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Actio, Nike, Seagate, HP unite for GC3 Green Chemistry

Boston, Mass., April 11, 2011 — As leading manufacturers such as Nike, HP, Method, and Herman Miller ramp up their safer product design programs, more suppliers are on the hook to share chemical information.  Actio Corporation is a market leading provider of supply chain management software.  Actio has worked with these and other companies— in conjunction with the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council out of U Mass, Lowell— to create a guidance document which contains best practices for green chemistry driven chemical data management. 

The guidance document is now available from the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council.

The guidance is 56 pages long.  The title is, Meeting Customers' Needs for Chemical Data: A Guidance Document for Suppliers.  It was written with input from companies including Herman Miller, Nike, Seagate, HP, Johnson & Johnson and Actio Corporation

Obtaining chemical data from large, complex, and global supply chains is a challenging task – some suppliers may want to keep this information confidential and some do not have the information because their suppliers are unwilling or unable to obtain it. When manufacturing firms face these obstacles, they seek out suppliers who can provide the information.

The guidance document addresses many issues for companies and suppliers alike.  For example, the document covers how companies can address confidential business information (CBI); what benefits suppliers can realize when sharing chemical data information with their customers; and the shortcomings of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and other types of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).

In the document, suppliers will find:

  1. examples of corporate chemical data collection practices
  2. customizable letters and forms that can be used by companies to communicate with suppliers
  3. sources of information on chemical hazards and on safer chemicals

Two GC3 member companies are now working to integrate parts of the guidance document into their supplier communication and data collection systems.  

The guidance document is available for download at www.greenchemistryandcommerce.org/publications.php.

Finding solutions to the challenges of chemical data sharing within supply chains will be a topic of discussion at the 6th Annual Green Chemistry & Commerce Council Innovators Roundtable, hosted by HP, May 4 & 5, 2011 in Cupertino, California.  Visit http://www.greenchemistryandcommerce.org/events.upcoming.php to register on-line.

About the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3)

The GC3, facilitated by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, provides an open forum for business-to-business dialog to advance the development of safer chemicals and products. Through working groups, GC3 participants initiate projects to advance green chemistry and design for environment policies. For more details, visit www.greenchemistryandcommerce.org.

About Actio Corporation

Since 1996, Actio has been helping companies and their supply chains to cost-effectively manage the complexities surrounding environmental compliance and the exchange of parts, substances and chemicals along the global manufacturing supply chain.  Actio’s supply chain materials information management solutions are delivered as SaaS and encourage a lean or “best practices” approach for analyzing and managing component and chemical data in today’s complex regulatory environment.  Actio solutions track raw material and part composition for compliance with global mandates under EPA's TSCA, REACH, RoHS, and WEEE.  For more information about Actio Corporation, please visit http://www.actio.net.

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Contact  

Kathleen Hurley, Actio Communications, 603-433-2300 x350, khurley@actio.net
Karen Angelo 978-430-6303, karenangelo@comcast.net
Melissa Coffin, U Mass Lowell, 978-934-2997 Melissa_Coffin@uml.edu