HCPA, ACI named EPA Safer Choice Partners of the Year

Written on: November 3, 2022 by SprayTM

The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) is proud to announce that it has received a 2022 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award. The Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards recognize the contributions of Safer Choice partners and stakeholders who have shown outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, selection, and use of products with safer chemicals. This is the seventh time in eight years that HCPA has received this honor.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized once again as an EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year,” said Steve Caldeira, President & CEO, HCPA.

“The Safer Choice program is an invaluable resource that helps consumers and workers identify products that possess an exemplary environmental, health, and safety profile. Not only do our member companies formulate and manufacture products that meet the Safer Choice standard, but the Association has been – and continues to be – a strong champion of the program through member communications, consumer and trade media outreach, and advocacy efforts. Most significantly, we organized a successful coalition of diverse stakeholders to advocate for and restore the Safer Choice program when its existence was threatened by an Agency reorganization. It is with immense
gratitude that we accept this award and support the Safer Choice program.”

HCPA congratulated member companies Bona US, Church & Dwight Co., Jelmar, Novozymes North America,
PurposeBuilt Brands, Reckitt, The Clorox Co., and The Procter & Gamble Co., who also received 2022 Safer
Choice Partner of the Year Awards.

The American Cleaning Institute

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), the trade association for the U.S. cleaning product supply chain, was also named as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year. ACI was recognized as an outstanding Safer Choice Supporter.

Throughout 2021, ACI met with EPA staff to better understand how the association can support Safer Choice and provided a forum for EPA staff to share information about the program with ACI members.

“Many ACI member companies have products and chemistries that are recognized by the EPA Safer Choice program. ACI is proud to have supported the program for over a decade through ongoing work with EPA staff,” said Melissa Hockstad, ACI’s President & CEO. “We look forward to continuing that work well into the future.”

ACI also educated members, through a webinar and corresponding resources, on how programs like Safer Choice can show consumers that the ingredients in their products have been reviewed for safety criteria for human health and the environment. In turn, ACI created a resource to help consumers learn about certifications like Safer Choice.

ACI also enhance consumer awareness of Safer Choice through regular posts on its social media channels, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Safer Choice is a voluntary EPA program that certifies products made with ingredients that are safer for people, pets,
and the planet. Safer Choice products undergo careful evaluation against a stringent set of human health and
environmental criteria, and a product can only carry the Safer Choice label if it contains those ingredients that pose the
least concern among chemicals in their class. HCPA has consistently advocated for the Safer Choice program, educated
member companies on the program requirements, and facilitated dialogue between the household and commercial
products industry and the EPA.