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.

The stewardship list is comprised of the following lists which describe the conditions under which the identified chemicals can or cannot be used. If a chemical on a stewardship list is listed with a qualifying statement on production, exposure, or threshold, the statement should be considered for this KPI.

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.

  • For B, the program may be internal to an organization but must measure the chemical footprint as defined by the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP).
  • For C, the external program must measure the chemical footprint of the organization and must be multi-stakeholder (including representatives from government or NGO as well as industry) with transparent methodology and include actors from across the supply chain (raw material suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers).


Clean Production Action - Chemical Footprint Project:  The Chemical Footprint Project™ (CFP), an initiative of Clean Production Action (CPA), has developed a tool to track and benchmark corporate activities to include safer chemicals in consumer products. The CFP survey also covers chemical selection at the manufacturing and supply chain phases and tracks progress according to four major elements: Management Strategy, Chemical Inventory, Footprint Measurement, and Public disclosure and Verification.


Chemical footprint: Defined by the Chemical Footprint Project™ as the total mass of chemicals sold by a company, used in its manufacturing operations and by its suppliers, and contained in packaging that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to reproduction (CMR);
  • Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substance (PBT);
  • Any other chemical for which there is scientific evidence of probable serious effects to human health or the environment that give rise to an equivalent level of concern (for example, an endocrine disruptor or neurotoxicant); or
  • A chemical whose breakdown products result in a [chemical] that meets any of the above criteria. 

The Chemical Footprint Project™ provides other specific guidance that can be used to identify chemicals that meet these criteria.

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