When manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of a product share responsibility for reducing the environmental impact of their product it is referred to as product stewardship. Product stewardship schemes can have significant benefits for New Zealand but they must still comply with the Commerce Act.
The following agreements are illegal under the Commerce Act:
substantially lessening competition.
If you are involved in a product stewardship scheme, or considering joining one, you must ensure that you are complying with the Commerce Act.