Introduction and Overview

The Product Stewardship Society’s inaugural Strategic Plan (2017-21) was developed in 2016 under the direction of the Society’s Board of Directors and staff and facilitated by a third-party expert.

Since 2016, there have been seismic changes in the area of product stewardship. Growth has been explosive, issues have matured, and the world is a very different place from even earlier this year.

To assist the Society and the Board with updating the plan, we are forming a new task force that will be charged with reviewing the current plan and working on the development of an updated plan, which will take effect in January 2022 and run through 2027.

Strategic Plan

The current Strategic Plan features a clearly articulated mission and vision statement. It also identifies four (4) domains that reflect the breadth of the Society’s programs and services. Each domain references a success statement (i.e., indicative of positive performance vis-a-vis that domain), as well as a series of strategic objectives and supporting strategies that detail the underlying intent and purpose of each area.

  • Our Mission Statement: Enabling professionals to promote the responsible design, development, and management of products throughout their life cycle.
  • Our Vision Statement: A world of safe and trusted products.

Domains (and Success Statements)

  • Community – Be the premiere community for information sharing, collaboration, and networking for the product stewardship profession.
  • Professional Development – Be the preferred provider of educational programming and resources that advance the practice of product stewardship.
  • Awareness – Increase the visibility and credibility of the profession to related stakeholder groups.
  • Program Management – Support organizations in developing a premier product stewardship management system.

Task Force Purpose

The purpose of the strategic planning task force is to assess the current plan with a view towards changed circumstances and new factual imperatives and to craft an updated plan that reflects the latest Society priorities. The plan should be sustainable, innovative, and accessible to its members, customers, and other stakeholders.

Task Force Composition

  • Four (4) members of the Product Stewardship Society Board of Directors
  • Five (5) members-at-large from within the Product Stewardship Society membership
  • Product Stewardship Society’s Staff Director
  • Two (2) AIHA staff team members

Task Force Selection Process

The process of selecting at-large members begins with an open call for volunteers from the Product Stewardship Society membership. Applications are reviewed, and selections made by the Society Board of Directors. Selections are made to ensure that the task force maintains as broad a diversity of representation as is reasonably possible.

Task Force Responsibilities

Members are expected to:

  • Attend all scheduled calls
  • Review the current Strategic Plan
  • Develop our next plan (potentially working with an outside consultant)
  • Participate in a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis of both internal and external factors affecting the Society
  • Identify factors that drive our success as well as areas of risk, now and anticipated for the future
  • Identify strategic priorities
  • Define top-line strategic objectives and supporting strategies that support plan initiatives
  • Assist in defining Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which measure success
  • Provide recommendations to the Product Stewardship Society Board of Directors for approval

Time Commitment

The task force is expected to be active from Q1 2021 through Q2 2021.

  • Monthly conference calls (each lasting 1 to 1½ hours) during Q1 2021
  • Approximately 4-8 hours per month of work to support the participation of those calls
  • Two half-day virtual workshops conducted in Q2 2021
  • Additional conference calls and email correspondence as needed

Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2020, 11:59 PM ET.

The Board of Directors will review applications from all interested parties. Taskforce selection is expected to be made by mid-January.

If you have any questions, please contact Adam Seery.