Increasingly, consumers are seeking more detailed information from retailers and product manufacturers about the ingredients in the variety of products they use every day.

To address this, ICCA and its member associations are undertaking efforts to improve communications with retailers, product manufacturers and others along the chemical value chain on how to safely manage and use chemicals throughout their entire life cycle, from production, transport and use through eventual recycling or disposal.

The chemical industry’s value chain includes raw material suppliers, product formulators, distributors; numerous manufacturing sectors that rely on chemicals, including automotive, electronics, home furnishings, fashion and apparel and other durable goods; and the retail establishments that sell finished products to consumers. Every part of the value chain shares in the responsibility for prioritizing health, safety and environmental protection at each stage of the life cycle of chemicals – known as product stewardship.

ICCA Principles for Value Chain Outreach Communication

ICCA’s Principles for Value Chain Communication help reduce complexity, increase efficiency and promote product stewardship performance for industry’s value chain partners while also protecting confidential business information. These principles are consistent with the industry’s commitment to promote safe management of chemicals through ICCA’s Global Product Strategy.

Principles for Value Chain Outreach Communication

·         Make available all information required for the safe handling and use of products.

·         Encourage proactive communication between suppliers and customers at each step of a chemical’s life cycle about information such as human health hazards, risk consideration and environmental impacts to ensure chemicals are managed safely.

·         Take advantage of tools such as the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL) and international standards such as IEC62474 to increase awareness of and compliance with sound chemicals management practices among the value chain.

·         Engage in an open dialogue about our experiences using value chain communication tools.

·         Support the use of efficient communication tools, which ensure a secure exchange of information and are compatible with other processes.

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