The Framework has been applauded by representatives from a range of companies, industry associations, government agencies and non-governmental organizations, including:
- Industry Associations: American Chemistry Council’s Nanotechnology Panel; NanoBusiness Alliance; Nanotechnology Industries Association; European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance in Europe
- Corporations: DuPont; General Electric; Procter & Gamble; Intel; Nanostellar; Lloyd’s; ICF International
- Government Organizations: U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Environmental Council of the States; European Union; European Community
- Non-Governmental Organizations: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Woodrow Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies; Safety of Nanomaterials Interdisciplinary Research Centre; International Risk Governance Council
More important than citations, accolades and distribution, of course, is the degree to which the Nano Risk Framework has actually changed practices in the workplace. As the examples below demonstrate, companies influenced by the framework range in size from huge conglomerates to tiny startups, span a wide variety of industries from consumer goods to aerospace and span the value chain from R&D to suppliers to retailers.
Companies have used the Framework in a variety of ways. Some companies have implemented the Framework exactly as designed, working through the Framework’s base sets and producing “Output Worksheets” for specific materials and products. Other companies have incorporated elements of the Framework into their existing practices, updating their own processes with specific details from the Framework. And other companies have reviewed and referenced the Framework as a benchmark as they develop or update their own corporate policies.
- Implementers: DuPont, Nanostellar, and University of Massachusetts Lowell have all demonstrably used the Framework on materials and products, producing “Output Worksheets” that they’ve shared with EDF, their customers and, in the case of DuPont, EPA and the public.
- Incorporators: GE, Procter & Gamble, Lockheed Martin, and Lloyd’s all report that they’ve incorporated the Framework into their own practices – for example by adapting the Framework into questionnaires for suppliers or, in the case of Lloyd’s, for potential insurance customers that are engaged in nanotechnology.
- Benchmarkers: Glaxo Smith Kline, Intel, Havi/Perseco, Wal-Mart and Unidym have all reviewed the Framework to consider how their own practices compare. Glaxo Smith Kline publicly references the Framework as a “best practice” in their corporate nanotechnology policy.