ACI Charter for Sustainable Cleaning
The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) Charter for Sustainable Cleaning ("Charter") is a common, voluntary approach of the cleaning products industry to promote and demonstrate continual improvement in the industry’s sustainability profile.
ACI defines sustainability as:
"The ability to improve the quality of life for this and future generations, by creating products that promote hygiene and cleanliness, are environmentally sound, and are economically successful."
ACI’s sustainability mission is 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."
This Charter is a major initiative of ACI to fulfill this mission.
Designed to go beyond basic legal requirements, the Charter is a framework for driving the industry toward common sustainability goals by requiring companies to have systems in place for continual assessment, review, and improvement of sustainability performance at every important stage of the product lifecycle, including raw material selection, resource use, product specification, manufacturing, end-use and disposal of products and packaging, and occupational health and safety.
Companies participating in the Charter demonstrate their commitment to continuous improvement of key aspects of sustainability across these stages of the cleaning product supply chain. ACI is implementing the Charter in the spirit of ongoing and open dialogue with all interested parties. The Charter will evolve over time as experience develops and feedback is obtained.