Guidance

The scope of this KPI includes company-level activities for manufacturers that sell beauty and personal care products in the United States. Company-level activities for products sold in other regions are not to be considered.


Sales packaging materials for beauty and personal care products are included in the scope of this KPI.


For this KPI, the "stewardship list" is comprised of all of the chemicals on the following published lists:



These published lists have been referenced in public retailer chemical policies.  Where a chemical is accompanied by a specific route of exposure on these published lists and the exposure route is relevant to the product during consumer use or foreseeable misuse, then the chemical is relevant to this KPI.


Resources that can be used to identify and perform alternatives assessments on chemicals on the stewardship list include, but are not limited to, those listed in the Resources section.


Note:  BPC participants did not reach agreement regarding the use of the stewardship list for assessing product sustainability. Retailers will independently score Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) #3 and #5 under the human health cluster.


Resources

BizNGO Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol:  This protocol provides a decision framework that can be used to identify chemicals of concern and effectively choose economically viable alternatives that have reduced impact on human health and the environment.


GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals:  GreenScreen is a "Chemical Hazard Assessment" method that can be used to identify chemicals of high concern and determine safer alternatives.  The tool was developed and is administered by Clean Production Action.


Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability:  The Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability provides metrics and a framework for businesses on the relative sustainability of packaging.


EPA - Safer Choice, Alternatives Assessments:  EPA developed the Safer Choice program in which companies can voluntarily participate by researching and reformulating their product to meet Safer Choice standards in order to earn the Safer Choice Label on their products.  Safer Choice uses alternatives testing to encourage industry to move to safer alternatives, complement regulatory action by showing that safer and higher functioning alternatives are available, or point out the limitations to chemical substitution for a particular use.


Definitions

Goals:  Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.


Informed substitution:  Informed substitution implies that factors such as cost and performance, technical feasibility, life cycle impacts, economic and social accountability, and potential to result in lasting change have been taken into consideration to ensure that substitutes and the final product are safer based on their health and environmental profiles (adapted from United States Environmental Protection Agency Design for Environment Program Alternative Assessment information).


Public disclosure:  Voluntary corporate reporting, sustainability reporting programs, or reporting as part of regulatory compliance.


Sales packaging:  "Packaging with which the consumer leaves a store," as defined by GPPS 2.0.



Note:  BPC participants did not reach agreement regarding the use of the stewardship list for assessing product sustainability. Retailers will independently score Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) #3 and #5 under the human health cluster.