October 24, 2017
“Although efforts for chemicals disclosure laws have been “percolating for years,” said Deb Fiddelke, senior director of government relations at SC Johnson, what made this finally work is the cooperation of NGOs and industry players. She said that negotiations began in April and a final agreement was reached in July.
“This is the first bill that is workable for consumers and the industry,” Fiddelke said.
Consumer demand has been a major driver in getting companies behind transparency legislation, said Jamie McConnell, director of programs and policy for Women’s Voices for the Earth.
“Companies saw the writing on the wall and knew it was the right thing to do,” she said. “We’ve been seeing companies creating voluntary disclosure policies on their own … Legislation helps level the playing field.’”