Dow’s answer to Walmart

Well Dow didn’t respond directly to Walmart’s Sustainability Product Index announcement but this press release seemed to me an answer that they can rise to Walmart’s supplier challenge with their Product Safety Assessment review.

The company said these product assessments are publicly available, written in non-technical language (about darn time!) and covering topics such as basic hazards, risk and risk management, so consumers will have access to general information about chemical products or product families.

Dow said 60% of their high-priority compounds are listed in their Product Safety Assesment, well ahead of the industry’s average of 26% of high-priority compounds that today have a publicly available summary.

“In 2006, Dow was the first chemical company to make non-technical language summaries of our product safety assessments accessible to the public,” said Greg Bond, corporate director of Product Responsibility. “We now have 200 PSAs published and are expanding the scope of our 2015 goal with the addition of Rohm and Haas businesses and products.”

By the way, ICIS Chemical Business (the company I work for) asked the American Chemistry Council (ACC) about their response to Walmart’s sustainability initiative. The ACC said they are looking forward to working with Walmart as they develop the Sustainable Product Index.

You can check out the article here, which will also be published in the magazine next week.

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PS

I’m trying to get my stuff in order so I can go back to blogging after my trip to Montreal covering the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing event. Apologize for the sparse blog but I have lots of information from the BIO event coming soon!

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek from BIO’s own blog about one of the session I attended: Succinic acid.

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