Product Stewardship

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Every day, literally millions of products come from DuPont and its affiliates to customers, distributors, and other business associates around the globe.

At DuPont, Product Stewardship is the business process responsible for the management of a product throughout its existing life cycle focusing on the health, safety and environmental issues at each phase.

Product Stewardship requires good communication along the product life cycle to assess the needs of all our stakeholders involved. This includes working with our customers to develop appropriate risk management measures and to address their emerging needs for the products and services we supply to them.  These activities may include the development of safety data sheets and labels (indicating hazard and use information), training, facilitating product stewardship reviews and the publication of information such as Product Use, Storage and Handling (PUSH) bulletins.

The product Life Cycle begins at the start of the development stage and continues along the product trail from raw materials to ultimate fate (e.g., recycling, reuse, refurbish, or environmental impact) with suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, customers, and consumer impacts identified.

DuPont employs country, regional and business product stewards that have the overall responsibility to manage product stewardship reviews, existing and emerging regulations, material registrations, manufacturing, distribution, packaging, and other requirements, as needed.

At DuPont there are internal Policies, Standards and Procedures specific to product stewardship and regulatory requirements that help product stewards manage the products or services that they are responsible for.  For example, there is a DuPont standard that defines the requirement to complete a product stewardship review for all products before commercialization and a procedure that serves as a guide to doing the review.

DuPont also participates in relevant trade and industry associations as the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the European Council of the Chemical Industry Federations (CEFIC) and the Japan Chemical Industry Association and works with other key stakeholders on the development of standards, and partners with governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). DuPont has established a series of position statements  to address stakeholder concerns.

We affirm to all our stakeholders, including our employees, customers, shareholders and the public, that we will conduct our business with respect and care for the environment. We will implement those strategies that build Sustainable Growth and achieve the benefit for all our stakeholders without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Here are links to more information: DuPont 2011 Sustainability Progress Report  and DuPont 2011 Global Reporting Initiative .