Sustainability report 2020 FINAL - Flipbook - Page 75
PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP &
As part of our core commitment and “Safe” pillar, we believe that providing accessible and adequate
information to all our stakeholders about the environmental and social impact of our products is essential.
In particular, we provide information and documents aimed at allowing our stakeholders to make informed
decisions, and to handle, use and dispose of our products in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner.
Some of this information is highly regulated such as:
•Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - which provide information regulated under the United Nations
(UN) Global Harmonized System (GHS) about potential health hazards, product classification, presence
of hazardous ingredients, and instructions on adequate personal protection equipment (PPE) and safe
Considering standards such as GHS may not be applicable in all countries, or differ from one country
to another, Archroma follows the highest applicable standard wherever its products are manufactured
In total, Archroma maintains a library of about 32 000 MSDS.
MSDS are available in all countries in which we operate, in the local language. These are made available
to concerned stakeholders via a dedicated web interface fed by a specific environmental, health and
safety (EHS) module within our SAP IT infrastructure: Archroma employees and contracted warehouses,
emergency assistance services, and key distributors. MSDS are also proactively provided to customers
at the time of the initial order, subsequent annual orders, or whenever there are changes in product
composition, or hazardous substance classification.
•Packaging labels - which provide GHS and transport handling information according to the product
MSDS in a more visual form such as danger and hazard pictograms. To ensure alignment between labels
and MSDS, Archroma uses the same SAP module that feeds directly the label printers available on all
Archroma packaging sites.
Each country will either follow the GHS or have its own classification standard. In any case Archroma
will comply both with the GHS and, in addition, with the local standard applicable in the country of
production and destination, and in local language.
Archroma also provides documents that are not regulated but are requested by our customers, as well
as brands and retailers.
•Compliance certificates - which are established on request of customers and aim to certify compliance
of Archroma products to several industry standards that apply in their markets.
These standards can be edicted by:
Regulatory authorities, such as FDA food contact approval, the ISEGA certification by the German
Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the Blue Angel, Nordic Swan or EU Eco-label.
•Third parties such as bluesign technologies ag or Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
•Bands and retailers with their own specific requirements such as restricted substance lists (RSLs)
and/or manufacturing restricted substance lists (MRSLs).