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1 Moving Sustainability Forward in the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry Melissa Bernardo American Cleaning Institute® Senior Manager, Sustainability Initiatives

2 Introduction About ACI ACI Sustainability Journey ACI Sustainability Initiatives – Sustainability Report – Sustainability Metrics Program – Metrics 101 – ACI Charter for Sustainable Cleaning – Cleaning Product Ingredient Inventory – Consumer Laundry Safety Campaign

3 Who are we? The 100+ member trade association of the $30 billion US cleaning products industry

4 American Cleaning Institute Our Vision Enhancing health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices. Our Mission To support the sustainability of the cleaning product and oleochemical industries, through research, education, outreach and science-based advocacy.

5 Product Stewardship Since 1926, ACI has been committed to improving the lives of people through science, research, and applied technology ACI human health and environmental safety initiatives promote sustainable safety practices within the industry – Cleaning Product Ingredient Inventory – iSTREEM: Promoting Product Stewardship – ACIscience.org: Research at Your Fingertips – Demonstrating safety in the environment – Demonstrating Ingredient Safety – Sharing Chemical Data Avoids New Animal Testing For more information:

6 Health and Hygiene Supporting good health and hygiene in our schools and communities – Educating on cleaning and preventing asthma – Supporting school cleaning – Partnering on flu prevention – Promoting safe laundering and cleaning practices

7 For Better Living Clean the World collects discarded hygiene products from more than 1,700 participating hotels Over 17 million soap bars and 325,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner have been put back into human use, simultaneously eliminating over 750 tons of waste. – Volunteers assembled over 3,000 hygiene kits during ACI’s 2014 Annual Convention

8 ACI’s Sustainability Journey ACI Board approved Principles for Sustainability 2004Updated in 2010

9 ACI Principles for Sustainability ACI’s Sustainability Mission: To benefit society and improve the quality of life through hygiene and cleanliness by driving sustainability improvements across our industry and throughout the supply chain.

10 2013 Sustainability Report 2nd Public Sustainability Report for the Cleaning Products Industry – Released August 2013 Includes: – Environmental metrics collected from 24 ACI member companies – Highlights the role ACI plays in improving product safety and transparency and giving back to those in need

11 Stories of Sustainability

12 Sustainability Metrics Program Report a common set of industry- wide sustainability metrics relevant to both its consumer packaged goods and ingredient supplier members Publicly report data that drives sustainability performance improvements across the industry Gain insight into trends within the industry.

13 What Data is Collected? Water Use Greenhouse Gas Emissions Energy Use Solid Waste Generation

14 2012 Sustainability Metrics

15 Metrics Program Participation

16 6% % 2012 Sustainability Reporting Statistics

17 Sustainability Knowledge Sharing Promote awareness of issues related to sustainability and tools for developing sustainability strategies – Enhance knowledge and expertise around sustainability Hosted webinars introducing Sustainability metrics – Helping companies beginning their sustainability journeys

18 ACI Charter for Sustainable Cleaning Common, voluntary approach to promote and demonstrate continual improvement in the industry’s sustainability profile Based in part on A.I.S.E. Charter for Sustainable Cleaning. Utilizes ACC Responsible Care Program Creates industry-wide set of best practices in sustainability Establishes a framework to initiate and develop a sustainability strategy, or enhance one already in place Encourages continual assessment and review of sustainability performance

19 Cleaning Product Ingredient Inventory

20 Consumer Laundry Safety Campaign K eep single-load liquid laundry packets out of the reach of children E ducate your family and friends about the safe use and storage of these new laundry products Y OU serve a key role in laundry safety

21 Melissa Bernardo Senior Manager, Sustainability Initiatives American Cleaning Institute 1331 L Street, N.W., Suite 650 Washington, D.C Thank You


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