Global Product Strategy

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) launched the Global Product Strategy (GPS), in 2006,  to advance the product stewardship performance of individual companies and the global chemical industry as a whole. Together with the Responsible Care Global Charter , GPS is the chemical industry’s contribution to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The overall objective of this policy framework, initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is that by 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

The Global Product Strategy is based on 5 essential pillars:

  • Develop a base-set of hazard and exposure information to conduct  safety assessments for chemicals in commerce. 
  • Undertake global GPS capacity building initiative to implement best risk assessment practices and management procedures, especially with small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and in emerging and developing countries. 
  • Provide transparent access to science-based product safety information for the public and throughout the value chain. 
  • Promote a stakeholder dialogue on  science- and risk-based chemicals management. Build the Long-Range Research Initiative (LRI), a global research program to identify and fill gaps in understanding of the hazards posed by some chemicals and to improve the methods available for risk assessment.

The real strength of GPS lies in the broad commitment behind it: GPS is promoted and implemented by more than 150 top chemical companies and more than 40 associations globally, and the number of supporters is continuously growing. With each new signatory, the GPS success story gains additional momentum to shape the future image of the global chemical industry – an industry that is a trusted and reliable partner in a world where chemicals are valued and managed safely and responsibly throughout their life-cycle.

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