have a youthful mindset,” she insisted.
Change is good, agreed Gallagher, noting that 10 years ago,
being in research and development often meant being in the US
or Europe. Today, R&D centers can be found around the world
in diverse places such as São Paulo, South Africa, China and
Looking ahead, Heinz warned that Asia would no longer be
growing at a double-digit annual pace. Instead, marketers, suppliers and investors will have to be content with 7% growth rates.
With a lower growth rate and currency crisis, Latin America is not
as strong as it once was, either, added Heinz, who warned that
the global economy will continue to grow slowly in 2014—
provided there are no geopolitical issues.
Slow growth or not, Atkinson reminded the audience that consumers still wash clothes regardless of the
economy, although they often trade
down when money gets tight.
And while Gallagher said he remained cautiously optimistic about
2014, he warned that the continued
decline in labor force participation
All the speakers agreed that one of
the keys to their company’s success is
staying close to the consumer.
“You can’t shrink your way to greatness,” warned Gallagher. “Innovation
that gives a consumer a better product
is the way forward for all of us.”
Charter for Sustainable
In an effort to show NGOs, regulators and consumers that the industry
is moving forward, ACI launched the
Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, a
voluntary initiative to promote and demonstrate continual improvement in the cleaning products industry’s sustainability
profile. The Charter, which is designed to go beyond basic legal
requirements, provides a framework for driving the industry toward common sustainability goals. It requires companies to have
systems in place for continual assessment, review, and improvement of sustainability performance, including raw material selection, resource use, and occupational health and safety, at every
important stage of the product lifecycle.
“By participating in the Charter, companies will have a means
of demonstrating their commitment to continuous improvement
in key aspects of sustainability relative to the cleaning product
supply chain,” said Ernie Rosenberg, president and CEO, ACI.
The Charter, available at www.cleanin-
ginstitute.org/charter, exists as a guideline
for best practices in sustainability and con-
sists of three required components:
• Charter companies must
formally commit to the ACI Principles for
• Charter companies must participate
in ACI’s Sustainability Metrics Program;
• Charter companies must work to-
ward implementing a set of Essential
Sustainability Procedures and Activities
(SPAs), which apply to the design, raw
•Robert Hamilton of Amway Corporation received the Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished
Service Award during the American Cleaning Institute’s Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.
the award honors an individual for extensive or exceptional service to ACI, who promoted the
growth and interests of the Institute and the industries it represents.
Hamilton has been a key member of the consumer products industry for more than 40 years,
with the past 37 years at Amway. He has taken an active role in shaping science-based public
policy and, since 2000, he has been regulatory policy director for Amway.
Hamilton has filled key roles at ACI for 25 years—serving on the Research, technology and
Regulation Committee, Consumer Affairs & outreach Committee and the Strategic Advisory
Committee. the Institute noted that all his efforts have contributed greatly to ACI’s technical
programs, science-based public policies, and consumer outreach and education materials.
Specifically, his efforts were pivotal in winning exemptions for industry in California’s voC requirements, as well as creating the industry voluntary ingredient disclosure policy and ACI’s
product fact sheets.
HAMILTON RECEIvES ELVA WALKER SPILLANE AWARD
Participants in ACI’s Executive Leadership panel included (from left): moderator Lou Dobbs; ACI Board members Joy Atkinson, Firmenich; Kevin Gallagher, Croda Inc and Michael Heinz, BASF SE.