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American Cleaning Institute Sustainability Report identifies top ten issues to the industry’s internal and external stakeholders
The American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry’s progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI’s first-ever industry “materiality assessment,” which maps the critical risks and opportunities facing its value chain.
The materiality assessment, conducted by sustainability analytics firm Framework LLC, identifies and characterizes those issues that are most material across ACI’s membership and to the industry at large. Companies committed to sustainability have increasingly informed their strategies and reporting by conducting such analyses, but the ACI assessment is among the first across the value chain of an entire industry sector.
The top ten issues to the cleaning products industry’s internal and external stakeholders identified by the materiality assessment include:
“This assessment represents a new way of reporting on industry priorities, so it is vital to share the results with our stakeholders and engage in dialogue to gain a deeper understanding of the issues,” said Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President and CEO. “We plan to be more strategic about tracking future industry performance on these matters, and our Sustainability Report will evolve as a result.”
In 2014, 33 ACI member companies, including cleaning product makers and upstream ingredient suppliers, contributed environmental metrics data for ACI’s Sustainability Metrics Program. The program captured sustainability performance for 17.3 million metric tons of cleaning product-related production, and its results are detailed in the 2015 Report.
Since the Program’s launch in 2009, more than 5,000 data points have been collected on environmental issues most relevant to the industry. The Report shows improvements by member companies in many environmental areas key to ACI, including energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and solid waste generation. Highlights include:
The 2015 Sustainability Report also features an updated summary of ACI social and environmental sustainability programs, as well as details on ACI scientific and research programs.
Among the highlights reported:
Furthermore, the online version of the Report includes a gateway to more than 30 profiles of how ACI members demonstrate sustainability.
About the American Cleaning Institute:
The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI (www.cleaninginstitute.org) and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.
The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) represents formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI (www.cleaninginstitute.org) and its members are dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of consumers through sustainable cleaning products and practices.
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