Loudon, Tennessee -- The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) has added a new principle to its "Platform on Sustainability" that addresses balancing human rights issues with sustainability, a 26 July PFA statement said.
The new principle reads: "Evaluate environmental and sustainability benefits in relation to human rights issues. Before supporting or adopting new manufacturing practices, consider the impact on human rights issues such as exploitation of workers and child labour."
"A sustainability programme is a process and not an endpoint," PFA executive director Bob Ludeka said in the statement. "These principles provide guidance for our group's current activities and future programmes. Our goal in publishing and continuing to re-evaluate the PFA Platform on Sustainability is to create a springboard for ongoing discussion, education and growth in this area," he added.
The PFA said its Platform on Sustainability aims to support members continuing efforts to produce products that emphasise health and safety and improve the flexible polyurethane foam 'footprint' through recycling and sustainability.
For the full list of principles in the PFA Platform on Sustainability visit www.pfa.org (RD)