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Smart Innovators: Product Stewardship Solutions

Date: 31 December 2015

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Executive Summary

Product stewardship, the concept of anticipating, addressing and mitigating any negative environmental or health and safety impacts that a product might have at any point in its life cycle, is certainly not a new idea. In fact, bottle return initiatives can be traced back to 1799. In the more recent past – 30 years or so – product stewardship has become much more complex, leading to new challenges for any firms that manufacture, distribute and sell physical products around the globe. In response, a wide variety of solutions have been developed to help firms cope. This report helps decision-makers and executives understand the issues that firms are grappling with at present, issues that will appear in the future, and which solutions, both software and services-based, may be the best-suited to help them overcome those issues.


Smart Innovators: Product Stewardship Solutions
Technology, Regulation And Growing Awareness Are Adding Complexity To The Product Stewardship Landscape

Introducing The Product Stewardship Market
Compliance-Focused Solutions Offer A Mix Of Management Assistance, Regulatory Content And On-Site Services
Voluntary Product Stewardship Focuses Mainly On LCA And Eco Design
Providers of Voluntary Solutions Come From LCA, Sustainability Consulting And Even Environmental Services Backgrounds

The Integration Of Both Solutions and Solution Providers Will Shift The Product Stewardship Landscape In The Coming Years
More Regulatory Challenges Along With Fragmented Accountability Will Lead To Customers Desiring Solutions With Expanded Breadth
Higher Competitive Pressure Will Drive Consolidation And Innovation


Figure 1. Which Countries Follow Which Edition Of GHS?
Figure 2. Defining Product Stewardship
Figure 3. Segmenting The Product Stewardship Market
Figure 4. Capabilities Of Product Stewardship Solution Providers


3E Company, Actio, Anthesis, Assent Compliance, ASTM International, BASF, BOMcheck, CGI, ChemAdvisor, Chemical Footprint Project, Clean Production, CloudSDS, Danone, Ecodesk, Enablon, Enhesa, Enventure, Environmental Defense Fund, ERA Environmental, ERM, European Chemicals Agency, European Union, Gensuite, GreenSoft Technology, ICC Evaluation Service, IHS, Intelex, Intertek, iPoint, Kaiser Permanente, KMI, Lisam Systems, MSDSonline, Nestlé, Nike, Nokia, NSF International, OSHA, PE International, PRé Sustainability, Puma, Pure Strategies, Q Point Technology, Quantis International, Quantum Compliance, Reckitt Benckiser, SafeTec, SAP, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), SiliconExpert Technologies, Sitehawk, Source Intelligence, Staples, Sustainable Minds, The Wercs, thinkstep, Total Parts Plus, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, US Senate, VelocityEHS, Wall Street Journal, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff