Synthetic chemicals bring many benefits to society. Modern life would be unrecognisable without the chemicals that go into almost all the objects and materials we use at home and at work. However, there are a large number of industrial chemicals with many widespread uses, including consumer products, for which there is inadequate data to judge whether they are likely to present a risk to the environment and/or human health.
Defra is the Government’s lead on the development of policy on the sustainable production and consumption of chemicals. In achieving this aim, we work with UK stakeholders to develop solutions that can be applied, at national, European or international level, to reduce the risk of chemicals damaging the environment and/or human health. Defra is keen to ensure that the views of a wide range of stakeholders are taken into account, when developing policies on the sustainable production and consumption of chemicals.
The aims of this project will be :
1. To identify the key gender-related issues which have a link with chemicals policy-making and to recommend how best to have a gender perspective and input to environmental policy and processes;
2. To research the barriers to women's active participation in decision making concerning chemicals manufacture, use and waste management and identify possible solutions, including ethnic diversity;
3. To inform and improve UK and international policy on the issue;
4. To engage with sectors of the public to encourage more sustainable consumer choices.