Praise for VinylPlus

VinylPlus’ stakeholders and supporters come from a wide range of backgrounds.
See what they have to say about us: click on the quote to see more.

Nilgün Tas

UNIDO, Chief of the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division in the Department of Environment
VSF 2018 – Madrid

The whole UN system, including UNIDO, encourages all sectors of industry to see the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the new business operating environment, and to actively seize the opportunities offered for meeting essential human and ecosystem needs, including through increased material and energy efficiency. We stand ready to help the business in this endeavour and commend initiatives such as VinylPlus for its leadership in the areas of recycling and addressing sector challenges, in particular by working with partners along the value chain.

Martina Dlabajová

Member of the European Parliament
Euractiv – 25 October 2017

The European Union has embraced the circular economy and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Effective voluntary commitments, in combination with ambitious policy, should drive this project. There can be no better way of creating a fully-functioning, sustainable and circular economy than by bringing together everyone who will make this happen. VinylPlus rightfully positions the circular economy as a unique opportunity for dialogue and collaboration between private and public entities to achieve the shared goal of long-term value creation, which will unlock the full potential of the circular economy.

Dr Mark Everard

Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services & Independent Consultant, University of the West of England, Bristol
VSF 2018 - Madrid

VinylPlus® is obviously unique in Europe, because there are cross-PVC bodies in America, in Australia, right across the world. But the uniqueness [of VinylPlus] is that so many players in the value chain are under one metaphorical roof, and are pulling together around 5 uniting challenges. And it’s that cross-sectoral uniqueness that could really make the difference.

Martina Dlabajová

Member of the European Parliament
Euractiv – 25 October 2017

An effective voluntary commitment is not an easy option. It takes time, motivation, and dedication from the entire value chain. The commitment should encompass clear objectives with ambitious, measurable targets and deadlines. VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, is a good example of this approach. As a member of the VinylPlus Monitoring Committee I have seen for myself that self-regulation can be extremely effective.
The European Union has embraced the circular economy and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Effective voluntary commitments, in combination with ambitious policy, should drive this project. There can be no better way of creating a fully-functioning, sustainable and circular economy than by bringing together everyone who will make this happen. VinylPlus rightfully positions the circular economy as a unique opportunity for dialogue and collaboration between private and public entities to achieve the shared goal of long-term value creation, which will unlock the full potential of the circular economy.

Christophe Yvetot

UNIDO Representative to the European Union
VSF 2017 – Berlin

I’m happy to see that in its Progress Report 2017 VinylPlus is reporting its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, having identified the goals each of its five challenges relate to. I’d like to congratulate VinylPlus; we know how difficult it is to bring a whole value chain together to achieve more sustainability. VinylPlus shows that industry can change, industry can contribute. VinylPlus is a good role model and we are ready to work more closely with them.

Dr Mark Everard

Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services & Independent Consultant, University of the West of England, Bristol
VSF 2017 - Berlin

One thing about VinylPlus® is that everything is out on the table, it’s not as if we’re creating targets, not telling anyone about them, not telling them how we’re doing. Everything is transparently stated in terms of the intent. […] So right across the five challenges there is tangible progress that anyone with two clicks of a mouse can check up on. PVC has moved from a state of being perceived as a pariah material towards one now that is being cited as an exemplar by the UN and the EU and other sectors, simply because of the massive progress and the transparent reporting of that progress. Its role in the circular economy is very much now as a leader, rather than a laggard.

Stephan Sicars

Director Department of Environment, UNIDO
VSF 2016 – Vienna

The role of VinylPlus aligns very well with the Sustainable Development Goals. VinylPlus allows the industry to come together to discuss the main characteristics of sustainability, and how they can contribute. VinylPlus can make that visible for governments and for civil society.

Gwenole Cozigou

Former Director, DG GROW, European Commission
VSF 2015 – Cannes

VinylPlus can be considered as a frontrunner for the circular economy

Christophe Yvetot

UNIDO Representative to the European Union
VSF 2015 – Cannes

The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate commitments will offer a new narrative for the industry: sharing prosperity and respecting the environment. As a member of the Green Industry Platform, the Vinyl Industry can actively contribute to the global sustainability agenda through its continuous efforts to reduce its environmental and climate footprint and to develop new green products, services and jobs that will support a more sustainable world.

In the race for sustainability the laggards will lose. We see the VinylPlus initiative as the forerunner and role model for a global standard of the industry.

Arab Hoballah

Former Chief Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEnvironment)
VSF 2015 – Cannes

UNEP welcomes all Sector initiatives such as VinylPlus, which recognize the challenges, set targets, engage stakeholders and demonstrate progress. 2015 will set the sustainability agenda through 2030 and beyond. No matter how you react, the trends that are driving the planet are driving the market. The private sector can see this as a new set of regulations, restrictions and red tape, or as a historic, immediate opportunity to innovate, grow new markets, and build new relationships with customers and other stakeholders to help society meet the challenge of change. UNEP stands ready to work with those visionaries.