"Chemical Footprint" is defined as the total mass of chemicals of high concern (CoHCs) in products sold by a company and used in its manufacturing operations. If it's not possible to determine the total mass of CoHCs, a company may be able to report on the number of CoHCs that are in the products it sells and are used in its manufacturing operations.
Chemical footprinting is the process of evaluating progress away from chemicals of high concern to human health or the environment to chemicals that have a lower hazard profile than the ones they replace. In this way, a chemical footprint is a measure of the actions an organization takes to advance the development and use of safer chemicals in products and across supply chains.
The value of chemical footprinting is its focus on being proactive. It places organizations on the path of moving away from being passive actors whose only concern is legal compliance to being active participants in advancing the use of safer, greener chemicals. Chemical footprinting will help to:
See BizNGO Guide to Safer Chemicals for an in-depth examination of tools and initiatives that are integral to chemical footprinting.