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Carbon and water footprints, along with other measures of environmental impact, are often incorporated into corporate social responsibility or sustainability reports. Many companies now make this information public in response to increasing demands for transparency from shareholders and consumers.5 Some tools currently exist for companies to incorporate chemicals into corporate sustainability analysis as well, but methods of reporting vary from company to company. Until recently there has been no single industry-wide metric—no chemical footprint. …”
For an excellent overview of how chemical footprinting fits into the larger footprinting movement, download the article about the Chemical Footprint Project featured in Environmental Health Perspectives.