CPCA Sustainability Policy
The famous Brundtland Report, Our Common Future, first defined sustainability as:
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It has three main pillars: economic, environmental, and social.
The core of any sustainability policy must address all three pillars, not just one.
CPCA supports a policy of sustainability that meets the business objectives of its member companies, while preserving the health and safety of its workers and protects both human health and the environment.
The paint and coatings industry has a long history of sustainable practices. These include protecting and decorating the surfaces of buildings and structures, ships, planes and automobiles, as well as paints and coatings that provide energy efficiency, disease prevention and “self-repairing” surface treatments.
Other examples include resource recovery; eliminating hazardous emissions; offering products formulated to meet specific safety requirements; “life cycle assessments” to mitigate the negative environmental impacts that come from preserving and protecting infrastructure, workers and community health; and safety programs protecting the workforce manufacturing its products.
All of these practices help boost living standards and quality of life. Strong, sustainable and balanced growth is the hallmark of this sustainability policy.