Supply Chain Working Group (SCWG)

GC3 SCWGThe GC3 launched the Supply Chain Working Group in 2019 to provide a forum for brands, formulators, and chemical manufacturers to address the unique challenges they face in effectively responding to increasing market demand for safer, more sustainable chemical ingredients. This group focuses on sharing, delivering information and creating dialogue around the needs to advance the development, commercialization and adoption of green chemistry solutions.

It is one thing for the market to demand green chemistry alternatives, and quite another for suppliers, product manufacturers and brands to be able to deliver those solutions quickly and cost-effectively – while matching the performance of incumbent chemicals. As a convener of the entire value chain, the GC3 recognizes those challenges and is working to help suppliers to accelerate the commercialization of green chemistry by establishing the Supply Chain Working Group.

For more information on the Supply Chain Working Group or the Circular Economy project, please contact gc3info@greenchemistryandcommerce.org.

Circular Economy Project

Through research and stakeholder discussion, the GC3 Circular Economy Program aims to highlight the synergies between green chemistry and the circular economy to enable and optimize the adoption of both.

Over the last decade, the concept of a “circular economy” has gained considerable momentum. A circular economy is regenerative and restorative by design. It is based on the principles of

natural systems. Because the inputs that go into such an economy can remain in the system, and remain useful, for much longer, the economy would consume far fewer resources, and produce far less waste.

Retailers, brands, formulators, and chemical manufacturers are increasingly challenged to achieve multiple sustainability objectives, such as those outlined in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including carbon reduction and circularity. There are increasing policy, marketplace, and investor demands for more circular materials and products. Additionally, a number of recent analyses and policy proposals for imple­menting circular economy approaches highlight the need for safer, more sustainable chemicals as a key prerequisite. GC3 has been at the forefront of these conversations, exploring the connections between green chemistry and the circular economy for the last several years. More recently, GC3 developed a report The GC3 Blueprint of Green Chemistry Opportunities for a Circular Economy (GC3 Blueprint) discussing how green chemistry can support and amplify the circular economy goals, as developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, to help companies throughout the value chain harness the power of green chemistry to meet the growing need for a more sustainable economy.

The GC3 Blueprint frames discussions for a new forum in 2021, the GC3 Circular Economy discussion group.  The GC3 Circular Economy discussion group is dedicated to exploring the connection between green chemistry and the circular economy, meeting monthly to share best practices, challenges, and lessons learned from companies on their journey towards adopting green chemistry and a circular economy.

For more information on the GC3 Blueprint report or the GC3 Circular Economy discussion group, please contact gc3info@greenchemistryandcommerce.org.