Hitchcock KM, Panko JM, Scott PK. 2012. Incorporating chemical footprint reporting into social responsibility reporting. Integr Environ Assess Manag 8(3):386–388.
In recent years, companies have increasingly provided corporate social responsibility and sustainability reports to the shareholders, consumers, and the general public. Measures of social and environmental impact, such as carbon and water footprints, are often included. Another measure which could be considered and incorporated in these reports is the chemical footprint which can be defined as an indication of potential risk posed by a product based on its chemical composition, the human and ecological hazard properties of the ingredients, and the exposure potential during its life cycle. Unlike other measures of environmental performance, such as the carbon footprint, the chemical footprint is not well developed or known.