14-1002 v2.X Non-Disclosure Agreements (Part II)

Question:

Within the past week we have had three manufacturers inform us that they are not willing to provide the level of ingredients information required by LBC unless we are willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement. We were unable to find anything about non-disclosure agreements in the Handbooks or the Dialogue.There was, however, a query about making Declare "a third party review process to confirm compliance but also keep formulations secret." ILFI's response on April 5, 2013 stated: "The Declare program does not allow manufacture to privately disclose ingredients because we believe that encouraging transparency through open and honest conversation is fundamental to transforming the materials market place."Are we correct in our assumption that the LBC will not allow us to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with a manufacturer in order to collect the required supporting documentation?

Answer:

The Institute does not allow private disclosure of ingredients information to satisfy Red List transparency Red List requirements; a non-disclosure agreement can be used to facilitate research, but not as documentation. However, if the team is unable to find a manufacturer willing to publicly disclose ingredients, the team may use Exception I10-E4 Proprietary Ingredients per the v3.0 August 2014 Materials Petal Handbook (MPH p.8).


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