The Vinyl Council of Australia has awarded 17 companies that achieved PVC Stewardship Excellence this year.
Companies who have achieved perfect scores in compliance with a set of stringent criteria related to the production and supply of vinyl related products are eligible for the award.
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The Australian PVC Stewardship Program began in 2002 to educate and guide the local vinyl industry to become stewards of their products throughout the entire life cycle of their products.
It binds signatories to continuous improvement in the environmental footprint of their products, whether they manufacture locally or overseas.
Importers and distributors of finished products are required to engage with their entire supply chain overseas to ensure they are compliant to the program.
Signatories are required to report annually against the criteria and each company’s performance is measured and benchmarked against the industry.
The stewardship commitments and targets related to best practice manufacturing, including raw material sourcing, safe and sustainable use of additives, energy and greenhouse gas emissions of PVC product manufacturers, resource efficiency, and transparency and engagement.
The winners of the 2017 Excellence in PVC Stewardship Awards include:
- Australian Plastic Profiles
- Australian Vinyls Corporation
- Baxter Healthcare
- Chemiplas Australia
- Chemson Pacific
- Formosa Plastics Corporation, Taiwan
- Iplex Pipelines Australia
- Primaplas Australia
- PT Asahimas Chemical, Indonesia
- RBM Plastics Extrusions (new signatory in 2017)
- Serge Ferrari (new signatory in 2017)
- Sun Ace Australia
- Speciality Polymers and Chemicals
- Tarkett Australia
- Techplas Extrusions
The Vinyl Council’s PVC Stewardship Manager Laveen Dhillon said all 17 companies have excelled, with 10 of this year’s award recipients receiving the award for the award for the first time, including two signatories that had joined the program in 2017.
“These signatories worked with the Vinyl Council to map out their entire supply chain so as to address relevant program commitments. All the Award recipients should be recognised as industry leaders who have worked in collaboration with their supply chains to meet and exceed program goals” Ms Dhillon said.
“Transparency through the supply chain is essential to improve efficiency, reduce impact and track the practices of suppliers. One signatory reported finding that communication and credibility among its suppliers has improved each year, as it has repeatedly requested stewardship information. We hope transparency and engagement continues to improve in this way.”