For Brands and Manufacturers

“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.

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.

CFP Value

  • 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.