The discipline of product stewardship auditing evolved from environmental, safety, and health auditing to meet the specific challenges of product compliance. Over the years, however, the discipline has developed further to cover compliance across the value chain, including supplied materials and downstream customer or consumer uses. This evolution better addresses overall business risks, and the results demonstrate the importance of product stewardship in creating business value. To this end, companies are advancing their audit activities to include non-traditional assessments, such as those associated with mergers and acquisitions and product sustainability and associated claims, while considering customer obligations and stakeholder expectations. This session will provide insights into some new product stewardship auditing considerations that not only substantiate chemical and product compliance and mitigate risks but also identify the means through which product stewardship can bring value to an organization. The presentation will include examples of items to be considered in developing or expanding a product stewardship audit program.
1 Contact Hour