Borealis has a clear vision to minimise the risk to people and the environment posed by using chemicals. The Company follows all regulatory developments in the countries where it operates and sells its products, and has introduced a system that allows it to anticipate growing consumer concern about certain chemicals that are also used in its processes and products. This Hazardous Chemicals Strategy will enable Borealis to develop products for the market of tomorrow.
Borealis' Product Stewardship group monitors developments in both regulation and public perception for all relevant hazardous chemicals that either fulfil, or are suspected to fulfil, SVHC criteria1. The substances are ranked by their risk, using a tailor-made tool. Data about the highest risk substances are collected and analysed and the case is presented to the Product Stewardship Committee. This is a cross-functional body which also includes representatives of the business sectors, innovation and operations departments. The Committee thoroughly discusses these high-risk substances and their use by Borealis, and decides if a risk mitigation project should be started for the cases discussed. A mitigation project can comprise a substitution project, technical solutions to enhance chemical transformations or improve processes, new installations to guarantee safe handling in Borealis' plants, or active collaboration in the supply chain.
1) SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) criteria as defined in Article 57 of the REACH Regulation: CMR (carcinogenic category 1A or 1B, germ cell mutagenic category 1A or 1B, toxic for reproduction category 1A or 1B), PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic), vPvB (very persistent and very bioaccumulative), and substances that give rise to an equivalent level of concern (e.g. endocrine disruptors)
Open communication to internal and external stakeholders is one of the cornerstones of Responsible Care®. Borealis takes this obligation very seriously. This webpage allows every interested person to find information about substances that Borealis has banned for use in its production processes and products, as well as examples of successful substitutions of hazardous chemicals and some position statements regarding "hot topics".
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