's hands, so carefully evaluating potential ingredients and materials are core to our business and our purpose,” explained Mia Davis. “We look forward to helping to advance CFP as a measure for improving business decisions, supply chain transparency, and ultimately, as a way to ensure people have access to safer products."
“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,” said Jane Abernethy of Humanscale.
“CFP provides the definitive tool for measuring overall corporate chemical management performance,” noted Barry Cik of Naturepedic. “We look forward to its widespread use in the furnishings sector where a credible, third party benchmarking of chemical performance is missing, yet needed.”
“The Chemical Footprint Project gives companies across all industries tools to evaluate their progress in reducing Chemicals of High Concern and proactively identify opportunities for further action,” highlighted Joyce Taylor of the Hewlett-Packard Company. “For HP, the footprint tool uses a standardized scoring methodology that gives our customers another way to engage with us and our products and enables HP to continue to create solutions that reduce environmental impact.
“The Chemical Footprint Project pilot gave us the tool and framework to conduct a robust self-assessment that will be instrumental in the forward progression of our sustainable chemistry policy,” said Nicole Koharik from GOJO. “As a company founded on providing safer solutions to clean hands, we are greatly benefiting from the rich dialogue our CFP pilot participation is generating internally and externally regarding optimal strategies for providing the safest, most effective products for human health and the environment.”
Issues for Brands and Manufacturers
- Consumers care about health: Study after study shows that consumers value products that are safer for themselves and their families.
- Responsible investors want chemical footprint data, which is a critical missing piece in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) assessments.
- Retailers and institutional purchasers want chemical footprint data to recognize and reward suppliers for doing well.
- Toxic chemicals cause health related diseases:
- 3% of developmental disabilities
- 5% of childhood cancer
- 10% of diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease and neuro-developmental disabilities
- 10% of children’s neurobehavioral disorders
- 30% of childhood asthma
- Until CFP, brands and manufacturers lacked the means to publicly demonstrate -- using an independent, third party based tool -- their overall chemical management performance.
- Creates a clear, common logic for communicating, evaluating, and measuring corporate chemical management performance.
- Provides easy to use results: CFP will provide brands with data that readily enables benchmarking chemical management performance relative to industry peers.
- Enables companies to mark where they’ve made progress, to mark where they can make progress, and to set goals to make further progress. CFP evaluates chemicals management on four measures:
- Management Strategy: corporate policies for chemicals management.
- Chemical Inventory: what suppliers know about chemicals in products and manufacturing.
- Progress Measurement: how suppliers assess chemicals, whether they select safer alternatives, and their overall progress in reducing toxic chemical use.
- Public Disclosure: how much information suppliers release to the public about chemicals in their products and their overall chemicals management practices
- Identifies opportunities for improving performance: brands and manufacturers use the survey for self-assessment, identifying areas in chemical management policies and practices for improvement.
- Supports brands and manufacturers to gain overall, internal alignment in development and implementation of chemical management policies and practices.
- Empowers brands and manufacturers to request chemical footprint data from their suppliers.
- Enables brands and manufacturers to recognize and reward suppliers for doing well.
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
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
We see the Chemical Footprint Project enabling us to quickly recognize and reward suppliers for doing what matters most to us in health care, which is implementing systems to ensure their products and supply chains use safe and healthy chemical ingredients
- Vanessa Lochner , Kaiser Permanente
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.