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The GC3 has had a very busy few months working on a far-reaching strategic planning process to transform our organization. Last year, the Target Foundation generously funded a three-year grant to significantly grow the impact of the GC3 across global supply chains. We retained skilled strategists Schaffer&Combs, a firm which focuses exclusively on purpose-driven organizations, to work with us. They have extensive experience in the sustainability arena, and their clients range from UNICEF to ZDHC to the Outdoor Industry Association.
The first phase of our work involved internal research to analyze over a decade of successful collaborative GC3 programs, and external research to identify key macro trends, assess bold new opportunities, and tap into the wisdom of leaders in the field. For example, in August, the GC3 hosted a discussion with senior leadership of eight leading chemical suppliers to share experiences and the challenges they face in their efforts to commercialize green chemistry solutions. With our Advisory Board, staff, and other stakeholders, we distilled key areas of leverage for the GC3, and are now working on a new organizational model that will amplify our impact in commercializing and driving adoption of green chemistry solutions across all sectors. As we continue with this work, we will develop a multiyear strategic plan, transform the organization and its structure, and strengthen the brand and financial model. It is an exciting time for the GC3 and we look forward to sharing news about our progress in the months ahead.
In other exciting news, we are pleased to announce that our first GC3 Innovators Roundtable in Europe will occur April 15 - 16, 2020 in Amsterdam. This is an important step in expanding our work into Europe, and space is limited. Registration will open in January, so watch for upcoming announcements. We are moving our US Innovators Roundtable to fall, it will take place September 30 - October 1, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. We look forward to seeing our members and potential new members at both events.
As the year draws to a close, we are always struck by how lucky we are to work with all of you in our mission to mainstream green chemistry. It is a privilege to serve you as members and I wish you the best for the holidays ahead.
The first annual GC3 European Innovators Roundtable, will take place April 15 - 16, 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
As with GC3 Roundtable events, this gathering will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to:
- Exchange stories and best practices for accelerating green chemistry innovation and adoption
Registration for the 2020 GC3 European Innovators Roundtable will open for GC3 members on January 6, 2020, and for the public on February 3, 2020.
The event is co-hosted by AkzoNobel and Kingfisher.
Further information about the 2020 GC3 European Innovators Roundtable can be found on the GC3 website. If you are interested in sponsoring the Roundtable, please contact the GC3’s Operations Manager, Jennifer Landry.
With the addition of a European Roundtable to our schedule this year, we are testing a fall date for our US Innovators Roundtable. The 2020 GC3 US Innovators Roundtable will be hosted by BASF on September 30 - October 1, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Please save the date and stay tuned for more details to come!
The GC3 Supply Chain Working Group will host a half-day session on December 12, 2019 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The GC3 workshop will take place immediately following HCPA’s annual meeting XPAND2019. Chemical manufacturers, formulators, brand companies, and others involved in product supply chains are invited to attend. The event is free and open to all companies, but registration is required. Register now!
The GC3 Supply Chain Working Group was formed in early 2019 to help chemical manufacturers, formulators, brands, and others more effectively identify and develop green chemistry innovations across their supply chains. The December event will give participants a chance to…
For more information on the GC3 Supply Chain Working Group, and the December 12, 2019 meeting, please contact the GC3's Supplier Engagement Lead, Rachel Simon.
This fall, the GC3 kicked off work on a new Collaborative Innovation project on green chemistry alternatives to silicones in consumer products. At a New York City meeting hosted by Estée Lauder, nearly fifty people from thirty different companies came together for a day long GC3 workshop on silicones in personal care products. The focus of the initial meeting was to share information and learning about the current landscape for both silicones and non-silicone alternatives. The group also worked together to jointly develop a set of priority product categories and functional requirements for cyclic siloxane and linear silicone polymer alternatives. As the project develops, the GC3 will be working to facilitate specific steps with the involvement of value chain companies to advance innovation in and adoption of materials that can effectively substitute cyclic siloxanes and linear silicone polymers in personal care products and cosmetics. For more information, or to become involved with the project, please contact the GC3’s Director of Collaborative Innovation, Monica Becker.
Despite all the drama these days in Washington, work continues to get done and the GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance has been very active. The top priority of the GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance has been advancing the bipartisan, bicameral Sustainable Chemistry R&D Act. With a healthy list of seventeen co-sponsors we have developed in the House, it was unanimously voted out of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in October. Just last week, the Senate version passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The bills are very similar and we are now working to reconcile and press for consideration in the full House and Senate. This is very encouraging progress in a turbulent year and we are now recruiting new companies to join the GC3 Sustainable Chemistry Alliance in 2020. For more information, please contact the GC3’s Chief Operating Officer, Michele Jalbert.
We're pleased to welcome the following companies as new members of the GC3!
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For more information on the work of the GC3, email us or call 978-934-2997.
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