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Corporate Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Policy

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  1. Corporate Vision

    Guided by our corporate value of acting responsibly in a global community, ACCO Brands is committed to providing customers with safe and environmentally responsible products that meet evolving regulatory requirements. As part of this commitment, ACCO Brands’ long‐term goal is to eliminate or minimize applications of PVC because of its significant environmental and health impacts throughout its manufacture, use and disposal life cycle, where technologically and economically feasible.

  2. PVC and Phthalate Facts

    PVC is a synthetic polymer material made of vinyl chloride monomers. The chlorine in PVC represents about 57% of the weight of the pure polymer. PVC is used in a wide range of products including pipes, wire and cable coatings, packaging materials, upholstery, floor coverings, housewares, medical devices and children’s toys. Pure PVC is a rigid material and in order to provide the range of properties needed in finished products, PVC polymer is mixed with a number of additives as fillers, stabilizers, lubricants, pigments, flame retardants or plasticizers.

    PVC production poses several environmental hazards in the manufacturing processes, consumer use, and consumer disposal.

    To make PVC usable in typical applications, plasticizers are used as an additive to soften PVC and make it more flexible. Most commonly used plasticizers are a group of chemicals called phthalates. Many phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and many others are thought to be carcinogenic at certain levels. Because phthalates are not chemically bonded to PVC, they tend to leach from products with use over time.

  3. Regulatory and Market Environment

    Due to potential environmental and human health risks associated with flexible PVC, it is banned or regulated in several countries. In addition, due to safety concerns with elevated levels of phthalates in consumer products, several phthalates have come under increased scrutiny and global regulatory actions. Public health and consumer advocacy groups have been pushing not only for broad restrictions, but removal of various phthalates from all consumer products. Major global retailers have been voluntarily restricting or removing products containing PVC or phthalates from their store shelves.

    Elimination of flexible PVC in our products addresses both the PVC and phthalate concerns.

  4. Action plan

    4.1 Long‐Term Goal
     To eliminate use of PVC from ACCO Brands’ own branded products and packaging.
    4.2 Default Material Selection
    The default material selection to achieve the Long-Term Goal is:

    New Product Development
    The default design specification for all new product developmentand procurement is non-PVC alternatives that do not requireplasticizers.
    If flexible PVC must be used for functionality or durability, non-phthalate plasticizers must be used. 

    Refer to the Appendix 1 for non-PVC alternatives and a list of acceptable non-phthalate plasticizers.

    PVC is not allowed in packaging. 
Material Common Abbreviation



Thermoplastic Polyurethane

Poly(phenylene) Oxide

PPO + Thermoplastic Elastomer

Styrene-Ethylene-Butylene (SEB) Copolymer

Polyester with SEB Copolymer




*PU can contain phthalates






SEB Copolymer

Polyester/SEB Copolymer




Non-phthalate plasticizers

Plasticizer CAS Number





CAS 6422-86-2 / 4654-26-6

CAS 3319-31-1

CAS 77-90-7

CAS 166412-78-8