Household & Personal Products

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Household & Personal Products industry entities manufacture a wide range of goods for personal and commercial consumption, including cosmetics, household and industrial cleaning supplies, soaps and detergents, sanitary paper products, household batteries, razors and kitchen utensils. Household and personal products entities operate globally and typically sell their products to mass merchants, grocery stores, membership club stores, drug stores, high-frequency stores, distributors and e-commerce retailers. Some entities sell products through independent representatives rather than third-party retail establishments.

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Disclosure Topics (Industry specific) for: Household & Personal Products

Water & Wastewater Management
  • Water Management

    Water is vital to the Household & Personal Products industry, both as a coolant in manufacturing processes and as a main input for many of the industry’s products. Water is becoming a scarce resource around the world because of population growth and increasing consumption, rapid urbanisation, and declining supplies because of subsurface aquifer depletion, drought and climate change. Many entities in this industry have operations in regions of the world facing water scarcity. Without careful planning, entities could face increased costs or lose water access in these regions, which may be a risk to production. Having rigorous checks in place to ensure a steady supply of water to all factories, as well as investing in technology to increase water use efficiency, will help entities reduce water-related risks as water scarcity becomes an increasingly global issue.
Product Quality & Safety
  • Product Environmental, Health and Safety Performance

    The Household & Personal Products industry faces consumer and regulatory scrutiny over the use of chemicals of concern, which have been linked to adverse effects on human health and the environment. These chemicals include persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances and carcinogenic, mutagen or teratogenic chemicals. Isolating and determining causal channels for negative impacts on health and the environment is difficult, which often results in a significant delay between a product’s market introduction and the point at which regulation or public opinion demands entities in the industry to reformulate harmful chemicals. Applicable jurisdictional laws and regulations place restrictions on, or suggest alternatives to, the use of harmful chemicals within the industry. Large retailers have implemented programmes to ban chemicals of concern in the products they sell, placing greater pressure on the industry. Entities that anticipate the changing regulatory landscape and implement stricter processes and testing are more likely to gain a competitive advantage. Early adopters of innovations in green chemistry and the reduction of chemicals of concern may improve profitability by being better able to capture changing customer demand and avoid regulatory burdens.
Product Design & Lifecycle Management
  • Packaging Lifecycle Management

    The Household & Personal Products industry uses a large quantity of materials for product packaging, which often constitutes a significant portion of entities’ expenses. Packaging design, particularly packaging weight, has direct consequences for transportation expenses, which can be significant. The industry also faces pressure from both consumers and large retail outlets to manage the negative environmental externalities associated with packaging because of material extraction and waste. The sustainability performance of packaging depends largely on the type, use and ultimate disposal of materials. However, entities that effectively manage the sustainability characteristics of their product packaging—including developing light-weight, using recycled content and recyclable materials and adopting sustainably sourced materials—may be positioned better to capture shifting consumer demand and avoid (or mitigate) the effects of regulation related to extended producer responsibility. By managing the sustainability of product packaging, entities also potentially can reduce input and transportation costs.
Supply Chain Management
  • Environmental & Social Impacts of Palm Oil Supply Chain

    Palm oil has increased in popularity as a cheap input for a wide range of goods in the Household & Personal Products industry, including cleaning products, candles and cosmetics. Palm oil harvesting in specific regions of the world may contribute to deforestation, GHG emissions and other environmental and social problems. If not sourced responsibly, palm oil materials contribute to environmental and social externalities that can present reputational and regulatory risks for entities. Furthermore, entities in this industry are exposed to the risk of supply chain disruptions, input price increases and reputational damage associated with environmental and social externalities from palm oil sourcing. Entities face pressure to track and responsibly source palm oil and ensure minimum working condition standards in the supply chain, because palm oil production often is associated with labour issues. Implementing sourcing standards can reduce these risks, as can product-design phase innovations to reduce dependence on controversial materials such as palm oil.

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