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ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Market Sustainability:Market Sustainability:
Retailer InitiativesRetailer Initiatives
Cal Baier...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Opportunities for Engagement toOpportunities for Engagement...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Chemical Production &Chemical Production &
ManagementManage...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Formulator InitiativesFormulator Initiatives
• Self Certifi...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Consumer FocusConsumer Focus
• Avoidance lists
• Web-based ...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Avoidance ListsAvoidance Lists
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Shopping GuidesShopping Guides
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
EDF Supports Retailer InitiativesEDF Supports Retailer Init...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Multi-stakeholder ProcessMulti-stakeholder Process
• Retail...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Third Party ReviewThird Party Review
• Protects everyone
– ...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Defining Safer ChemicalsDefining Safer Chemicals
• Compare ...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
ChallengesChallenges
• Finding common ground regarding
crit...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
How Much Science is Sufficient?How Much Science is Sufficie...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
TransparencyTransparency
• Increases
confidence
• Builds re...
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
Opportunities for CollaborationOpportunities for Collaborat...
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EDF: Market Sustainability: Retailer Initiatives

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Presented by Cal Baier-Anderson at the GlobalChem conference.

More information at http://blogs.edf.org/innovation/2009/04/29/into-the-lions-den-an-enviro-at-globalchem/

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  1. 1. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Market Sustainability:Market Sustainability: Retailer InitiativesRetailer Initiatives Cal Baier-Anderson, PhD Senior Health Scientist
  2. 2. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Opportunities for Engagement toOpportunities for Engagement to Enhance SustainabilityEnhance Sustainability Consumer Demand Retail Product Formulation Chemical Production & Management
  3. 3. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Chemical Production &Chemical Production & ManagementManagement • Regulatory Mechanisms – Toxic Substances Control Act – Kid Safe Chemicals Act • Voluntary Mechanisms – High Production Volume Challenge Program – Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program – ChAMP • Challenges to both approaches
  4. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Formulator InitiativesFormulator Initiatives • Self Certification • Third Party Certification • EPA’s Design for the Environment
  5. 5. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Consumer FocusConsumer Focus • Avoidance lists • Web-based shopping guides • New trends
  6. 6. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Avoidance ListsAvoidance Lists
  7. 7. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Shopping GuidesShopping Guides
  8. 8. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives
  9. 9. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives EDF Supports Retailer InitiativesEDF Supports Retailer Initiatives • Provide products made with less hazardous chemicals • Reduce waste handling costs • Address consumer concerns • Downstream benefits for both environmental and human health
  10. 10. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Multi-stakeholder ProcessMulti-stakeholder Process • Retailer • Suppliers • Formulators • Trade groups • Consumer groups • Environmental groups
  11. 11. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Third Party ReviewThird Party Review • Protects everyone – Trade secrets and CBI – Retailer confidence – Consumer confidence
  12. 12. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Defining Safer ChemicalsDefining Safer Chemicals • Compare like products • Identify known “bad actor” chemicals • Identify chemicals of emerging concern • Promote use of safer alternatives based on data comparison
  13. 13. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives ChallengesChallenges • Finding common ground regarding criteria • Availability of publically accessible tox data • Virtually no exposure information • Simplifying complex information
  14. 14. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives How Much Science is Sufficient?How Much Science is Sufficient? No InformationNo Information CompleteComplete InformationInformation PrecautionaryPrecautionary DecisionsDecisions Evidence-BasedEvidence-Based DecisionsDecisions
  15. 15. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives TransparencyTransparency • Increases confidence • Builds relationships
  16. 16. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Opportunities for CollaborationOpportunities for Collaboration • Business NGO Work Group: http:// www.busngoworkgroup.org/about.php • GC3: http:// greenchemistryandcommerce.org/home.php • TURI: http://www.turi.org/
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