Awards & Recognition

CSPA’s Accomplishments

For The Year 2016


Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today named the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) a winner of its 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award. Eight member companies of the trade association were also recognized as Partners of the Year by the Safer Choice Program.

The Safer Choice Program is aimed at identifying alternative chemistries and chemicals for use in consumer and institutional products through a labeling initiative. Companies voluntarily submit detailed product ingredient information to the EPA for review against a set of criteria to earn the right to use the “Safer Choice” logo on their products. The program is now working with 500 partner organizations and has qualified more than 2,000 institutional and consumer products — with a broad range of cleaning home care and custodial uses – to use the Safer Choice label. Dozens of CSPA member companies have earned the right to display this icon on their labels after submitting products to EPA for ingredient and performance review.

“As the leading consumer and institutional product trade association representing a number of Safer Choice partners, we are working with the program to increase ingredient transparency so that users of those products know more about what’s in them,” said Chris Cathcart, CSPA President and CEO. “We congratulate the eight CSPA member companies named 2016 Safer Choice Partners of the Year.” CSPA members honored include: BASF, Bissell, Clean Control, Clorox, Ecolab, Osprey, RB and Virox.

Cathcart said the program has benefits for both consumers and businesses because household and institutional products makers are incentivized to innovate – reformulating some existing products and developing new ones that will meet Safer Choice program criteria.

CSPA also supports Safer Choice by making its Consumer Products Ingredient Dictionary Guides available to all companies participating in the program as a tool for standardizing and defining ingredient names. CSPA was recognized for “its efforts in developing a dictionary that, among other attributes, highlights chemicals that have met Safer Choice safer chemical criteria.” Safer Choice also acknowledged CSPA’s collaborative spirit and engagement of stakeholders, praising its efforts to register antimicrobial products in the “Design for the Environment (DfE) Antimicrobial Pesticide Pilot Project.”

CSPA established its own voluntary consumer product ingredient communications program and worked with the EPA as it developed its ingredient communication requirements in the original Design for the Environment program.   Both the EPA DfE and the CSPA voluntary ingredient communication programs were acknowledged by Walmart as the two recommended guides for ingredient disclosure in its 2014 Policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables.

CSPA is one of 24 Safer Choice 2016 Partner of the Year award winners announced by the EPA. These award winners represent a wide variety of leadership organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, small- and medium-sized businesses, state governments, and non-governmental organizations. The 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards will be presented during a public ceremony on May 9 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

More on the 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners can be found here.

For the official EPA press release click here.


Centers for Disease Control Acknowledges CSPA Companies for Contributions to Zika Relief Effort

During last week’s Zika Action Plan Summit hosted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA, officials from the CDC and CDC Foundation acknowledged several private sector organizations for donating and providing logistical aid to the Zika relief effort.

At a town hall session on solutions through public-private sector collaborations, Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, CDC, acknowledged several organizations, including the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) for its help in facilitating donations from consumer products companies for “Zika Prevention Kits,” that are being distributed to pregnant women in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. He presented the association with an engraved award from the CDC Foundation. Consumer companies that donated to the effort and were also recognized by the CDC Director included: 3M, Church & Dwight, CRC Industries, RB, SC Johnson, Summit Chemical Company, and United Industries Corporation (Spectrum Brands).

The goal of the Zika Action Plan Summit was to accelerate the nation’s preparedness and ability to respond to the Zika Virus outbreak, which the CDC has designated a “public health emergency.” Representatives attended from the White House and state and local governments.

“We would like to commend summit organizers, Tom Frieden and Amy Pope (Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor National Security Council Staff of the White House) for their leadership on this important public health issue, along with their public health partners, and all the private companies that have participated in Zika relief,” said Phil Klein, Executive Vice President, Legislative & Public Affairs, CSPA. “This effort, in response to a widespread public health threat, is an excellent example of what can be achieved when public and private organizations collaborate for the greater good.”

According to the CDC and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of the best ways to protect against contracting the Zika virus is to use EPA-registered mosquito repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET (chemical name N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) to ward off potentially-infected Aedes mosquitoes.

The DEET Task Force, which is managed by the Research & Regulatory Management Council, an affiliated program of CSPA, has published information regarding the proper use of DEET products on its website, DEETonline.org.

CSPA’s Accomplishments

For The Year 2015


Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today named the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) a winner of its 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award.

The Safer Choice Program, formerly known as the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program, is aimed at identifying alternative chemistries and chemicals for use in consumer and institutional products through a labeling initiative. Companies may voluntarily submit detailed information about their product ingredients to the EPA for review and subsequently earn the right to use a “Safer Choice” logo on their products. The Safer Choice Program uses specific criteria to determine if a product may display the logo.

“This program helps increase ingredient communication transparency for users of consumer and institutional products, and it helps companies achieve increased sustainability,” said Chris Cathcart, CSPA President and CEO. “A number of CSPA member companies have been incentivized to innovate to meet the criteria of the EPA Safer Choice program. We congratulate CSPA member companies Stepan, Osprey Biotechnics, Inc. and Wexford Labs on also being named 2015 Safer Choice Partners of the Year.”

“CSPA has made a concerted effort to work collaboratively with representatives of federal and state governments, NGOs and industry to advance communication about what is in consumer and Institutional products. We are honored to receive this award, which is a recognition of those efforts,” said Cathcart.

CSPA established its own voluntary consumer product ingredient communications program and worked with U.S. EPA DfE as it developed its ingredient communication requirements in the original Design for the Environment program. Both the EPA DfE and CSPA voluntary ingredient communication programs were also acknowledged by Walmart as the two recommended guides for ingredient disclosure in its 2014 Policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables.

CSPA is one of 21 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners announced by the EPA for this year. Partner of the Year award winners represent a wide variety of leadership organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, small- and medium-sized businesses, state governments, and non-governmental organizations. The 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards will be presented during a public ceremony on June 22, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. More on the 2015 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-choice-partner-year-awards

CSPA’s Accomplishments

For The Year 2012


Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award

CSPA was awarded the U.S. Humane Society top award for the protection of pets. CSPA, the U.S. Humane Society and Honeywell negotiated a provision that provides liability protection on the bittering agent and requires manufacturers to add the bittering agent in antifreeze.

CSPA has worked in tandem with the Humane Society of the United States to develop model state legislation that requires engine coolant and antifreeze to contain a bittering agent so as to render it unpalatable to humans and animals. The Association has been active in the successful passage of such legislation in several states.

To date, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin have enacted such laws to help prevent the accidental or intentional poisoning of people, pets and other animals as a result of ingesting antifreeze or engine coolant.

CSPA advocates that any antifreeze or engine coolant that contains more than 10 percent ethylene glycol and is manufactured after a specified date, shall include denatonium benzoate (DB) at a minimum of 30 parts per million and a maximum of 50 parts per million as a bittering agent within the product so as to render it unpalatable.

The model legislation provides necessary liability limitation for the manufacturers of antifreeze or engine coolant who do not produce the bittering agent and would be required to include it in their products. It is a matter of fundamental fairness and equity that this legislation provides limitation of liability for manufacturers of antifreeze or engine coolant and stipulates that bittering agent manufacturers maintain liability for their product. Under the liability limitation included in the model bill, antifreeze manufacturers would remain liable for antifreeze.

On February 21, The New York Times ran a story by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Deborah Blum about making antifreeze less deadly for pets and people. Ms. Blum interviewed Phil Klein, Executive VP of Legislative Affairs for CSPA, and reported on the agreement reached between CSPA and the U.S. Humane Society that has now become law in 17 states.

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