Perspectives: From the Editor

Group Issues Guide to Sustainability Metrics

Document specifically targets life-cycle assessment of chemical products

By MARK ROSENZWEIG, Editor in Chief

In early October, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva, published a guide to help chemical industry customers and other stakeholders compare on a common and sensible basis the environmental footprint of chemical products. WBCSD’s membership consists of around 200 global companies, including BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Eastman and Shell, with combined revenue exceeding $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees.

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings January 2010: Trade Shows Require Rethinking

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings January 2009 : How Should Industry Tackle Threats?

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings February 2010: We Need Another A.C. Gilbert

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings February 2009: Convince A Child To Explore Engineering

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings April 2010: Sustainability Proves Its Worth

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