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The Business Role of Product Stewardship

There are many valuable and necessary technical aspects of Product Stewardship in industry.  In addition, professionals driving these functions and associated programs must also understand the business in which they sit. Solely focusing on the technical aspects, Product Stewardship will linger as strictly a compliance activity; many times viewed as one of the “dreaded must haves” and as a hindrance. If Product Stewardship were to be positioned as a key business aspect, what then? What opportunities would that positioning lead to in the business? How can we as Product Stewardship professionals position our function into a business leading activity? This webinar provides best management practices that have been employed into a successful Product Stewardship program and what business aspects that have been employed​.

This webinar will benefit those members who are seeking best management practices as to how to move ​their Product Stewardship program forward and have it intimately integrated as part of their company’s business. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List best management practices that have been employed into a successful Product Stewardship program 
  • Give specific examples of the use of Product Stewardship requirements to assist the business in the installation of a more secure supply chain 
  • Summarize steps to be taken to integrate Product Stewardship as a key business aspect 
  • Identify some of the potential pitfalls to avoid when positioning Product Stewardship outside of its traditional role​


Mitch Fonda, CSCP has worked for the Waters Corporation for over 4 years and currently leads the Global Trade Compliance and Product Stewardship efforts for the company. His prior roles at Waters have also included site leadership and product development. Prior to Waters, he worked for EMD Millipore in Massachusetts during which time he held several positions with responsibilities covering manufacturing operations with over 800 employees, Global Environmental, Health and Safety, co-development of the company’s Sustainability program, Supply Chain Security and Business Continuity and a key member of a team that successfully completed $1.5 billion M&A activity. During his tenure at EMD Millipore he and his organizations were recognized for their efforts by winning awards for M&A integration, manufacturing innovation and contributing to the company being awarded New England’s Corporate Citizen of the Year.  Mitch has also worked for Norvartis and Eastman Kodak, management consulting firms as well as having his own consulting firm. He holds an M.S. from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry and a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology.  Mitch has been a member of APICS since 2009 and completed the APICS Supply Chain Risk Management Curriculum in 2012. 


​​​Format- Webinar Recording
Run Time- 1 Hour
Credit- 1 Hour​

 Learning Level - Competent


A Competent learner can perform to basic standards; has a thorough understanding of the content area but limited practical/work experience in the application of the content/concepts​