Product stewardship concerns how we communicate information on the potential health, safety and environmental impacts of products.
Key elements in our product stewardship programme include:
New product introduction assessment. Before we launch products we ensure that they comply with or exceed all applicable safety legislation and meet our internal standards. Products assessments identify potential health, safety or environmental hazards, and verify compliance with product safety and chemical control legislation in intended markets. The assessment considers the potential for health or environmental impacts across the product life-cycle from product development to manufacturing, distribution, industrial or consumer use, to eventual recovery or disposal. In 2012, we assessed more than 1,300 raw materials used in our lubricant products globally.