Environment and Product Stewardship Council

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The Environment and Product Stewardship Council in Europe, was established in 1991 and brings together Environment Leaders from multi-national companies to learn best practices, strategies and new solutions to environmental issues. 

The vouncil focuses on strategic, management, regulatory, and compliance issues related to the environment and product stewardship, and the Council takes an impartial look at the key policy and scientific issues that underlie existing or proposed regulatory policies.

Members explore challenges that arise from plant- and product-oriented environmental legislation and social pressure, and discusses best practices for efficient and innovative management. In an effort to anticipate future legal requirements, it also keeps members informed about current issues in European environmental policy. To stay abreast of the latest thinking, the Council focuses on cutting edge thinking on the latest issues.

Environmental Management and Product Stewardship are changing and the expectations of top management and stakeholders are high. It starts with good regulatory oversight and compliance with environmental regulations.

A sound understanding of current and future environmental law and practices provides the foundation for proactive and cutting-edge environmental management. But in modern times there is more to it than compliance and anticipating new regulations.

Climate change, eco-design, resource efficiency, and the ‘closed loop’ economy continue to pose new challenges. Environmental management involves relations with governmental agencies as well as a range of stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, customers, and investors.

Some topics of interest:

  • Climate change 
  • Eco-design
  • Resource Efficiency. Water, Carbon and Waste Targets, Use and Risks. Alternate materials. Chemical management
  • Circular Economy
  • Responsible sourcing. Supplier Assessment Programs
  • Risk-based thinking in ESH management

The power of peer learning

Enduring relationships with trusted peers are the core of the council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the value of council membership. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.

Council membership benefits

Collective problem solving that puts your issue on the agenda Benchmarking through regular surveys of council members about relevant company practices Multifunctional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives gathered from over 100 councils (covering more than 50 functions) that work together across geographies Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums and other resources

Who should join?

Senior executives of multinational companies responsible for environmental affairs, sustainability and product stewardship issues.

What members say

“The Council allows an exchange of know-how and experiences in an open, transparent and confidential way between industry representatives from a wide variety of activities and with respect for each other’s level of knowledge and background.” - Marc Vanden Bosch, Etex Group N.V.

What Happens at a Meeting?

  • Presentations by members with examples, experiencetopics on topics selected by members
  • Discussions on leading edge or “day to day” issues picked by and moderated by members
  • Panels where 2-3 members share experiences on a topic
  • 1-2 Presentations by external experts on topics selected by members

Council Director:

Lucas Bergkamp, Council Director and Partner, Hunton & Willliams

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