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    The GC3 Issues Retailer Statement on Chemical Innovation Priorities and Transparency Roadmap

    Time:2019-06-04 09:10:40  Source:  Author:

    Retailers face ever-increasing consumer demands for safer chemical ingredients in the products they sell. Global government regulation of chemicals in consumer products is also accelerating. In May 2018, Verdantix research identified tightening chemical restrictions throughout the world, concentrating in Europe and individual states in the US, but also emerging across APAC and developing countries. This is a key driver for retailers and brands to remove chemicals of concern from the products they manufacture and source.

    Given these global trends, the GC3 Retailer Leadership Council was formed in 2013 to promote safer chemicals, materials and products across retail supply and value chains. From 2014-16, the GC3 Retailer Leadership Council engaged in a structured dialogue, facilitated by the GC3, with five major chemical manufacturers. The Joint Statement identifies how retailers, brands and chemical suppliers can work effectively in their respective organizations to accelerate the commercialization of safer chemical alternatives.

    The release of today’s Retailer Statement on Chemical Innovation Priorities and Transparency Roadmap builds on that earlier work, helping implement several key elements of the Joint Statement, including goal setting and transparency. Although each participating retailer has a different product assortment and therefore a different set of priorities for safer chemistry, the GC3 Retailer Leadership Council has now collectively identified a set of chemical function and application priorities for innovation in safer alternatives. “This work sends a clear demand signal to the supply chain, focusing on chemical functions -- such as plasticizers, surfactants and flame retardants – and articulating where innovation is needed,” said GC3 Executive Director Joel Tickner. “The Transparency Road Map, a critical starting point to understanding chemical innovation needs, outlines both best practices in the short-term (2019–20) and includes a longer-term vision that will need further development by all GC3 stakeholders.”

    According to GC3 Retailer Leadership Council member Paul Ellis, Head of Chemicals Management at UK-based building products retailer Kingfisher, “Our supply chains are diverse, complex and located across the globe, heightening the complications of managing chemicals in our supply chain. Our biggest challenge is achieving transparency on which chemicals are present in our products. It’s also a challenge for our suppliers as they receive differing requirements from their various customers. This is why we very much welcome this collaboration among like-minded retailers of the GC3 Retailer Leadership Council to achieve fuller ingredient transparency.


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