Stepan Company Receives 2017 US EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award

EPA Safer Choice Award 2017Stepan Company was named a 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its outstanding achievement in the design and manufacture of surfactant products that are safer for families, workplaces, communities and the environment.

To qualify for the Safer Choice label, a product must meet EPA’s Safer Choice Standard that includes stringent human and environmental health criteria. The Safer Choice program currently has about 500 formulator-manufacturer partners who make more than 2,000 products for both retail and institutional customers.

For more than a decade, Stepan has partnered with EPA’s Safer Choice Program. Stepan was a key stakeholder in the development of the first ingredient screen for surfactants and, in 2006, listed its first five ingredients on CleanGredients, the definitive database of chemical ingredients whose formulations have been pre-approved by the EPA for use in Safer Choice-labeled products.  Since that time, Stepan has listed a total of 30 surfactants in continued support of all manufacturers who seek Safer Choice certification.

In addition, Stepan currently has seven starter formulations listed on CleanGredients that have undergone internal stability and performance testing, and also meet the U.S. EPA Safer Choice certification requirements. These products are designed to help those who are either unfamiliar with the Safer Choice Program or lacked the time, money or resources to develop and certify their own formulations. Stepan is proud to share its learnings and insights gained from years of experience working with its third-party profiler and the U.S. EPA in formulating greener products and with these starter formulations. 

Stepan Company is honored to be among the wide variety of leadership organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies and small- to medium-sized businesses, working to create a safer environment for all. The 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards will be presented during a public ceremony on May 15 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md.

Stepan previously was named as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year in 2015.


About the Awards 

The Safer Choice program, formerly known as the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program, was developed in 1997 and draws upon chemical and environmental expertise from across EPA. EPA developed the Partner of the Year Awards to recognize Safer Choice stakeholders who have furthered the safer chemistry and safer product goals of the Safer Choice program, and winners have demonstrated active and exemplary participation in and promotion of the program. For more information, visit:


About Stepan Company 

Stepan Company was founded in 1932 by Alfred C. Stepan Jr. Headquartered in Northfield, Illinois, Stepan manufactures basic and intermediate chemicals, including surfactants, specialty products, germicidal and fabric softening quaternaries, phthalic anhydride (P.A.), polyurethane polyols and special ingredients for the food, supplement and pharmaceutical markets. For more information, visit