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Pakistan Chemical Manufacturers Association and Croatian Chemical Industry Association Commit to Responsible Care

The Responsible Care Leadership Group (RCLG) welcomed two new national chemical associations, in Pakistan and Croatia, at its biannual meeting in March in Berlin.

Abrar Ahmed, Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Chemical Manufacturers Association (PCMA), welcomed the RCLG’s decision and said PCMA “has achieved this milestone in a remarkably short timeframe.”

To date, 11 large Pakistani chemical companies have signed on to both the Global Charter and the Responsible Care Declaration of Support, with others expected to follow in the near future; implementation is under way at four companies, and PCMA has targeted three for independent verification by the year end. PCMA’s verification system is based on the American Chemistry Council’s RC14001 approach.

In terms of capacity building, the association plans workshops throughout […]

Highlights from ICCA spring meetings

In March and April, the ICCA CP&H LG, ICCA RC LG, ICCA E&CC LG and ICCA Steering Committee held their first annual face-to-face meetings to define the agendas for the year.

The ICCA Steering Committee held its annual spring meeting in Brussels April 4 and 5.  The meeting was filled with productive discussion and punctuated by two exciting team building opportunities for attendees to refine their Italian cooking skills and to enjoy an exclusive dinner at the top of the Atomium, one of Brussel’s most popular attractions.

The Steering Committee members considered many issues that had been developed and discussed at the joint meeting of the CP&H and RC leadership groups in Berlin earlier in Mach.

Highlights included:

An acknowledgement that marine debris is […]

Industry enhances cooperation with OPCW

ICCA has from the outset been a strong supporter of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and its effort to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Since 2015 the relationship has gained a new quality. In a brief interview, Rene Van Sloten, Cefic Executive Director for Industrial Policy, explains the rationale behind it.
“Improved cooperation with the OPCW offers ICCA a unique opportunity to have a structured dialogue with the organization and to reach out to industry and governments in emerging economies to further promote Responsible Care. This opportunity fits well with the ICCA objective of expanding the Responsible Care ethic in particular regions and countries”, he states.

In a nutshell: what does OPCW stand for?

“The OPCW was set […]

Strengthening Responsible Care brand

Although the Responsible Care brand is well-known and respected as a concept, the actual knowledge about what the initiative is and what it offers could be further strengthened, notably within international bodies such as UN Environment. Obviously, the current state of communications about the program is insufficient in providing key stakeholders a practical understanding of the initiative, in particular what it requires companies to do and how the initiative drives continuous improvement and excellence throughout the global chemical industry in the key performance areas of process safety, occupational safety, environmental protection, security, community outreach, safe chemicals transport and product stewardship.
A Need To Communicating More About Responsible Care® & the Global Product Strategy (GPS) Contributions
As the 2020 SAICM deadline approaches, there […]

GPCA extends Responsible Care® to Logistics Service Providers (LSP)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 27, 2017: In line with its efforts to support the sustainable development of the chemical and petrochemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, the Dubai-based Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) has launched Responsible Care® for chemical and petrochemical Logistics Service Providers (LSP) in the region.

The decision follows leading examples from developed nations, and is underpinned by the significant contribution of Responsible Care® to the manufacturing sector globally and within the GCC.

In 2014, GPCA continued to lead the sustainability efforts in the region. In line with its aspirations to further contribute to raising the industry’s standards, the association lunched the SQAS program across the GCC to promote supply chain efficiency, flexibility and transparency in the petrochemical […]

ICCA responds to recent tragic events in Syria involving the use of chemical weapons

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) provided the following statement in response to recent tragic events involving the use of chemical weapons in Syria:

“ICCA would like to express its disgust about the attack in Syria with chemical weapons. We strongly condemn the use of any chemical as a weapon against people.

“ICCA strongly supports the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and its members actively support the full implementation of the global ban on any chemical weapons-related activity.

“We have full confidence that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international organization that oversees the implementation of and compliance with the CWC, will get to the source of this terrible incident. We stand ready to support OPCW.”

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ICCA is the worldwide voice of the […]

ICCA at the 1st Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process, Brasilia, 7-9 February

Representatives from the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) joined leaders from government and non-governmental organizations in Brasilia from 7 – 9 February to review progress toward meeting the objectives of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and to consider the future of SAICM.

Learn more about the first meeting of the SAICM intersessional process.

SAICM and its innovative, multi-stakeholder framework have brought together a diverse range of stakeholders to collaborate on addressing a wide range of issues and topics relative to chemicals management. It is well known that partnerships have played an integral role in advancing sound chemicals management globally. SAICM’s key value comes from its bridge-building and consensus-building framework to help global issues related to sound chemicals […]

ICCA at COP22 – What is next?

Following the Paris Agreement entry into force, the Parties to the Agreement held their first meeting in November 2016 (Marrakesh), with the intent of opening a new chapter on global climate action.

COP22 marked the beginning of a multi-year deliberation on how best to operationalize the broad goals included in the Paris Agreement. Among the unresolved, critical issues relative to the Agreement at the international level include: identifying the role of carbon markets in meeting national commitments, establishing a process to report and update on national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and identifying how best to utilize technology innovations to meet climate policy goals, et. al. As governments navigate these thorny issues, we believe the chemical industry, and the […]

ICCA-UNEP Workshop on the role of chemistry in achieving sustainable development

Identifying Opportunities, Addressing Challenges
Shanghai, 11-13 September 2016
KEY WORKSHOP OUTCOMES AND TAKEAWAYS
More than hundred stakeholders from governments, industry, civil society and international organizations, with representation from all geographic regions, gathered in Shanghai, China from 11-13 September 2016 to discuss the role of chemistry in achieving sustainable development. The workshop was organized through cooperation of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and hosted by the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF), with advice provided through an informal advisory group representing diverse stakeholder perspectives. The workshop comprised a technical workshop on 11-12 September 2016, complemented by a high-level review session on 13 September 2016 reflecting on key outcomes generated by the workshop.

The […]

ICCA and the Chemical Weapons Convention

ICCA Council Secretary Speaks at the 21st Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in the Hague.
Mr. Chairman, Ambassador Űzűmcű, Distinguished Delegates and Guests: I am Cal Dooley, the President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council.  I have the privilege of serving as the Council Secretary of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), on whose behalf I am pleased to make these remarks.

 

ICCA and its member associations particularly appreciate the commitment of the Conference of States Parties (CSP) to regularly engage the chemical industry and scientific organizations.  Your decision several years ago to extend industry a standing invitation to address the CSP plenary is an important indication of your continued interest […]