Accord’s member companies are creating employment, innovating and competing to meet consumer needs.
At the Industry’s mid-year briefing, Accord launched its Annual Report. Promoting key messages of advocacy for innovation and contemporary regulation, the publication is a handy snapshot of the full breadth of the industry which Accord represents and our key achievements over the last year.
The message from Accord’s Chairman Chris Pedersen spoke of the industry’s significant contribution to employment and innovation in Australia and calls for considered policy and proportionate regulation that will provide the business and consumer confidence needed for continued economic success.
The Annual Report highlights that while Accord member companies directly employ around 15,000 full-time people in Australia, they indirectly support over 250,000 positions.
Australia’s $300 billion turnover retail industry contributes around 4 percent of the nation’s GDP. The sectors dependent on Accord’s member companies’ products such as supermarkets, mass market chains, pharmacies and department stores, support the employment of an estimated 60,000 people based on our industry’s share of sales turnover. These retail environments feature the industry’s cleaning and hygiene, health and beauty and luxury cosmetic and fragrance products.
“The hair care and beauty salon sector, comprises 21,000 businesses, and employs 85,000 people. The sector uses our products in salon treatments and retails products for use at home,” Mr Pedersen notes. Accord’s membership is a healthy commercial ecosystem of small-to-medium businesses and large global companies, creating employment, innovating and competing to provide safe, quality products that meet consumer and customer needs.
“As an industry that wishes to innovate and play our part in the national economy, we need two key things from the regulatory framework governing our industry products and ingredients – certainty and proportionality,” Mr Pedersen concludes.
In her message to industry, Accord Executive Director Bronwyn Capanna spoke of the Association’s positive achievements being a testament to both strong core values and member company commitment around unifying goals and principles.
“Accord’s mission has always been clear cut. We exist to serve our membership. And as our strategic framework states, this means providing indispensable membership services to facilitate growth and productivity for a globally competitive industry”.
“Our strategic plan also states our values to be respected, credible, honest, influential, science and evidence-based. Arguably, amid a time in public discourse where unfortunately it appears cynicism, short-termism and ‘alternative facts’ are the order of the day for some, maintaining strong values and a principled approach is paramount,” Ms Capanna said.
Over the past year, Accord has advanced a positive agenda for the industry consistent with these values. Always seeking to be collaborative and constructive, Accord has strengthened relationships on innovation agenda with key government agencies, academic institutions like Monash University and relevant professional bodies like the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC).
On other key matters such as regulatory reform advocacy, Accord continued to collaborate effectively with other peak industry bodies and, as policy considerations have moved to implementation, they have strengthened their evidence-based engagement in particular with the federal Health Department on the issue of animal testing of cosmetics and how this relates to reforms of the industrial chemical regulator.
As a mature and responsive industry, companies have also responded to calls by Australia’s environment ministers for a voluntary phase out of solid plastic microbeads by 1 July 2018, a goal facilitated via the BeadRecede initiative.
Media reports highlighting the need for renewed public education on effective sunscreen application and more realistic expectations about sun protection strategies, also saw Accord launch the new www.sunsible.org.au website in February this year.
Further successes include resolution of problematic transport labelling rules and successful reconsideration of poorly designed scheduling decisions which would have had major negative ramifications for the market.
The coming year will see Accord busy with the implementation of new chemicals legislation and the subsequent regulations for making the scheme work efficiently, more proportionate regulation of priority product categories such as sunscreens, the animal test ban for cosmetics and the proposed National Standard for environmental risk management of chemicals.
“Engagement on these critical policies will continue to be guided by our values in an evidence-based manner, looking strategically to the long term needs of our industry,” Ms Capanna concluded.
Want to know more about Accord? See www.accord.asn.au
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