Design 100% of our products and processes using sustainability criteria including the principles of green chemistry
Develop and implement a company chemical management policy including governance for chemicals of concern
Expand the integration of safer design principles into new product development and our existing product portfolio
Collaborate to promote the adoption of sustainable and green chemistry
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals used to manufacture many everyday household products and firefighting foam since the 1940s. PFAS is a classification that includes thousands of materials with very different properties; some PFAS, like PFOA and PFOS, are considered “long-chain” chemicals. Long-chain substances are often bio-persistent, which means that they tend to remain inside a biological organism, rather than being expelled or broken down.
DuPont does not make PFOA, PFOS or GenX. Further, DuPont never manufactured or sold firefighting foam. Across our portfolio, DuPont’s use of other PFAS is a small fraction of the total PFAS used in the world. While our use is extremely small, we’re actively pursuing alternatives to PFAS where possible in our manufacturing processes.
DuPont is committed to being a responsible partner in addressing concerns about the health and environmental impacts of PFOA. The knowledge base around PFOA and other PFAS environmental footprint and health effects continues to evolve through work led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health and environmental organizations around the world. We’re committed to working with regulatory bodies and agencies to support their efforts to develop science-based guidelines.
In 2019, we eliminated the use of long-chain PFAS from our products and processes, including recently integrated operations. See our PFAS commitments for more updates on our progress. These commitments, along with our Safer by Design goal, will help ensure that we consistently live our core values.
As part of our commitment to Responsible Care, DuPont businesses routinely audit their PS&R Management Systems to ensure they are effective and align with the ACC Product Safety Code. As an added level of assurance, we conduct third-party audits of a sampling of our businesses, our U.S. chemical manufacturing sites and our headquarters every three years to verify that our Responsible Care® program continues to meet or exceed the ACC’s requirements. In 2019, a third party audited our product stewardship program and found it to be in conformance with these requirements. The next external audit will happen in 2022.
Learn more about how we manage product stewardship in our GRI Index.
To improve overall safety and address energy and climate requirements, the industry needed a less toxic, more environmentally friendly solution, without any compromise on safety performance.
Align 100% of our innovation portfolio to meaningfully advance the UN SDGs and create value for our customers
Integrate circular economy principles into our business models considering lifecycle impacts in the markets we serve.
Design 100% of our products and processes using sustainability criteria including the principles of green chemistry.
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions 30%, including sourcing 60% of electricity from renewable energy by 2030, and deliver carbon neutral operations by 2050.
Implement holistic water strategies across all facilities, prioritizing manufacturing plants and communities in high-risk watersheds; and enable millions of people access to clean water through leadership in advancing water technology and enacting strategic partnerships.
Become one of the world’s most inclusive companies, with diversity well ahead of industry benchmarks.
Create a workplace where employees report high levels of well-being and fulfillment.
Improve over 100 million lives through targeted social impact programs.