Your company should address the toxic substances found in your products as part of your sustainability efforts!
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Addressing the above in a cost effective and efficient manner allows your company to utilize the resources within to create and enhance your 'environmental and social stories' in order to determine the right priorities. It is often the better long term strategy to go beyond emissions and metrics and look for unconventional partnerships with your suppliers and customers.
Do you need to know what REACH substances are found in your products? Your company is likely sending conflict minerals reports to your customers from expensive due diligence of your supply chain. Do you know that other regions, like the EU, are adding minerals and new conflict areas to be surveyed? I'm working with multiple industry leaders to assure common data fields and similarities across formats so that it is possible to gather data from lower supplier tiers (i.e. raw material manufacturers). Your company may benefit from the knowledge of an expert who has over 30 years experience with deep supply chains and environmental topics for the 'durable goods' industries. Compliance, of course, but also anticipating next moves:
I can answer most of your questions and work with you to help adjust or create the systems within your company to deal with these top sustainability issues. If you are looking for a turnkey solution, we can partner with groups from wounded vets to non-profits or established software solutions to find the right mix for your company.
Brenda B. Baney
Product Stewardhip Expert
Brenda is one of the true experts on supply chain compliance, with extensive experience designing and administering programs in both a large corporate environment and as a consultant. When it comes to separating the wheat from the chaff, she is wheat!
Michael R. Littenberg
ROPES & GRAY LLP
Your Corporate Responsibility concerns
Today's Top 3
1.New California Prop 65 list and requirements
The Prop 65 list contains over 900 substances that if harmful exposure cannot be excluded may make your products subject to labeling them as carcinogenic or having reproductive toxins within.
On Oct 26th, California added soluble nickel to the Prop 65 list, and although it doesn't begin enforcement for one year, there may be implications for product safety labeling. Oral exposure was added to the inhalation exposures with previously only manufacturing issues falling in scope.
2.EU Conflict Minerals Legislation Approved!
On January 24, 2017, the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee approved the text of the conflict minerals regulation submitted following the three-way trilogue negotiations that were completed on November 22, 2016. Now, the International Trade Committee is expected to refer the legislation to the European Parliament’s plenary for a formal adoption. That formal adoption is likely to occur at the mid-February plenary session.
3.Effective strategies for assessing up-coming substance/material bans
Industry substance lists and other items like above will drive requirements down the supply chain for assessing, substituting, and reporting of hazardous substances found in products and components.
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Did You Know?
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2576 to reform the Toxics Substances Control Act. June 22, 2016 Reforming TSCA which has essentially remained unchanged since its passage in 1976.
How will the Trump presidency
Chemical companies have shown
support for reform for years!
Over 50% of firms expect the cost of expert compliance staff to rise in 2018. Thomas Reueters Special Report
The EU REACH Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern is now over 191 distinct chemicals!
and continues to grow!
Learn how to address your
companies current product
environmental problems and develop strategies to handle what's next!
Does your supply chain management team understand the risks of mineral and raw material availability on your production?
What about improving the connections between Engineering, Purchasing, and Sales to assure all customer requirements are being addressed and communicated properly?
Determine your cost of compliance and reduce it with a more efficient process
Make sure your company is addressing all relavent legislation
Understand your current customers' specifications fully in order to prepare to handle new requirements and new customers
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I'm looking forward to working with your company on it's product stewardship challenges.