Chemistry is essential to today’s technologies, including those that underpin the building industry. Some chemicals, however, can cause harmful effects when managed improperly. Green chemistry is a design philosophy that seeks to reduce and eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. As we innovate toward a sustainable tomorrow, we must apply green chemistry to develop solutions that are safer by design.
We believe that all chemistry in the building industry should aspire to be green chemistry.
Employee Spotlight: Meet Eric
"I find great purpose in working towards making the world a better place, not only for now, but for the long-term. As a chemist, I see tremendous opportunity to improve traditional practices and redefine the role of chemistry to innovate more sustainable building materials to safeguard the future of people and the planet."
– Eric (Research Investigator)
Advancing our chemical management processes
In 2021, DuPont de Nemours Inc. implemented an enhanced corporate chemical management policy that details a framework and specific governance practices for managing substances of concern (SoC) globally. The framework is designed to evaluate scenario by scenario, specific and aggregated potential human health and environmental risks, product deselection risks, and risks to our right to operate associated with current and potential regulatory landscapes. The substance and product-based risk assessment outcomes provide a transparent view that support the governance for making informed decisions for excluding the use of a SoC within the development of new products, for discontinuing the use of a SoC in our existing portfolio, for framing risks assumed when considering acquisitions and for supporting the safe use and disposal of our products by our customers. Our enhanced focus on the management and governance of SoC also inherently contributes to our Corporate Sustainability Goals for Safer by Design.