Version 3.0 of the bluesign Product Stewardship Guideline is available exclusively to bluesign system partners. It is a practical guide for chemical companies that are willing to implement state-of-the-art procedures and improve their product safety. The guideline complements the bluesign criteria for chemical suppliers.
Product stewardship means taking responsibility for making products safe for people and the planet, from design to disposal. It enables those who manufacture, design, consume or sell products to be responsible for reducing impacts on the environment, economy, public health and safety.
While the term and concept originated in the 1980s and the first formal programs were established in the chemical industry around the same time, the environmental situation we face in the 2020s makes the concept more important than ever. The chemical industry has been consolidating its product stewardship initiatives under the Responsible Care initiative since 1984.
For bluesign, product stewardship has been an essential concept to allow the production of more sustainable chemical products and hence reduce the impact of the textile industry on people, resources, and the environment. The complex requirements (e.g. of legislation, consumers and brands) regarding product safety only can be managed with well-conceived product stewardship.
The product stewardship capabilities of chemical suppliers have been subject to thorough examination during chemical supplier assessments by bluesign auditors, and they are an important basis for the evaluation of chemical products during the bluesign chemical assessment.
“Adequate product stewardship at chemical suppliers is a prerequisite for the integrity of the bluesign system,” said Dr. Makeba Kamppara, bluesign head of Technical Service Asia. “With the new version of the guideline, we make our requirements transparent and respond to a need on the global market for practical guidance for setting up a functioning system.”
Since 2010, bluesign has supported the improvement of product stewardship practices at chemical suppliers with its Product Stewardship Guideline. If necessary, bluesign experts support clients in the rollout and improvement of stewardship procedures and capabilities during bluesign Product Stewardship Services (PSS).