Mission, Values & Beliefs
CEH protects people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, consumers, workers, government, and the private sector to demand and support business practices that are safe for public health and the environment.
All people live, work, learn, and play in healthy environments.
Health and Well-being
People and their health and well-being are our ultimate concerns. Air, water, food, and consumer products should be free of dangerous and untested chemicals.
Corporate Accountability and Transparency
Manufacturers of chemicals and products should be required to test their own products for safety, make that data public, and choose the alternatives that are safest for people and the environment.
The Precautionary Principle
Decision makers in government and business should heed the early warnings of Science. When credible evidence exists that a chemical can cause harm, business and government decision makers should err on the side of protecting people’s health.
Right to Know and Act
Consumers, workers, and communities have (1) the right to know the chemicals to which businesses expose them to, (2) the right to know the health effects of these exposures, and (3) the right to the knowledge, tools and power necessary to eliminate these exposures. Government has a responsibility to ensure these rights.
Social and Environmental Justice
To protect the health of all people, we must address the disproportionate health effects of toxic chemicals caused by systemic racism and other social injustices. The movement to eliminate dangerous chemicals must move forward in partnership with Environmental Justice, Reproductive Justice, and other related movements working to address the pressing social justice issues of our day.
A healthy economy is one in which people’s fundamental needs are met efficiently, businesses are accountable, resources are shared in a way that minimizes disparities, and overall levels of consumption are sustainable. The true measure of a society’s health is not how much it consumes, but rather how effectively it meets the fundamental needs of all its people.
The Proper Role of Government
Decisions of government should directly promote the interests and wellbeing of all people.
Corporate influence over environmental health policy, regulation and enforcement, through campaign contributions and other means, undermines democracy and puts the health of people at risk. Court decisions have given corporations rights that should only be held by people. We believe that corporations are not people, and money is not speech.
By working together, government, community members, NGOs, and responsible businesses can eliminate the growing threat to human health posed by toxic chemicals and irresponsible business practices.
Our Economy and Our Health
Healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy can and should coexist. People have the power to prosper and protect themselves from today’s pervasive environmental health threats.