Product Stewardship Plan


Stepan Company is a member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), which represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC’s member companies, through ACC’s participation with the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), are actively engaged with the Global Product Strategy (GPS). GPS, which is designed to meet United Nation's Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management, is an innovative program to improve product stewardship within the chemical industry and with suppliers and customers throughout the chain of commerce. Companies engaged in GPS, including Stepan Company, are committed to make relevant product stewardship information on chemicals in commerce publicly available.

Our product stewardship summaries are intended to give general information about the chemical or categories of chemicals addressed. They are not intended to provide an in-depth discussion of health and safety information. Additional information is available through the chemical’s applicable safety data sheet (SDS), which should be consulted before use of the chemical. The product stewardship summary does not supplant or replace required regulatory and / or legal communication documents.

Stepan Company has prioritized the chemicals we manufacture and are using this tiered approach to create our product stewardship summaries. Product stewardship summaries have been completed for those chemicals identified as being a high priority. To determine whether a chemical is classified as a high priority, several criteria were examined. Stepan Company first reviewed if the chemical was included in an area of high concern under national and / or international regulation. Examples of chemicals that fall under national and / or international regulation include those that are considered to be PBTs (Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic), CMRs (Carcinogens, Mutagens and Reproductive Toxins) and those restricted by other regulations or international conventions. Another factor used to determine high priority chemicals was the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS Classification), including those that had the most severe classification for flammability or skin corrosion. Approximately three percent of Stepan Company's chemicals met the high priority standards.

Product stewardship summaries have been prepared for all high priority chemicals manufactured by Stepan Company. Product stewardship summaries have been added directly to Stepan Company's product bulletins, which can be found under the "Products" tab on Stepan Company's website.