Product stewardship as a business driving instrument
Product Stewardship is a management tool that must be owned and used by all the key functions in a Company: Manufacturing, Technology, and obviously Marketing and Sales. It’s clear also that it isn’t a goal in itself, but a Business Driving Instrument, based upon the principles of Responsible Care.
Product Stewardship must apply all along the supply and manufacturing chain, and has to be highly interactive, from suppliers and designers, to manufacturers and users. Product Stewardship has also more and more interaction with the Authorities.
We can call this our License to operate. It’s again multidimensional, not only in space, or along the value chain, but also in the time dimension, since Regulations as well as Public and Media concerns are evolving rapidely.
It is owned, initiated and used by all the functions of a Company, and all along the value chain, for :