Product safety blog - CSR/ESG, D&I and vulnerable consumers
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Environmental, social and governance (ESG)-type obligations are increasingly imposed on actors in the modern product supply chain. Such obligations impact all stages of the product lifecycle and additionally impose subject-matter specific reporting obligations on companies in respect of these matters.
In an era of growing eco awareness an increasing number of companies are making environmental and sustainability claims about their practices, products and services. However, a recent international analysis of websites found that 40% of green claims made online could be misleading.
The ‘responsible’ Responsible Person – the complexities of ESG product compliance obligations for the life sciences industry
Whilst environmental and social governance (ESG) issues and related concepts are increasingly mainstay product compliance requirements to bring products to market in Europe, the life sciences industry continues to grapple with the unique challenges it faces when seeking to navigate, and apply, several broad-brush product compliance requirements to life sciences products.
As discussed at our recent panel discussion, ‘All for one and one for all – today’s diverse and inclusive products: legalities, risks and AI’, diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) must be taken into account at each stage of the product lifecycle including product design, product testing, and product use.
As of 1 April 2022, manufacturers or importers of plastic packaging products into the UK may be liable under Part 2 of the Finance Act 2021 to pay a tax on products that contain less than 30% recycled plastic, known as Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT).
On 2 March 2022, four regional and thirty-three national cosmetics industry associations from across the globe released a Position Paper in support of a global United Nations Plastics treaty. This comes in response to a Resolution reached on the same day at the UN Environment Assembly, with the support of 175 nations, calling for treaty implementation by 2024.
European Commission publishes long awaited proposals for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence
On 23 February 2022, the European Commission published its proposals for a Directive 2022/0051 on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. This provides a pathway for companies to implement the necessary due diligence procedures to enable them to better identify, prevent, mitigate and bring to an end adverse impacts of their activities on human rights and on the environment.
“It’s up to you, New York, New York!” Sustainability on the global runway with landmark Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act
Backed by an alliance of key political players, non-profit organisations and sustainable fashion trailblazers, the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act was announced on Friday 7 January 2022. The Fashion Act, the first of its kind in the US seeks to hold fashion’s biggest stakeholders to account for their environmental impact and brings sustainability within the industry firmly into focus.
The increased regulation of Energy-related Products, energy-using or energy-saving products that “have an impact on energy consumption during use”, continues to play a central role in supporting the UK’s commitment to reach its environmental targets, including its 2050 net zero target.
Two high-profile institutions, LEGO Group and UNICEF, have recently underlined the vital importance of considering diversity and inclusion in respect of children’s product design and advertising with two recent initiatives in this area.