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ChemSec transparency lawsuit against ECHA ends in stalemate

ChemSec transparency lawsuit against ECHA ends in stalemate

EU court rules ChemSec was right asking for the names of the chemical manufacturers that produce SIN-list chemicals, but not the...

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ChemSec launch the Textile Guide

ChemSec launch the Textile Guide - A new tool to tackle chemicals in textiles

Up until now brand owners and other companies in the textile sector had to invest a lot of money in chemical expertise in order to produce toxic...

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A well-functioning authorisation process drives innovation

The authorisation process

Find the latest updates for ChemSec's authorisation work

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SINimilarity gets an extensive update

Free of charge chemistry tool empowers non-chemists

Non-profit ChemSec today reveals the updated SINimilarity tool.

The tool gives non-experts vital chemical...

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What´s your chemical footprint?

What´s your chemical footprint?

Nowadays it's common business practice to know and publish the corporate carbon footprint. And the "What you measure – you can manage" approach...

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RiskMetrics uses SIN-List once again for company rating: Household and Personal product companies in US, EU and Japan

In their latest industry report RiskMetrics screened 13 American, European and Japanese big players in the Household product and cosmetic sector. Besides other environmental, social and governance criteria RiskMetrics treated the issue of chemical safety as the most important and weighted it heavily.


Upcoming legislation as the TCSA reform in the US, Chinese regulations, bans in certain US States and the implementation of REACH in Europe will force companies to reformulate their products when using substances of very high concern. Consumer awareness and therefore risking reputation loss is also an increasing motivator for an anticipatory approach.

Once again the SIN-list has been used by RiskMetrics as a tool to measure the company´s exposure to chemical safety risks. An oversight on product content and initiatives to phase-out of SIN-list chemicals have been the two major issues.

Some of the rated companies are innovators: they are phasing-out hazardous substances and reformulating their products already, whereas others resist and haven´t even started.

A risk of loosing reputation or even damage a brand can also arise from the growing gulf between marketing claims of environmental friendly products, representing only 5% of product manufactured, and the rest of companies‘ product portfolio.

To implement a sound chemical management companies have to tackle the lack of transparency down the supply chain and the various product formula used in different countries.

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