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Management Approach: Product Stewardship

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Protecting associates, customers and the environment by providing safe products is a priority for Avient. We review the safety of our products from our raw material suppliers through product development and manufacturing to end applications at the customer.

Product Stewardship supports the Avient portfolio by providing information related to the safe use, handling of products, and complying with global and local regulations. Continuous customer communications on product safety related to new and existing applications are an integral part of understanding the health and safety impacts of our product portfolio from product development to final disposal. Where it makes sense, we have gone beyond basic legal requirements, such as Responsible Care certification and implementation of the Product Safety Code. For 2020, there have been zero incidences of non-compliance with both legally required and voluntary labeling standards and zero incidences of product recalls in the markets we serve for this reporting period. 

 

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Avient is committed to global standards for product stewardship. We are actively involved in various associations including the American Chemistry Council (ACC), European MasterBatchers and Compounders (EuMBC) and Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA). Industry best practices and efforts to minimize impacts of our products on human health and the environment are based on a combination of lessons learned through these outreach programs and compliance. 
Product Stewardship uses the American Chemistry Council’s prioritization tool and associated risk assessment methodology to identify, document and communicate environmental, health and safety impacts of our products. Only 5% or less of our products by total sales revenue are classified as Global Harmonized System (GHS) category 1 and 2. These classifications and other relevant pieces of information, like form, contribute to the overall prioritization. These classifications and other relevant pieces of information, contribute to the overall prioritization. Given the nature of
the many solid polymers that we manufacture, hazards are encapsulated and not biologically available for exposure when used as intended. The majority of our products are not labeled or transported as hazardous materials. Despite this, we are committed to the process and have completed 30% of prioritized risk assessments. As a result of these assessments, we may publish additional product stewardship summaries to update our associates and customers on current data associated with intended use and material handling considerations. 

We maintain data related to the environmental, health and safety of our products in our product stewardship database. The information is reviewed and updated continuously. Through this data, we create safety data sheets, customer certification statements for appropriate use and product safety improvements. 

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In many instances, we have gone beyond basic legal requirements, such as our achieving Responsible Care® certification and implementation of the Product Safety Code. There have been zero incidences of non-compliance with these legal, voluntary or labeling requirements for this reporting period. Avient is proud to be actively involved with the ACC, EuMBC and TDMA associations.

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Global Chemical Management

The current and future focus is on continued Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) assessments and communication on the safe handling of these substances. Many other countries are following suit on the EU REACH chemicals regulation. In late 2020, we successfully completed the pre-registration for both Turkey REACH (KKDIK) and Eurasia REACH (EAEU-REACH). 

We also completed notifications associated with our European portfolio as it relates to the Poison Control Center Notifications. We continue to monitor risk assessments associated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) inventory reset rule. At this time, we believe we have no materials subject to EPA risk assessments. 

Management and monitoring these global inventory changes and other emerging issues by our regional product stewardship experts ensures a quick evaluation and proactive response to potential regulatory risks. This commitment to managing and monitoring these business activities is demonstrated through our Global Chemical Management Policy

REACH reclassifications of substances as the result of European Chemical Agency (ECHA) review continues to be a challenge for Avient. In 2021, a raw material authorization project has been established to formalize and standardize a global reclassification methodology as a result of continued REACH dossier evaluations and Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). In this way, we will continually monitor and measure hazardous components and products within the portfolio. Changes associated with REACH data evaluation has the potential to change the approval and intended use for critical raw materials within sensitive applications, like food, drug or medical. It is expected that this process will drive opportunities for sustainable replacement initiatives. By design, this project feeds into to another sustainability sub-committee and business unit technology initiatives regarding development of sustainable solutions. 

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Product Excellence 

Avient subscribes to the ISO9001 standard for Quality Management. External third-
party certification of these management systems are an important part of ensuring our products are both safe and produced in alignment with industry standard best practices. 

Avient has 103 facilities with 73% of all our manufacturing sites worldwide certified to Quality and Environmental Management Systems and standards. Combined, these facilities have a total of 205 certifications to an ISO or Management System and standards. For this reporting period, there have been no major non-conformances associated with these management systems. There have been zero product recalls associated with the quality of Avient products. For our sensitive applications, in addition to ISO9001, we have implemented ISO 13485 and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP). 100% of our facilities producing those sensitive applications and warehouses are GMP audited within a 3–year period. There were no significant audit findings for those facilities audited in this reporting period. 

Avient recognizes that given our location in the supply chain we are well positioned to enable sustainability along the value chain, through innovation at the earliest stages of the product life cycle. 

In 2021, we anticipate formalizing and standardizing our approach to Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Product Carbon Footprint (PCF). Our goal in 2021 is to develop processes and procedures and a position statement on critical customer information, and fully prioritize the product portfolio in all critical markets/materials.