Communication and Transparency are Essential
Communication and transparency are essential in building trust with consumers – and the same can be said for the relationship between retailers and consumer product manufacturers. Finding a surprising lack of manufacturer awareness of individual retailer requirements for disclosure of certain chemicals as well as the lack of consistency with the recently enacted California ingredient disclosure law (SB 258, The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act), HCPA has taken the lead in working collaboratively with retailers and manufacturers to show the benefits of practical approaches to ingredient communication.
Collaboration with Retailers on Label Requirements
HCPA recently coordinated with Walmart to provide recommendations for implementing its 2018 on-package labeling requirements in ways that aligned with compliance plans for recent California ingredient communication legislation. In September 2017, Walmart agreed to modify its 2014 policy to include several of the HCPA work group’s recommendations. In October, Walmart issued guidance outlining the agreed-upon changes that include:
- Allowing companies to meet the on-package labeling of Walmart’s identified priority chemicals as companies makes label changes (a “rolling refresh”) , instead of requiring all new labels by January 1, 2018
- Permitting companies to use either the Walmart list of priority chemicals or the California SB 258 designated lists to identify chemicals requiring on-package disclosure
- Allowing FIFRA-regulated products to delay compliance with Walmart’s on-package labeling requirement until a manufacturer completes its regular label review process for that product, which requires EPA review
Working with UL in Concert with Other Trade Associations
Building Stronger Relationships with Retailers
HCPA’s 2017 Annual Meeting featured a panel discussion that brought a range of stakeholders together to address relationships between manufacturers and retailers. Tom Flicker, Principal, Sustainable Product Development, Target; Ashley C. Hall, Sustainability, Walmart; Kieran Callahan, Supply Chain and Sustainability, UL; Boma Brown-West, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Monica Becker, Co-Director and Collaborative Innovation Project Lead, Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) participated.