Life cycle management is a formal part of our product introduction process worldwide. When we develop a new product, we ask important questions at the start: How can we reduce the product’s impact on the environment? How will we distribute it? And how will it ultimately be disposed of? We consider all the environmental, health, and safety implications of bringing that particular product into the world.
We adopted a new Life Cycle Management Policy in 2001 requiring all of our business units to conduct life cycle reviews for all new and existing products. With hundreds of new products introduced each year, we have a continuous flow of opportunities to improve the environmental, health, and safety effects of the things we make.