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Promoting Safer, More Sustainable Household Chemicals in China

Promoting Safer Household Chemicals

Huntsman is taking part in the Together for a Sustainable Community (TFSC) initiative in China to promote innovation, sustainability and social responsibility. The industry-led effort, driven by the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF), of which Huntsman is a member company, supports the government’s call to build sustainable communities.

As part of the TFSC project, Huntsman was among eight member companies who hosted a 2018 Student Hackathon Chemical Innovation Design Challenge in Shanghai to develop solutions to improve the safe handling and disposal of household chemicals. Students from 40 universities from across China competed for a spot on one of eight finalist teams. The team from Tsinghua University, China’s top-tier university, under the direction of Huntsman Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) leaders, won second place for its proposed solution to create an app that enables consumers to easily choose safer household chemicals based on social media recommendations from other consumers.

“As a chemical company, sustainable development is at the core of Huntsman’s values,” says Hans Han, operational safety manager-Asia Pacific, who coached the student team. “It’s important as a company that we lead and nurture our younger generation to focus on sustainability and create innovative solutions.”

As part of the TFSC initiative, Huntsman hosted a Sustainable Community Day on October 30, 2018, opening its Shanghai Campus to key stakeholders — the local community, university students and Huntsman associates — to share what the company is doing
to contribute to the development of a sustainable community.