As the top executives of our member companies make their travel plans for the HCPA Annual Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, HCPA is preparing for what will be the most collaborative, and most strategic, Annual Meeting in recent years.
The wide variety of speakers on this year’s program, from EPA leadership and political experts to major retailer executives and consumer trend specialists, reflects the fact that this industry remains very diverse in its economic scope and impact. HCPA continues to reinforce its commitment to being collaborative and transparent, by working closely and in good faith with key stakeholders to solve problems and find solutions throughout the entire supply chain.
Earlier this year, HCPA released a new strategic plan for the organization and at the Annual Meeting, each of the HCPA Product Divisions and Advisory Committees will be thinking strategically about their priorities, planning for 2019 and looking carefully at the resources and partners needed to achieve our collective goals. HCPA continues to work towards a responsible ingredient communication solution at the federal level. And, as the only trade association that aggressively and publicly supported the California Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017, ultimately signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, HCPA is operating from a position of good standing with key stakeholders who are active on ingredient communication. This position is invaluable as HCPA continues to strengthen relationships with major retailers, respected NGOs and elected officials as we prepare for the new Congress in 2019.
As HCPA continues to tackle the current and future challenges confronting our industry, whether they are legislative, regulatory, scientific or marketing related, it has always been clear that sharing a positive and compelling story about the benefits of our members’ products and economic impact of our industry will be instrumental to our continued success. HCPA has been pleased to support the strategic and effective work of our Air Care Division Reputation Task Force. The task force has brought together member company communications executives to plan go-forward action steps due to the very well-received inaugural HCPA Air Care Summit in May. The task force is now recruiting broader participation from other categories to execute a more comprehensive campaign. To be successful, this must be a collaborative effort, so please join us at the HCPA Annual Meeting for this critically-important discussion.
I am also pleased to share that the EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year awards ceremony and associated programming will once again be held in conjunction with the HCPA Annual Meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to recognize the leadership of chemical manufacturers working to improve the program and promote the Safer Choice label.
Below are a few other highlights from the HCPA Annual Meeting program, in addition to the regular schedule of Product Division and Committee meetings.
Consumer and Economic Trends
Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping
Ever wonder why people shop the way they do? Close out XPAND2018 with keynote speaker Paco Underhill. His first book, “Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping,” was an internationally recognized bestseller and his retail insights makes Underhill a highly sought-after expert whose columns have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Gen “Z” Rising
Generation Z (born between 1995 and 2010) grew up in a recession climate, were raised by Gen. Xers, with no memory of a time before social media. In short, Gen Z is inherently different from the young consumers that came before them. This session will discuss the trends Gen Z consumers are fueling today, and what brands need to know to most-effectively understand them. Speaker Mary Leigh Bliss is the Vice President of Content for Ypulse, Inc., a leading authority on what’s happening within Gen Z and Millennial culture.
Aerosols, Economics and the World in Which We Live
Explore the domestic and global economic impacts of today’s trade wars and discuss forecasting what this means to your business and customers. Hear from Robert Fry, Chief Economist of Robert Fry Economics, LLC.
Ingredient Communication and Retail Engagement
2018 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards Ceremony
Recognize the leadership of those working to improve the program and promote the Safer Choice label. The 2018 Safer Choice Partner of the Year awards ceremony and associated programming are being held in conjunction with the HCPA Annual Meeting.
Know Where You Stand with Retailer Chemical Safety Policies
Join representatives from Walmart, UL and the GC3 Retailer Leadership Council for a discussion of chemical safety expectations, sustainability goals, the important role of NGOs and HCPA’s proactive efforts in this critical vertical for our members.
Countdown to California: Ingredient Communication Implementation
Hear an update on the developments with ingredient communication and obtain the latest on implementation efforts for the California Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, in preparation for January 2020.
Challenges to the NYSDEC Ingredient Communication Guidance
HCPA has partnered with the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) to file a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) burdensome and contradictory ingredient communication guidance document. Join HCPA staff, and Kevin Quinn & Robert Rosborough, Whiteman Osterman Hanna, LLP, for a behind the scenes look at this regulatory challenge, and potential next steps in thwarting this ill-advised guidance.
Update on California Proposition 65, Including the New Warning Requirements
· Role of Exposure/Risk Assessment in Responding to Proposition 65
· Safe Use Determinations by OEHHA
· The New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements
· Exemption from Warning
· Label Conflicts: FIFRA Label Requirements and Proposition 65
Federal and State Election Outcomes and Business Impacts
Mid-Term Election Analysis and What to Expect in 2019
Jennifer Duffy, the highly-respected Senior Editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report will provide a very timely post mid-term election update and analysis. Jennifer will address both state and national politics, as well as key voter trends and demographics, the issues that drive elections, the state of the political parties, the political health of Congress and the President, and what we might be able to expect in 2019 and beyond.
State Election Outcomes
With over 6,000 state legislative seats up for election in 2018, priority issues for our industry could swing based on the outcomes of a handful of races in key states. Join HCPA staff to discuss the shifting political landscape in 2018 and how that shapes priority public policy issues.
Women in Science: Building the Next Generation of Leaders
This session will bring together top women from our industry to discuss leadership skills and how to develop the next generation of leaders in your company. Join HCPA and Cindy Simpson, Chief Business Development Officer at the Association for Women in Science, for our first ever “Women in Science” session at the Annual Meeting. The session is meant for all audiences – men and women, young professionals, and those more tenured in their companies.
Tariffs and Trade Agreements: Where We Stand and the Impact on Industry
As tariffs become more prevalent in US trade, the impact can be felt up and down the supply chain. These tariffs can also heavily influence various trade agreements worldwide. This session will provide attendees a better understanding of the current and retaliatory tariffs in place, potential new tariffs on the horizon, as well as a glimpse into the impact on industry and overall trade agreements. Daniel Cannistra, Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP has been invited to speak.
One for the Price of Two: The Hidden Costs of Regulatory Reform Under Executive Order 13,771
Executive Order 13771 requires any executive department or agency which plans to publicly announce a new regulation to propose at least two regulations which will in turn be repealed. This program will take a deeper look into the results of the Executive Order after its first year and the hidden costs associated with this new process. Holly Weave of the Administrative Law Review has been invited to speak.
Opportunities and Challenges in Alternatives Testing
• Overview of EPA’s Activities to Reduce Animal Use and Implement Alternative Approaches
Steve Snyderman, Environmental Protection Specialist at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• Using Big Data for Predictive Toxicology
Craig Rowlands, Senior Scientist at UL Product Supply Chain Intelligence
• Advances in Respiratory Sensitization Predictive Toxicity
Madhuri Singal, Manager – Inhalation Toxicology, Safety, Quality, Regulatory & Compliance at RB
• Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations to Advance Non-Animal Approaches
Gina Hilton, Research Associate at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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