Strategic Priorities | ACS GCI Formulators' Roundtable

Promote transparency and consistency through a set of green chemistry principles for formulated products.

The Roundtable recognizes the importance of establishing a unified voice on the principles of an environmentally preferable product for clarity and credibility across all stakeholder groups. The Roundtable will work collaboratively to establish these principles.

Drive good science in the development of environmentally preferred products standard/ certification.

The Roundtable recognizes the importance that "good science" is used in decision making and ensuring technical rigor in influencing environmentally preferred products certification and/or standard development. Leverage the independent position of ACS GCI to gain recognition that the ACS GCI Formulators’ Roundtable be a resource to standard-setting bodies. Collaborate with global stakeholders, including governments and other organizations, to support harmonization in standard setting with an emphasis on continuous improvement that resonates with consumer expectations.

Inform and influence suppliers and academia to develop greener alternatives.

The Roundtable acknowledges its position to generate an aggregate demand for greener alternatives to currently used raw materials. The Roundtable will develop collaborations and/or funding opportunities to engage the suppliers, academia, and the larger scientific community in this endeavor to identify greener materials. Focus will be on identifying greener alternatives for commodity types of raw materials and will avoid any proprietary ingredients.

Be recognized leaders in green chemistry.

Proactively influence green chemistry related debate with regulators, non-government organizations, customers, and consumers. Influence suppliers, regulators, retailers and academic research. Establish recognized leadership for driving green chemistry. Use our collective learning to promote green chemistry.

Incorporate risk-based decision making into green chemistry.

The Roundtable seeks to expand the current use of hazard assessments in determination of "greenness" to incorporate risk-based decision-making and the precautionary principle when appropriate. The level of technical rigor used in sustainability assessments should be related to the quantity and quality of chemical information available. The Roundtable encourages the development and improved access to data to support decision making on products and ingredients. This may be accomplished by, but is not limited to, the development of tools, funding research, collaborating with suppliers, supporting curriculum development, etc.