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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY (April 2, 2019) – The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the voice of the global chemical industry, is calling for the creation of an “international navigator” – a global repository of publicly available information on chemicals. This proposal is one of a series of recommendations issued by ICCA on the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 ahead of the third Open Ended Working Group (OEWG-3) meeting to discuss the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) post-2020.
“ICCA believes that beyond 2020, the SAICM framework should maintain its voluntary, multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial nature, and continue to focus on its core work: building basic chemicals management capacity in countries that need it most,” said Cal Dooley, ICCA Council Secretary […]
NAIROBI, KENYA (March 18, 2019) – At the close of the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), governments, businesses, and civil society organizations have agreed on a number of commitments to tackle our world’s sustainability challenges. As the global voice of the chemical industry, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) remains steadfast in our role for driving progress across all three dimension of sustainable development – environmental, social and economic – and is helping to address and overcome the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.
“Governments, industry and a range of stakeholders have come together at UNEA-4 with the goal of making significant progress towards the sound management of chemicals and waste worldwide. As the chemical industry, we are ideally placed […]
Chemical Industry Contributes $5.7 Trillion to Global GDP and Supports 120 Million Jobs, New Report Shows
Chemical Industry Plays Crucial Role in Regional Economies in Every Corner of the World
NAIROBI, KENYA (March 11, 2019) – In conjunction with the beginning of the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), today the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) released an analysis of the chemical industry’s contributions to the global economy: The Global Chemical Industry: Catalyzing Growth and Addressing Our World’s Sustainability Challenges. According to the report, the chemical industry touches nearly every good-producing sector, making an estimated $5.7 trillion contribution to world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through direct, indirect and induced impacts, equivalent to seven percent of the world’s GDP, and supporting 120 million jobs worldwide.
“The innovations developed and produced by the chemical industry’s longstanding presence worldwide […]
As the global voice of the chemical industry, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) is committed to playing a key role in the systemic transition to a circular economy as a key component of sustainability, whereby resources and materials are continuously cycled to eliminate waste while creating value for all. As chemistry provides the building blocks for more than 96 percent of all manufactured goods, our industry plays an integral role in reimagining the products, technologies, resources and systems that will power a circular, sustainable economy.
Progress toward a circular economy must include not only the responsible and efficient use of energy and natural resources, but also enable the reuse, reduction, repurposing, recycling and recovery of value locked in materials […]
The ICCA Responsible Care® Status Report 2018 has now been published and is available for download here.
Providing the Global Picture for 2018, it gathers full reporting from 37 Chemical Industry associations from around the world as well as partial reporting from a further 12. The lead chemical organisations for four more nations have been added since the last Status Report in 2015, and the report details progress, performance, process safety and KPIs across Health and Safety, Environment, Resources and Distribution. It also features case studies highlighting a variety of actions across diverse markets from USA and Spain through to India and the Arabian Gulf.
Responsible Care® has been the global chemical industry’s premier performance initiative for more than 30 years and […]
ICCA is a dedicated supporter of free trade and the rules-based, multilateral trading system as embodied by the World Trade Organization (WTO). Its 164 members today represent over 98 percent
of international trade. We view the WTO as the champion for fostering economic growth and innovation, establishing fair competition, and driving foreign investment and development around the
world. The chemical industry, in particular, is the enabler industry, serving as the key input for 96% of all manufacturing and a solution provider for major global environmental and societal challenges.
Our industry stands to benefit when the WTO addresses both tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade in chemicals and in sectors that consumer chemicals.
The global chemical industry engages in over $2 trillion in world trade. […]
We live in a world of an ever-growing population with increasing demands, but limited resources. It is crucial, therefore, to use those limited resources efficiently and develop innovative business models that maximize resource-efficiency along the entire value chain, enable and accelerate materials reuse and recycling, and promote restorative and regenerative processes. To encourage sustainable consumption and efficient use of resources, there have been efforts to promote practices that build circularity in our economies, while, at the same time, enabling economic development, fostering the adoption of social standards and protecting human health and the environment.
ICCA and UN Environment Issue Joint Press Statement
Today, experts from various regions, sectors and backgrounds will convene in Chengdu, China to identify opportunities, address challenges and facilitate […]
Climate change is a global challenge that requires long-term commitment and action by every segment of society. A combination of technology, market-based and policy solutions will be necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and achieve climate goals, such as those of the Paris Agreement.
The chemical industry and innovations in chemistry are part of the climate change solution. As a significant manufacturing sector, we are continuously improving the energy efficiency and intensity of our own operations. And we are putting our brightest minds to work developing transformational technologies that cut emissions, improve energy efficiency and enable a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future.
Chemistry is Essential to Overcoming Societal Challenges
The chemical industry creates revolutionary products and materials that are essential to […]
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (JULY 17, 2018) – Today, at the United Nations High Level Political Forum, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) is joined by stakeholders and governments from around the world to reiterate our commitment and share innovative ideas for improving the safe management of chemicals and waste globally. Guiding our journey is the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a voluntary, multi-stakeholder approach that enables all relevant stakeholders to contribute to building a stronger foundation for sound management of chemicals and waste more broadly than any alternative approach.
SAICM’s multi-stakeholder approach enables governments of developed and developing nations, as well as non-governmental organizations, industry, and other supporters to partner and collaborate in ways that would not […]
ICCA Contributes Solutions to Tackling The Global Challenge To Clean Up Our Planet And #Beatpollution
UN Environment is calling on governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and any other interested groups or institutions to join the fight to #BeatPollution.
Read more about ICCA’s committment to tackle this global challenge.
The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) represents chemical manufacturers and producers around the world. We are the worldwide voice of the chemical industry with our members accounting for more than 90 percent of global chemical sales, and more than 20 million employees around the world. We help the chemical industry by tackling global issues and helping the industry improve continuously.
ICCA Commits to #BeatPollution
ICCA is an association of innovators, visionaries, solutions providers, and product stewardship pioneers. Above all, we are optimists. What others see as challenges, we see […]