VinylPlus is the voluntary sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry. It aims at creating a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain. PVC is made from salt, oil and natural gas and is one of the most widely used plastics in the world with a wide range of applications such as window frames, water pipes, flooring, packaging, cables, credit cards, and a whole range of lifesaving medical applications!
The 6th edition of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum in Madrid, Spain, on the 16th and 17th May 2018 will have the theme “Meeting Societal Needs”.
Population growth is a major issue worldwide. Our society is facing, and will continue to face, critical challenges to fulfill basic societal needs in many areas such as infrastructure, water and energy supply, food, medical care for the ageing population etc.
The 2018 Forum will explore how industry can provide concrete and sustainable solutions and contribute to human wellbeing. The focus will be on policy frameworks and agreements by governments, political groups and industries to identify drivers that will incentivise businesses and their alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
On the way to a more sustainable society we need high quality and affordable products which are accessible to a large segment of the population. The whole value chain must work together to provide quality and durable products which, at the end of their useful life, can be recycled and re-introduced back into the economy for the benefit of the consumer and society as a whole. Here the role of industry voluntary commitments such as VinylPlus is crucial.
We look forward to welcoming you at the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2018 and sharing the many emerging opportunities for the PVC industry to contribute to the impending “societal needs”.
This is a “Not to be Missed” event, so be sure to save the date.
The VinylPlus programme was developed bottom-up in industry workshops and through an open dialogue with all stakeholders, including NGOs, regulators, public representatives and users of PVC. Each of the five key challenges is based on The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society. PVC is made from salt, oil and natural gas and is one of the most widely used plastics in the world.
VinylPlus is committed to the following working principles:
- Voluntary action –tackling the sustainability challenges of PVC in a proactive way.
- Measurable targets and deadlines – shared publically and reported on annually.
- Continuous improvement –accepting that the journey to sustainability requires constant evaluation and learning.
- Collaboration – working together within the industry to find solutions that no single player can implement, and reaching out to much broader stakeholder groups.
- Transparency – opening up, sharing and recognising the gap between where we are now and where we aim to be.
- Scientific rigour and research – making sure technologies, processes and materials are assessed according to strong and scientifically-based sustainability principles.
- Dialogue – creating more debate with those who have something to say about PVC, in a positive, receptive frame of mind.
- Responsibility – no one is going to secure a place for PVC in the sustainable future other than the industry itself.
- Seeking business prosperity – we need successful businesses along the value chain – that means making an acceptable return on investment, being competitive while pursuing a sustainable development.
- Priority to sustainability innovation – research, design and innovation should have no goal other than improving the sustainability potential of PVC, including its market competitiveness, and openly challenging components, materials and practices which do not make sense in terms of sustainable development.
16 May 2018 - 17 May 2018