The Charter for Sustainable Cleaning is a voluntary lifecycle-based framework that promotes a common industry approach to sharing and reporting best practices for sustainability.
The Charter consists of three required components:
- Charter companies must formally commit to the ACI Principles for Sustainability
The Principles of Sustainability represent the commitments to human health, environmental quality, social well-being, and economic growth ACI and its members companies are aiming to advance. It is through these principles ACI hopes to achieve the mission 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.
Read the ACI Principles for Sustainability.
- Charter companies must participate in ACI’s Sustainability Metrics Program
The Sustainability Metrics Program is an ACI initiative to report a common set of industry-wide sustainability metrics encompassing both its packaged goods and ingredient supplier members. The goal of the initiative is to publicly report data that drives sustainability performance improvements across the industry. The results are used to gain insight to trends within the industry and are published in ACI’s public Sustainability Report.
Metrics are collected in four categories:
Energy Use (electricity, steam, and fuel)
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CO2 equivalents)
Learn more and see the most recent statistics.
- Charter companies must work toward implementing a set of Essential Sustainability Procedures and Activities (SPAs)
The Sustainability Procedures and Activities (SPAs) are set forth as best practices for continual assessment, review, and improvement of sustainability performance at important stages of the product lifecycle. Implementation of these procedures can be a starting point for a company to begin to address key issues in product manufacturing and work toward becoming a sustainable business.
Raw Material and Packaging Selection: Select raw materials and packaging with consideration of the three pillars of sustainability over the full lifecycle of the product
Occupational Health and Safety: Understand the occupational health and safety impacts and ensure risks are effectively controlled
Manufacturing Environmental Management: Monitor and understand the environmental impacts of operation
Internal Target Setting: Set internal targets for improving the company’s sustainability performance
Finished Product Safety Evaluation: Ensure products are safe for consumers’/customers’ use
Ingredient Communication: Provide consumers with information about the ingredients found in products
Post-Market Surveillance System: Monitor products in the marketplace as a basis for continual improvement
Product Recall System: Maintain a system for the recall of products in the event that faults become evident