Nine companies in Australia’s PVC supply chain have been recognized for their excellence in product stewardship in 2016.
Of 44 Signatory companies to the industry’s PVC Stewardship Program, these nine achieved full compliance with all relevant commitments in the Program, including
• Best Practice Manufacturing,
• Safe and Sustainable Use of Additives,
• Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
• Resource Efficiency and
• Transparency and Engagement.
The PVC Stewardship Program, overseen by the Vinyl Council of Australia, has driven continual improvement in the PVC, or vinyl, industry for the past 14 years.
Under the Program, companies commit to meet measurable targets and obligations that reduce the environmental footprint of PVC products in Australia, whether manufactured here or overseas. Companies are required to provide comprehensive reports annually and each is audited periodically by an independent third party.
Signatories are from all parts of the value chain including overseas resin producers, raw material manufacturers and suppliers, trading companies, product manufacturers and distributors.
“The requirements to be met under the Program are challenging,” the Vinyl Council’s PVC Stewardship Manager Ms Laveen Dhillon explained.
“Signatory companies must verify that they or their upstream suppliers meet stringent manufacturing standards set by the Program for raw material sourcing, as well as meet local manufacturing commitments such as in use of additives, or implementing energy and resource efficiency.
“We congratulate the Excellence award winners for demonstrating leadership to others in the industry by achieving full compliance in 2016.”
The PVC Stewardship Program is well supported by the Australian vinyl industry. The Program is a vehicle for members of the industry to work together to advance the sustainability of the value chain and has been successful in changing how vinyl products are made today. In 2016, thirteen companies reported for the first time as new Signatories to the Program, indicating that there is growing interest in the industry in improving its footprint.
For the 2016 report, Ernst & Young conducted limited assurance in relation to the Vinyl Council’s 2016 Annual PVC Stewardship Program Progress Report including auditing the data submissions of nine companies.
Winners of the 2016 PVC Stewardship Excellence Awards announced at a Vinyl Council event in Sydney in late May include:
Australian Plastic Profiles
Australian Vinyls Corporation
Sun Ace Australia