* Engaged through 2017 and public release
The Rating System was developed by the Beauty and Personal Care Leadership Group, a multi-stakeholder group comprised of leading brands, manufacturers, retailers, and non-profit organizations that represent broad perspectives on sustainability. To build a rating system that can be deployed across the beauty and personal care industry, each member of the group acknowledges that members have diverse points of view. As such, the attributes, activities, KPIs, and scoring used in the BPC Rating System represent a composite perspective of the current market and are not necessarily the views, policies, or program of any single participant of the Leadership Group themselves. Retailers will independently determine how to act upon any product ratings or scores resulting from the use of the system.
Current Status, Continued Development
In May of 2018 the BPC Product Sustainability Rating System was publicly released for initial use by brands and retailers. The released system includes 32 key performance indicators (KPIs) arranged into 4 thematic clusters: Packaging, Disclosure, Human Health, and Supply Chain and the Environment. These KPIs allow companies to differentiate products based on a spectrum of attributes and activities ranging from basic regulatory compliance through aspirational leadership. Scoring recommendations are provided for individual KPIs that contribute to cluster scores and ultimately an overall product score with a maximum of 400 points. Updates to the system will be made based on learnings from the system’s use and according to the evolving sustainability and regulatory landscapes.
Approach to Chemical Management
This rating system uses several KPIs to track manufacturer activities on chemicals management. Some of these KPIs reference the six publicly available chemical lists shown below. These lists were identified because they represented the smallest number of authoritative and regulatory lists that covered retailer chemical approaches. Note that this set of lists is not used in the BPC Rating System as a restricted substance list (RSL) and is not defined by the Leadership Group for such purpose. Instead, the BPC Rating System uses these lists in specific KPIs for simplicity in addressing retailer interest in the areas of chemicals management. For convenience in the BPC Rating System, all chemicals on these six lists are referred to as “chemicals on the stewardship list”. References to these lists outside of using the full BPC Rating System are accurately made by citing the lists’ original regulatory and scientific authorities and not the BPC system itself.
Chemical lists referenced by The BPC Sustainability Rating System:
- CA EPA Prop 65 – Reproductive and Developmental Toxicants, Carcinogens
- EPA Toxics Release Inventory PBTs
- EU – Cosmetics Regulation Annex II
- EU – Priority Endocrine Disruptors (Categories 1, 2)
- EU REACH – Annex XVII CMRs (Appendices 1 – 6)
- IARC – Groups 1, 2A, 2B
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