Whereas, the paint and coatings industry has a long history of embracing sustainable practices including protecting and decorating the surfaces of buildings and structures, ships, planes, and automobiles, as well as paints and coatings that provide energy efficiency, disease prevention, and “self-repairing” surface treatments.
Whereas, other examples of positive and constructive industry sustainability practices include resource recovery, eliminating hazardous emissions, offering products formulated to meet specific safety requirements, “life-cycle assessments” to evaluate the relevant environmental impacts that come from preserving and protecting the global infrastructure, and worker and community health and safety programs to protect the workforce that manufactures its products and the communities that use paints and coatings.
Whereas, the industry has and continues to develop and share significant and detailed resources for managing health, safety and environmental responsibilities, highlighting “best management practices” for Environmental Management, Process Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Product Stewardship, Transportation and Distribution, and Community Responsibilities.
Therefore, with respect to sustainable development and sustainability practices:
- The paint and coatings industry will minimize its impact on the environment and public health and safety through the responsible use of natural resources, as well as the adoption of pollution prevention, waste minimization, risk management and product stewardship practices throughout the value chain.
- The paint and coatings industry will use its resources to benefit employees, shareholders and communities in which they operate or sell products.
- The paint and coatings industry supports engagement with employees, representatives of government, public stakeholders, and customers as well as collaboration with communities where the industry operates and where its products are used and sold.