MIAMI, FLORIDA, May 17, 2016 – The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) formalized its commitment to Responsible Care, by being accepted as a full member of the International Council of Chemicals Association’s Responsible Care Leadership Group (RCLG), in an effort to promote environmental, health and safety performance and sound chemicals management in the region.

ICCA is the worldwide voice of the chemical industry, representing chemical manufacturers and producers across six continents. ICCA coordinates Responsible Care, the chemical industry’s voluntary initiative that drives continuous improvement in health, safety and environmental performance and open, transparent communication with stakeholders.

The Egyptian chemical industry sector is a major contributor to the national GDP and includes more than 4,300 operating companies that specialize in basic chemicals manufacturing as well as diversifying industries, employs more than 350,000 workers and contributes more than 150 billion Egyptian pounds in investments.

“The Egyptian chemical industrial sector is one of the main sectors that contributes to the national GDP,” said Dr. Sherif El-Gabaly, Chairman of the Egyptian Chamber of Chemical Industries. “Companies that adopt a proactive approach and initiatives such Responsible Care manage to reduce pollution, increase efficiency, profitability and gain positive public perception and improve the business environment.”

“Egypt’s chemicals sector is an important contributor to not only its national economy, but is also a key contributor to the chemical industry regionally and internationally,” said ICCA President Mark Rohr, Chairman and CEO of Celanese. “We are pleased to welcome FEI/ECO as a full member of the RCLG and look forward to working together to grow Responsible Care on the African continent and further advance the Responsible Care principles of safety, product stewardship and environmental protection around the globe.”

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Contact:
Adel Taha, Federation of Egyptian Industries/Environmental Compliance Office, ataha@eco-fei.net
Jenny Heumann, ICCA, jenny_heumann@americanchemistry.com

About ICCA:
The International Council of Chemical Association (ICCA) is the worldwide voice of the chemical industry, an industry with a 2014 turnover of more than €3,000 billion (including observers & Responsible Care members). More than 20 million people around the globe are employed directly or indirectly by the chemical industry. ICCA members account for more than 90 percent of global chemical sales. ICCA focuses on key issues for the chemical industry such as the promotion and coordination of Responsible Care and other voluntary initiatives. Learn more about the ICCA at www.icca-chem.org

About Federation of Egyptian Industries / Environmental Compliance Office (FEI/ECO):
The Environmental Compliance Office (ECO) was established in 2001 within the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) with the aim of presenting Sustainable Development services to Industry and member companies. FEI / ECO provide technical services and support to the industrial sector in the field of environment, pollution prevention and energy efficiency in cooperation with the industrial chambers under FEI. Learn more at www.eco-fei.org