Beyond Transparency


Session 5, Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice unpacks how to integrate healthy materials selection into firm culture and practice. It clarifies the risks of material transparency for firms and shares strategies for managing risk while encouraging transparency. It investigates how firms balance making better material choices while considering client and firm values, and how firm-based decisions ultimately impact the ‘bigger picture’ – human and environmental health. Local manufacturers will also engage in a live ly moderated discussion to share their perspective on the challenges and opportunities of healthy, sustainable materials. The session ends with immediate actions participants can take to apply their new knowledge and skills.

  • Participants will be able to describe and apply strategies, standards and procedures used by firms to promote better material choices.
  • Participants will be able to explain risks firms face in applying materials transparency and implement strategies for managing risk.
  • Participants will be able to summarize the challenges and opportunities of materials transparency for manufacturers and develop strategies for working collaboratively with them.
  • Participants will be able to effectively communicate with clients to start conversations about healthy, sustainable materials choices.
  • Participants will be able to connect how material decisions made at the practice level impact the bigger picture of human and environmental health.

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