ICCA’s Value Chain Outreach (VCO) Task Force aims to improve communication among the chemical value chain on how to manage and use chemicals safely throughout their production, transport, use and disposal – known as a chemical’s life cycle.

The chemical industry’s value chain is made up of raw material suppliers; distributors; numerous manufacturing sectors that rely on chemicals including automotive, electronics, home furnishings, fashion and apparel and other durable goods; and even 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.

Our mission

ICCA’s VCO Taskforce helps value chain partners adopt a balanced, well-informed approach to chemicals management and product selection that is based on science, safety, life cycle considerations and performance.

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.

The ICCA website offers a host of resources to support members in communicating through the value chain. Full details are available on ICCA initiatives such as the Global Product Strategy; Product Stewardship Guidance; helpful documents such as ‘When it is time to Commission a Life Cycle Assessment’; the latest perspectives on the United Nations Chemicals in Products Programme; and up-to-date details about ICCA capacity building initiatives around the world.

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