Industry leaders doubled down on safer ingredients in 2017 – here’s the list

In 2017, we saw a surge of commitments and action to disclose product ingredients to the public. Notably, more companies disclosed ingredients in cleaning products and fragrances — a major step towards greater transparency in a sector with little disclosure.

Retailer and brand commitments on safer ingredients are driven by a variety of factors, namely new state regulations and growing consumer demand for improved transparency and safer products. As more companies join the movement to set public commitments, we are encouraged that the trend will continue.

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To track transparency in the marketplace, we created a list of public commitments

At EDF+Business, we are working to remove chemicals of concern from the retail products we buy every day, and to enable a marketplace where all products are made with the safest possible chemicals for people and the planet. To track increasing transparency in the marketplace, we created a list of public commitments in the household cleaning and personal care product sectors. For our tally, we included only those commitments that are explicitly stated on the companies’ websites. This is important – consumers should be able to easily find ingredient listings and commitments.

Our tally includes companies that have made a declaration of:

  • Banned ingredients
  • Commitments on ingredient transparency
  • Commitments to phase out, ban, or restrict use of chemicals of concern

This is a living document and in no way an exhaustive list. We will continue to update it as more companies make new and improved commitments to be transparent about their ingredients.

Alissa Sasso, Project Manager, Supply Chain, EDF + Business

Going beyond compliance to industry leadership and safer innovation

Achieving industry leadership on safer chemicals goes beyond listing product ingredients or sharing a policy online. For certain ingredients that put consumers and the environment at risk, transparency isn’t enough. Setting science-based targets to identify these chemicals of concern and replacing them with safer alternatives will help your company move into a leadership role.

EDF’s Blueprint for Safer Chemicals in the Marketplace helps businesses establish policies that promote continuous improvement. And check out our rules for online disclosure to learn how to enhance customer understanding and make ingredient information more useful and accessible.

Related article:

Why businesses and state governments aren’t waiting for federal action on chemicals transparency

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