Australia and U.S. vinyl councils explore sustainability program reciprocity.
Submitted by Vinyl Sustainability Council
January 21, 2021 /CSRwire/ - The Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA) and the United States Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore a pathway to reciprocity between the two sustainability programs by sharing best practices and collaborating on sustainability program development.
Collaboration between the VCA’s PVC Stewardship Program and VSC’s +Vantage Vinyl™ program seeks to promote global harmonization, broaden recognition of industry leaders, and increase industry participation in these sustainability programs.
“While circumstances vary regionally, sustainability is a global issue and vinyl products participate in a global market,” said Sophi MacMillan, VCA Chief Executive. “It is in the best interest of the industry and society to work across borders to help the vinyl industry to continue to make progress.”
Trade association-led sustainability programs serve an important function to advance voluntary improvements in the industry. Working together, member companies can share best practices leading to continuous improvement throughout the industry.
“Many of our members do business throughout the world,” said Jay Thomas, VSC Executive Director. “Developing a pathway to reciprocity between the various sustainability programs will foster progress by easing the administration burden on companies and encouraging more participation. Increased program participation is a key factor in advancing the sustainability of the industry.”
Companies participating in the PVC Stewardship Program and +Vantage Vinyl programs agree to transparent voluntary commitments and guiding principles of sustainability that are measured and reported on an annual basis. The programs are designed to be inclusive for companies at any stage of the sustainability journey but encourage continuous improvement. The overall performance of member companies is reflected in annual sustainability reporting.
To learn more about the PVC Stewardship Program visit https://www.vinyl.org.au/sustainability/stewardship and https://vantagevinyl.com for more information about +Vantage Vinyl.
The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC) is a voluntary organization that is taking a leadership role in bringing the industry together to advance sustainable performance throughout the vinyl value chain. Based on a stakeholder materiality assessment, the VSC focuses its efforts in three impact categories identified by industry stakeholders: Landfill Diversion, Health and Safety and Emissions. Together VSC members are establishing baselines and determining goals to track and report on the vinyl industry’s progress.
The VSC launched +Vantage Vinyl, the US industry’s first-ever sustainability brand that verifies VSC member companies that are making sustainability advancements within each of the impact categories. +Vantage Vinyl verified companies are verified by an independent third-party and are award the use of the +Vantage Vinyl mark to signify they are contributing to the industry goals and reporting their progress on an annual basis.
VSC membership includes, and is open to, companies and organization throughout the viny/PVC value chain including: resin, compound and additive manufacturers, vinyl product manufacturers, extruders, recyclers, equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.
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