Health First Roadmap Preliminary Review - Category 1: Chemicals Management

In June 2018, we committed to following the Health First roadmap and are ready to share the preliminary results of our self-assessment.

The Health First Roadmap is published by Women’s Voices for the Earth and contains specific benchmarks for company performance in four categories:

  1. Chemicals Management
  2. Chemicals Assessment
  3. Disclosure/Transparency and
  4. Industry Collaboration.

We'll share more details about each of these categories over the next several weeks. First, we'll discuss Chemicals Management.

Health First Roadmap Category 1: Chemicals Management

Category: Chemicals Management

Current State: COMPLIANCE

 

 

Explanation for Current State

Our company was founded on the idea of making a product with better ingredients. This doesn’t automatically mean we are doing all we can do or that we are communicating this well to help our customers understand our ingredient selection processes. This self evaluation has helped us understand one area of needed improvement. Although we have great informal ingredient selection practices, this is not the same as having a published, publicly-shared policy that creates a company-wide standard.

In the case of chemicals management, our company and every team member is firmly committed to chemicals and product safety. We need to be more clear about this by issuing a formal policy regarding our approach. Without this formal policy in place and shared publicly, we are relying on individual decisions by our team regarding what ingredients are safe to use.

Specifically, the description for the benchmark of Compliance states that: 

Company has no written chemicals policy addressing its approach to reducing chemicals of high concern. Has not completed Chemical Footprint Project survey to assess its current approach to chemicals management or track current use of chemicals of high concern. (via womensvoices.org)

This is an accurate description of our current formal policy and our formal tracking of chemicals of high concern. Our goal is to avoid the use of such chemicals entirely, but to make sure we are actually doing that in practice, we should be relying on a formal policy and reporting system.

Next Steps:

We are currently working on next steps in this area and will report publicly on our progress. We expect to move from Compliance and further down the roadmap before the end of 2018.


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