formally commit to the ACI’s Principles for Sustainability, must
participate in ACI’s Sustainability Metrics Program, and work toward implementing a set of Essential Sustainability Procedures
Charter participants must assure that they have systems in
place for continual assessment, review, and improvement of sustainability performance at every important stage of the product
“These Essential Sustainability Procedures and Activities
focus on best practices in areas such as raw material selection,
resource management, product safety and manufacturing, packaging design, occupational health and safety, and sustainability
reporting,” Rosenberg said.
ACI’s connections extend beyond US borders. Representatives
from associations around the world, including Australia, Brazil,
Canada, China, Europe, India and Japan, were on hand to discuss
key issues impacting the cleaning industry in their country or region. All are members of the International Network of Cleaning
Product Associations (INCPA).
Susanne Zänker, director general of AISE, the international
association for soaps, detergents and maintenance products
based in Belgium, detailed the group’s efforts to ensure both
safety and availability of raw materials under REACH. The group
is also convincing consumers to lower their wash water temperatures via the“I prefer 30°” campaign and product stewardship
programs for liquid capsules and air fresheners. Zänker also noted that AISE’s Charter for Sustainable Cleaning program, which
is aimed at improving sustainability in the industry, celebrated
its 10th anniversary with 103 manufacturers and 122 retailers—
representing more than 90% of the market, according to Zanker.
Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association President
Shannon Coombs reminded the audience that a new liberal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could impact regulatory issues in the country. She noted that two Auditor General
Office reports revealed weakness in the regulatory process for
and that NGOs have
pounced on the issue. The CCSPA
is working with
regulators to modernize the Food
& Drugs Act for
is preparing for
tion of the Globally
of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS); although
Coombs noted that confidential business information issues
must be resolved.
Abipla is the key association for the Brazilian cleaning industry. Maria Eugenia Proenca Saldanha reviewed Brazil’s efforts to
improve the sustainability profile of household cleaning products; many of these efforts revolve around water conservation.
Abipla is working with 20 other Brazilian associations to improve
recycling efforts in the country.
Tsutomu Katagiri of the Japan Soap and Detergent Association
detailed the results of its home laundry habits survey. Washing
machine capacity has risen from 6.8kg in 2005 to 8.0kg last year
and boast new functions such as antibacterial efficacy. Reviewing
consumer habits, Katagiri said fabric softener use increased from
59% in 2005 to 77% last year. The industry is making progress to
reduce plastic use, as volume has fallen 40% v. 1995 levels.
Craig Brock of Accord Australasia called 2016, “a make or
break year for streamlined and internationally-aligned regulation of chemical-based products in Australia.” He asked for input from international colleagues on the new National Industrial
Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS),
which is designed to protect Australians and the environment by
assessing the risks of industrial chemicals and providing information to promote their safe use.
Many of the issues facing other countries and companies in
the global fast-moving consumer goods industry are impacting Indian companies too, according to Sanjay Trevedi of the
Indian Home & Personal Care Industry Association. Key issues include: classification of chemicals, cosmetic labeling, GHS
Implementation, animal testing bans and regulated import of
cosmetics. Some of the issues unique to the country are: multilayer plastic bag bans; Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for bathing bars and soaps and detergents; and safeguard duty on the
import of lAB from Qatar, Iran and China. Finally, Jianli Zhao of
the China Cleaning Industry Association noted soap and detergent production in China rose nearly 11% in 2014 to more than
13 million tons. Liquids accounted for just 32% of total laundry
detergent sales, up from about 12% in 2010. Washing machine
penetration exceeds 95% in cities, but it is closer to 60% in rural
“Hand washing is still playing a major role,”Zhao concluded. •
Speaking at the ACI Issues Briefing (from left): Brian Del Buono; The Sun
Products Corporation; Nancy Bock, ACI; Anitra Marsh, Procter & Gamble;
and Richard Sedlak, ACI.
From left: ACI Board member Larry Berger, Ecolab
Inc.; Douglas Troutman, ACI; ACI Board member
Rutger Beelaerts, Shell Chemical LP; and Quinn
Stepan Jr., Stepan Company.