Chemical Footprint Project
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The Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) provides a metric to benchmark corporate chemicals management and publicly recognize companies that are leaders in reducing the use of chemicals of high concern. The CFP Assessment Tool asks companies about whether they have a systems approach to chemicals management and offers a way to measure progress towards this end.
What Is Evaluated?
- Ecological health
- Human health
- Social responsibility
- Materials efficiency
- Energy use
The Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) measures corporate chemicals management performance by evaluating how companies answer questions in the following categories:
- Management Strategy: the scope of corporate chemical policies and their integration into business strategy, leadership accountability and employee incentives for safer chemical use, as well as support of public policies for safer chemicals.
- Chemical Inventory: a company’s level of knowledge about the chemicals used by its suppliers in products, components, and manufacturing processes; and its systems for managing chemical data and ensuring supplier compliance with its reporting requirements.
- Footprint Measurement: the goals set to reduce chemicals of high concern, progress in establishing a baseline Chemical Footprint and reducing chemicals of high concern, and the degree to which alternatives are assessed, identified and implemented. Chemical Footprint is defined as the total mass of chemicals of high concern (CoHCs) in products sold by a company, used in its manufacturing operations and by its suppliers, and contained in packaging. CoHCs are defined on the CFP web site at: https://www.chemicalfootprint.org/learn
- Public Disclosure and Verification: whether a company publically discloses the chemicals in its products, whether it discloses participation in CFP and its answers to the Assessment Tool questions, and whether the answers have been independently verified by a third party.
The Assessment Tool allocates a total of 100 points across 20 questions. Question-specific scores are added to give a company a total score.
See more details here: https://www.chemicalfootprint.org/assess/assessment-tool
Companies must complete the CFP Assessment Tool questionnaire and provide documentation to verify answers. The tool is designed to be completed annually.
There is no cost for participation in the CFP.
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