The Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA) and the United States Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a pathway to reciprocity between their two sustainability programs by sharing best practices and collaborating on sustainability program development.
The collaboration between the VCA’s PVC Stewardship Program and VSC’s +Vantage Vinyl program seeks to promote global harmonisation, broaden recognition of industry leaders, and increase industry participation in these sustainability programs.
“While circumstances vary regionally, sustainability is a global issue and vinyl products participate in a global market,” says Sophi MacMillan, VCA chief executive. “It is in the best interest of the industry and society to work across borders to help the vinyl industry to continue to make progress.”
These sustainability programs serve an important function to advance voluntary improvements in the industry. Working together, member companies can share best practices leading to continuous improvement throughout the industry.
“Many of our members do business throughout the world,” says Jay Thomas, VSC executive director. “Developing a pathway to reciprocity between the various sustainability programs will foster progress by easing the administration burden on companies and encouraging more participation. Increased program participation is a key factor in advancing the sustainability of the industry.”
Companies participating in the PVC Stewardship Program and +Vantage Vinyl programs agree to transparent voluntary commitments and guiding principles of sustainability that are measured and reported on an annual basis. The programs are designed to be inclusive for companies at any stage of the sustainability journey but encourage continuous improvement. The overall performance of member companies is reflected in annual sustainability reporting.
With a significant track record of driving change through the industry since 2002, the VCA’s PVC Stewardship Program is an example of voluntary stewardship bringing benefit to both industry and community through its 40-plus signatories.