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As the momentum to go green continues to build across the globe, the number of environmental regulations for reducing hazardous substances keeps growing. At the same time, more and more customers are now setting their own environmental requirements, adding more complexity to the mix. Ignoring the issue is not an option, as the consequences of noncompliance—public relations nightmares, delays resulting in missed consumer trends, blocked shipments, costly redesigns, and scrapped products—can be devastating to your bottom line.
To avoid these costs and enable product stewardship, companies need to precisely identify, track and control a constantly evolving list of high-risk substances—in their products and their supply chain. Additionally, companies must better manage reports that involve testing and certification for products and materials.
Spreadsheets, homegrown databases and manual processes cannot meet this enormous data-management challenge. Companies need a sustainability framework built on a product lifecycle management (PLM) foundation that lets them build environmental compliance into the earliest phases of product development, where decisions have the most impact and disrupt as little as possible.