INVITATION: Forum on Safer Chemicals in Products

Join leaders from businesses, environmental organizations and governments for a one-day, in-depth forum on safer chemicals in products. Learn how leading businesses are moving to safer chemicals in products and hear NGO perspectives on policies that can support that movement.

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Invitation to the 2nd Annual Business and NGO Policy Forum
Safer Chemicals in Products: Changing Markets and Policies
June 9, 2011
Washington, D.C.


The Safer Chemicals in Products forum will gather leaders from businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments to find common ground in the movement to use inherently safer chemicals in products. We will:
• Learn how business leaders are moving to safer chemicals: the tools, methods and programs they are adopting to transform product design.
• Discuss the needs of downstream users, including the need for better data, transparency in the supply chain and safer alternatives.
• Hear NGO perspectives on how chemicals policy reform can support the needs of downstream users of chemicals.
• Identify how public policy initiatives, such as the Toxic Substances Control Act reform, can support leading business initiatives and harmonize with existing regulations.

Speakers include …

• Kathy Gerwig, Vice President, Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente
• Roger McFadden, Vice President, Staples
• Helen Holder, Corporate Materials Selection Manager, Hewlett-Packard
• Clive Davies, Chief, Design for the Environment Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• Andy Igrejas, National Campaign Director, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
• Robin Guenther, Principal, Perkins+Will
• Howard Williams, Vice President, Construction Specialties
• Mike Belliveau, Executive Director, Environmental Health Strategy Center
• Jason Saft, Manager, Vendor Programs, Becton Dickinson
• Jill Dumain, Director of Environmental Strategy, Patagonia [invited]
• Ben Dunham, Legislative Assistant and Counsel, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg

Topics include …

• Advancing Safer Chemicals through Purchasing: Best Practices
• Methods and Tools for Identifying Safer Chemicals
• Managing Chemicals in Products as a Manufacturer of Articles
• Modernizing our Flawed Chemical Safety System: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform
• Safe Chemicals Act of 2011: Legislative Update