Perspectives: From the Editor

Use of Safer Chemicals Gets New Scrutiny

Inaugural survey aims to provide a benchmark for tracking specific companies’ progress

By Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
Jun 3, 2016

In May, the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP), Somerville, Mass., issued the first of what it expects to become annual reports that provide a quantitative assessment of the performance of companies in dealing with hazardous chemicals in their products and supply chains — what it calls the “chemical footprint” of each firm. The report does not focus on chemical makers but rather on downstream companies in sectors including apparel, consumer durables, food and beverages, household products, and healthcare equipment and services. A total of 24 firms — including Clorox, Johnson & Johnson, Kyocera, Levi Strauss and Shaw Industries — participated in the initial survey.

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