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ACI Charter for Sustainable Cleaning 2nd Year Concludes with 26 Participants

• Charter Creates a Credible Sustainability Initiative for U.S. Cleaning Products Industry

Washington, DC, January 26, 2016 – Twenty-six member companies of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) completed the requirements during the second year of ACI’s Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, a voluntary initiative of the cleaning products industry to promote and demonstrate continual improvement in the industry’s sustainability profile.

"ACI’s sustainability mission is to enable our membership to drive improvements in sustainability across our industry and throughout our supply chain," said Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO.

"The ACI Charter for Sustainable Cleaning provides a framework for continual assessment, review, and improvement in sustainability performance at major stages of the product lifecycle."

Companies who sign-up for the Charter must formally commit to the ACI Principles for Sustainability, must participate in ACI’s Sustainability Metrics Program, and work toward implementing a set of Essential Sustainability Procedures and Activities (SPAs).

Charter participants must assure that they have systems in place for continual assessment, review, and improvement of sustainability performance at every important stage of the product lifecycle.

"These Essential Sustainability Procedures and Activities focus on best practices in areas such as raw material selection, resource management, product safety and manufacturing, packaging design, occupational health and safety, and sustainability reporting," Rosenberg said.

Charter Members in 2015 include:

 
 
The ACI Charter is based in part on the A.I.S.E. Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, a voluntary initiative of the European soaps, detergents and maintenance products industry developed by ACI’s sister trade association, A.I.S.E.
 

ACI member companies seeking more information about the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning can contact ACI’s Sustainability Office at sustainability@cleaninginstitute.org.


The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI (www.cleaninginstitute.org) and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.