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Soap’s Opera: Conflict and Resolution on the World Stage

By: Karen A. Newman
Posted: October 10, 2008, from the January 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Proposed packaging regulations in California and proposed legislation in New Jersey meant to enhance recycling now are on the agenda. The concern is that such proposals, if enacted, could make it more difficult and costly for packaging manufacturers and consumer product companies. “The last thing they want,” said Sansoni, “is unscientific or unnecessary rules that make packaging that much more expensive.”

High production volume chemicals (HPV) have the interest of soap industry associations. The Extended HPV (EHPV) Program launched last November seeks to publish health and environmental information on 574 additional chemicals and increase the breadth of safety information made publicly available for HPV substances. The original U.S. HPV Challenge Program, begun in 1998, sought to collect safety information onover 2,000 HPV chemicals, representing more than 90% of U.S. chemical production by volume.

It seems that as the world gets smaller, business issues grow larger and more complex. Modern soap industry associations help their members navigate the storms and detours on the road to success by monitoring the activities of regulatory bodies, gathering and disseminating data and other information, and representing their member companies at official proceedings. Dramas are resolved, usually without any singing, and the key is orchestrating diverse voices into a harmonious finale.