Safer Ingredients Martin Wolf, Director of Product Sustainability & Authenticity

2012 Corporate Responsibility Report

American business leaders in signing BICEP’s “Climate Declaration.” Signatories view tackling climate change as one of America’s greatest economic opportunities and urge our nation to demonstrate the necessary leadership and sweeping vision to confront this challenge. Safer Ingredients Martin Wolf, Director of Product Sustainability & Authenticity “At the 2012 Safer Consumer Products Summit in California, I was struck by the range of knowledge the participating companies had about the ingredients in their products. One hardware manufacturer had no idea what was in his company’s products. Seventh Generation was at the other end of the spectrum with a proud tradition of ingredient disclosure and a refusal to use Chemicals of Concern (CoCs) in our products. “Inadequate industry action in the area of toxic substances use and ingredient disclosure is all the more concerning given the lack of strong federal legislation to control toxic chemicals. Ordinary consumer products contain hundreds of chemicals — only a few of which have been fully tested for safety. The law intended to address this, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, has long been insufficient. Seventh Generation has been working passionately for years to address this problem by supporting sound federal toxics control legislation, by working with our industry to promote ingredient disclosure and use of safer chemicals, and by educating consumers about toxics. “States such as California, Maine and Washington have acted where the federal government has not. State regulations on CoCs have resulted in some companies, such as the hardware manufacturer I mentioned, eliminating CoCs immediately, rather than waiting for federal action.” “At Seventh Generation, we have always sought to have influence greater than our size. This influence has been particularly evident in the transformation of our industry’s approach to ingredient disclosure and reduced use of chemicals of concern. While we have always disclosed ingredients on our product labels seventhgeneration.com/2012report   43 Transforming Commerce


2012 Corporate Responsibility Report
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