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 be possible without a voluntary approach. Mandatory, one-size-fits-all approaches undermine the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that is the hallmark of SAICM’s success. Through SAICM, stakeholders build capacity and help establish effective regulatory frameworks in developing countries to strengthen sound chemicals management.

Through ICCA’s Responsible Care® and Global Product Strategy initiatives, the chemical industry continues to advance the safe use and production of chemicals in ways that maximize the benefits of chemicals to society, while minimizing adverse effects on human health and the environment. ICCA remains a strong supporter of the SAICM approach towards 2020 and beyond in order to create a world where chemicals can be produced safely and used sustainably.