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Companies are positive towards REACH

A prevalent misconception among media, politicians and others is that industry finds chemical regulations ineffective, burdensome and a threat to their profits. But the fact is that a growing number of companies view appropriate regulation and pro-activeness as way to reduce their economic risks, create a more equal market playing field, and support public and consumer relations. In fact, evidence shows that large sectors of industry would gain from stricter chemicals legislation. No surprise that many leading companies are “taking care of business” by helping to push for greater information and control.

Here we have gathered a number of company quotes regarding REACH.

Kingfisher

“Kingfisher’s policy is to apply REACH globally. This means we follow the Authorisation process closely and apply the sunset dates to all concerned substances found in our supply chain. We do this because protecting our planet and our customers from potentially harmful substances is a key concern to us.

However, it is becoming increasingly difficult, in both business and administrative terms, to do so: having uncertainty on sunset date creates supply chain disruption, confusion and additional costs as we invest in alternatives. When an authorisation gets granted or extended even after the sunset date had been reached, we get kick back from our supply chain for applying the rules outside the EU, only to find that the rules have changed.

We also get financial disadvantages as we substitute while the rest of the market does not – at least not in the same way or at the same pace. We also incur extra costs and administration because we need to control our supply chain more thoroughly, do checks in the factories and control the substances restricted from use in the factory.  All in all, it leads to inefficiencies and uncompetitive pricing.  We need clarity urgently.”

GreenCoat

“Not granting authorisation can have positive implications both for the producers and users of alternatives as well as on the society. Cost for continuous use of SVHCs as well as the market implications for producers of alternatives if continuous use of the SVHC is granted needs to be included in the evaluation for authorisation process to a larger extend. Alternative producers could improve impact both on the environment, human health and create business opportunities with rising employments as well as an added value on research and development issues.”

H&M

“H&M supports a strong chemical legislation and our Chemical management is based on prevention and the precautionary principle. We restrict the use of chemicals considered as hazardous in our production processes and define hazardous chemicals according to an intrinsic properties approach and consider properties such as persistence, bioaccumulation, toxicity, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and toxicity to reproduction, endocrine disruption and equivalent risks when assessing the risks with certain substances.

When substances are listed on the REACH candidate list the demand for more innovation and finding better alternatives increases, which fuels the production of alternatives and finally increases the availability and decreases the prices for these alternatives. This process is fortunate for our business since we often are frontrunners, paying higher prices for the alternatives in the beginning and are committed to phase out substance of very high concern.“

Skanska
“The authorization process within REACH safeguards that the most hazardous substances will be phased-out over time.”
AkzoNobel
“As part of our commitment to providing safer and more sustainable solutions for our customers, AkzoNobel phased out the use of lead compounds in paints some years ago. In 2011 we phased out the last remaining uses of lead chromate in all our industrial paints. As safer and effective alternatives to lead chromate pigments are available for industrial paints and have been fully accepted in the marketplace, we are surprised that the EU looks set to grant an authorization for the continued use of lead chromate in these paints for at least 12 more years under REACH. AkzoNobel does not intend to re-introduce lead chromates in any of our products.”
Aviva Investors, BNP-Paribas, Impax and WHEB
“As investors in the European chemical industry we are concerned that authorisations for SVHCs will be given despite the existence of functioning alternatives on the European market. Recent proposals from the Commission to streamline and simplify the authorization process may have an unintended ‘chilling’ effect on efforts by the industry to invest in novel greener chemical products as substitutes.”
IKEA

“The EU REACH requirements are in line with how IKEA works with chemicals. The precautionary principle and substitution principle are the basis for how both REACH and IKEA works with chemicals.”

EurEau

“Substances that are not sufficiently biodegradable and which are susceptible to pose a risk to aquatic ecosystems and drinking water resources should not be allowed to enter the water cycle. The processes in REACH are among the most important instruments to phase out substances of concern from the European waters. The authorisation process in REACH is the central legislative instrument to fulfil the requirements for good ecological and chemical status in the Water Framework Directive.”

Gemini Adhesives Ltd

“Gemini Adhesives Ltd see the management of hazardous chemicals as a key part of our business mission and strategy. We are committed to ensuring that our products are safe at all stages of manufacture, use and disposal. Knowledge of chemical hazards has advanced over time and we are now aware of potential risks that were unsuspected until fairly recently. The authorisation procedure is designed to drive innovation and it has played a key role for the development of our products. The work that the REACH authorities are undertaking is in our view essential to ensuring that we will have all of the information necessary to assess and manage the risks associated with all of the materials we work with and where necessary to substitute hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.”

DSM
“With regard to chemicals and their safe use REACH is considered one of the most important European Community Regulations. The aim of REACH is to enhance the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances and by applying appropriate safety assessment and risk management for the use of those substances. DSM supports these important objectives of REACH. At the heart of DSM’s mission is the core value of sustainability and a commitment to helping to create a more sustainable world.”