Simplifying compliance for manufacturers

By Lucy Dixon
Manufacturers must comply with legislation to declare the amount of packaging theyre placing on the market. The problem is the rules dictating what comp...

Manufacturers must comply with legislation to declare the amount of packaging they’re placing on the market. The problem is the rules dictating what companies need to declare are different in every single country.

Global health, beauty and home care product market leader Amway has appointed Lorax Compliance to provide software and services to ensure the corporation meets its worldwide environmental reporting obligations.

Amway’s extensive product portfolio includes Nutrilite supplements, iCook kitchenware and Artistry, one of the world’s top premium skincare brands.

As a manufacturer and brand owner, Amway must report on the amount of packaging, electronic and battery waste associated with the thousands of products it distributes globally each year. This complex compliance process also requires a detailed specification of all packaging produced, in addition to any discarded packaging which Amway places on the market.

In working with Lorax, Amway will use the compliance specialists’ software to fulfil its global Extended Producer Responsiblity (EPR) obligations. Lorax’s system utilises Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud-based platform to collate and analyse data gathered from across Amway’s manufacturing database in relation to the company’s product packaging, electronics and batteries usage.

Lorax’s software will enable Amway to more easily and accurately calculate its fee paying obligations, which are based on the volume of electronics, batteries and packaging the company places on the market across 24 countries.

The challenge of reporting obligations varying in different countries is dealt with using a bespoke template created for Amway, which automates multi-country and ad hoc reporting. 

EPR waste legislation requires companies that place a certain amount of packaging, electronics and batteries on the market must help to fund the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of these items.

Amway’s Senior Regulatory Analyst Elaine Carrington said: “Our partnership with Lorax is fundamental to ensuring our environmental compliance, which we must declare across our global markets. Lorax’s software enables us to deliver complete accuracy and timeliness in calculating our fee paying obligations against thousands of products in over 20 countries. Equally, the in-depth knowledge of global environmental compliance held across Lorax’s team substantially eases the burden for our markets, giving us the confidence that all our obligations are being met with this hassle-free solution.”

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