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transparency

A transparent material, such as glass, allows light to pass through so that objects behinds it can be clearly seen. Transparent also is defined as easy to perceive or detect, A person who is transparent does not hide or conceal anything—he or she has no secrets and tells no lies.

Transparency of behavior—as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities, and other fields—is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what decisions are being made, what materials are being used, and what actions are being perf.ormed. Transparency implies openness, communication, and accountability.

Transparency builds trust because there is nothing hidden. Everything is known. This is particularly important when it comes to the materials used to make consumer products. Consumers want to know what products are made of so they can decide for themselves if the materials are safe for them to use.

A business that practices transparency would give full disclosure regarding materials used to make their products.