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Using a value chain approach to reduce chemicals of concern

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Using a value chain approach to reduce chemicals of concern

Chemicals of concern (CoCs) contained in everyday products can have harmful impacts on human health and the environment. While chemical-related impacts can often occur during a product’s use or end-of-life, decisions influencing product ingredients are taken further upstream of the value chain. Action to address CoCs in products thus need to consider the entire value chain and impactful interventions need to be made at upstream stages to protect human health and the environment from chemical pollution. UNEP is working on guidance, tools and national pilot projects to support the building, electronics and toy sectors with this task as part of the work on component 2 of the GEF-funded project ‘Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under SAICM’.The tools and guidance developed aim to accelerate the adoption of measures by governments and private sector value chains to track and control CoCs in supply chains of the three target sectors