Driving Change: Cascale Policy Priorities

We are dedicated to driving positive change within the consumer goods industry through proactive advocacy, setting the stage for a sustainable future driven by smart, harmonized regulations and collaboration.

Read about our policy priorities below.

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From driving circularity and sustainability in our sector to promoting responsible practices, our industry is facing several key challenges that can only be addressed through collaborative partnerships, groundbreaking tools, and trusted leadership for industry sustainability.

As the world continues to confront mounting challenges like environmental degradation, social injustice, and economic volatility, Cascale centers its strategic plan around three foundational impact goals:

  • Combating Climate Change
  • Ensuring Decent Work for All
  • Shaping a Nature-Positive Future

Given our focus, we have outlined our priorities for policy decision-makers to play their part in driving systemic change in our sector.

While our policy priorities directly stem from our strategic plan and impact goals, the aim of the priorities outlined below will be used to encourage policymakers to focus on the areas that will foster meaningful and impactful change for our sector.

Our Policy Priorities

Harmonizing global regulatory frameworks

To create change on a global scale, a level of comparability must be created, to understand where we are and what must be achieved to move towards a global level playing field. While true harmonization of global legislation would be the perfect outcome, national and regional specificities must be taken into consideration. Recognizing the role of established industry initiatives while relying on global standards and certifications as well as strengthening national enforcement of existing legislation would constitute the essential first steps on that journey and paramount to achieving progress in the areas of climate change, decent work, and a nature-positive future.

Fostering collaborative partnerships

Collaboration between all actors within the supply chain is needed to tackle the most pressing societal as well as environmental challenges. From policymakers to manufacturers, from brands and retailers to consumers, partnerships are key to promoting better understanding between stakeholders and to co-create solutions that drive rapid progress at scale.

Driving change through data collection

Utilizing the power of data is paramount to enable businesses to meet their climate, social, and environmental responsibilities. Due to the globalized nature of the industry, the development of common reporting standards, that work across regions, will help businesses of all sizes to better understand their climate, environmental, and social impacts and implement effective mitigation strategies.

Combatting Climate Change

Promoting low-carbon tech and a sustainable, just, and fair energy transition

A prerequisite for successfully combating climate change lies in a science-based reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the transition to renewable energy. This must include the elimination of coal-powered energy in favor of renewable electricity, as well as the promotion of energy efficiency at all levels of the supply chain. Combating climate change will rely heavily on the uptake of new, innovative approaches and technologies. Through the promotion of green bonds or trade

cooperation, for example, companies can accelerate the uptake and deployment of low-carbon solutions.

Ensuring Decent Work For All

Promoting responsible business and purchasing practices

Companies have to navigate the increasing complexity and global nature of supply chains and support building capacities for sharing reliable information across supply chains. As such, due diligence requirements should support companies’ efforts in the areas of environmental and social impacts. In addition, companies should be encouraged to adopt responsible purchasing practices that strengthen social and environmental protection across the value chain.

Shaping a Nature-Positive Future

Streamlining circular design

Designing out the environmental impact of a product is critical to moving towards a more circular system. As such, through incentivized circular design practices brands, retailers, and manufacturers can make sustainable products become the norm.

Establishing a common framework for green claims

Consumers and businesses need a level playing field when it comes to understanding and making environmental claims, respectively. In order to incentivize the industry to work towards minimizing its impact on nature, harmonized legislation with a common, comparable, science-based methodology for assessing environmental claims is needed.

Harmonizing waste mitigation efforts

Across the globe, a common approach is needed to establish clear waste categorization rules to enable designers and manufacturers to make circular and sustainable choices. In doing so, waste generation can be mitigated, and valuable secondary resources can be fed back into the system.

How We’re Creating an Impact

Impact Programs

We provide a space for small and big brands, retailers, manufacturers, and affiliates, as well as other interested stakeholders, to share their viewpoints and experiences, and learn in a pre-competitive environment.

Higg Index Tools

The Higg Index is a suite of five tools that aim to standardize a collective effort of sustainability across the supply chain. We developed these tools to help organizations make the best choices based on the information at hand, because systematic change starts by identifying, understanding and measuring areas of improvement to make a comprehensive plan.

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