Our company has a long history of environmental stewardship and compliance, but we realize that our strategy and efforts need to evolve in order for us to operate in an increasingly resource-constrained world.
We have focused our environmental sustainability strategy on improving the efficiency of our operations, designing for the environment, and reducing the impacts and risks in our value chain. To achieve our goals, we have defined environmental-footprint measures and established a set of goals to improve the sustainability of our operations
We recognize that climate change could significantly impact global health and present long-term risks to our business. The world’s resources are limited, and over the next few decades the demand for energy, clean water and natural resources will increase substantially due to population growth and economic development. We understand that business has a responsibility to use resources wisely and drive innovations that will enable global development while protecting and preserving the planet.
Our Environmental Sustainability Strategy focuses on three main areas:
Reducing our environmental impacts through energy efficiency and water-use-reduction initiatives, as well as efficiently using raw materials and handling our wastes.
Innovating to reduce the environmental impacts of our new products and packaging through the use of green chemistry, life cycle assessments, and other sustainable design principles.
IN VALUE CHAIN
Understanding the environmental impacts and risks that are upstream and downstream of our own operations, and working to minimize those impacts. This is done through collaboration with our suppliers and customers to address our shared needs and interests in more efficient and environmentally beneficial ways.
We take a precautionary approach when evaluating potential human exposures and environmental impacts from our manufacturing processes. Conservative assumptions are made when data are limited and safety factors are added to address uncertainty and variability in our assessments.
This type of approach is particularly relevant to our work in toxicology, industrial hygiene, and environmental protection:
- We assign hazard ratings to all of our chemical compounds, and default to more conservative exposure limits when we have limited health hazard information. Most often, our initial assignment can be relaxed as preclinical and clinical data become available.
- Our Industrial Hygiene Risk Assessments require that the effectiveness of engineering controls be verified, and that exposure monitoring be conducted as necessary to ensure appropriate levels of employee protection. We evaluate exposure monitoring data based on statistical analysis and not just individual point-by-point comparisons to Occupational Exposure Limits.
- We set a de minimis level for environmental releases at very low levels until we have sufficient data to understand any impacts on aquatic organisms. Aquatic testing is typically completed late in the product development timeline, and limits can change once data is available.