CONTENTS EdEvidence Newsletter

February 2008

Corporate-NGO Partnerships to Advance Safer Chemicals

Companies are forging important collaborative linkages with NGOs concerned about safer chemicals policies. For example, there is increasingly close technical cooperation between advocate Health Care Without Harm on the one hand and health care leaders such as Consorta and Kaiser-Permanente on the other. Likewise, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell has created a Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), comprised of corporate leaders from multiple sectors and environmental health NGOs, all engaged in sharing innovations and generating useful tools. Another example is the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics working with the more than 750 corporate signatories to its Compact for Safe Cosmetics on useful tools to speed the elimination of carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive toxicants, and other chemicals of concern from cosmetics. Finally, the NGO Clean Production Action has produced “The Green Screen for Safer Chemicals” that it has shared with companies, including Wal-Mart, as a tool for screening and ranking chemicals.