SAICM

ANIQ drives the application of SAICM in Mexico

The Mexican chemical industry association, ANIQ, is working alongside government, public administration, academics and civil society to deliver the SAICM goal of the rational management of chemical products throughout their life cycle.  The ambition is that by 2020 chemicals in Mexico are used and produced in a way that minimizes significant adverse effects on human health and the environment.

The initiative is led by Mexico’s National Consultative Committee for the Integral Management of Chemical Substances, Persistent Organic Compounds and Hazardous Waste which is chaired by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and has a number of working groups.

ANIQ sits on the SAICM working group where 62 elements of the SAICM Global Action Plan have been identified as priorities.  […]

ICCA ensures representation at SAICM Bureau and Upcoming Meetings

ICCA has nominated Servet Gören to serve as the industry representative at the SAICM Bureau.  Her main role is to ensure that the industry’s views are incorporated into the SAICM processes – including the Intersessional Process and the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG).

The next Intersessional Process meeting will be held on 12-16 March 2018 in Stockholm.  In the meantime, Regional Meetings are scheduled for January and February in Bangkok and Panama City (see Calendar section at the end of this newsletter).

ICCA is very active in providing input to the relevant documents that will guide the discussion at upcoming meetings and also ensures that its key messages are conveyed and taken up at regional meetings.

The date and venue of the next […]

ICCA Traineeship on global chemicals management

Jean Balsat joins Cefic this month on a three-month traineeship. One of his tasks is to work on ICCA activities related to global chemicals management,  with a specific focus on Responsible Care®.  Jean will oversee joint capacity building projects between industry and UN Environment and also be involved in activities related to desk studies on SDGs and knowledge and information.

By the end of his training Jean will have become familiar with worldwide chemical industry issues and challenges and be equipped to secure a potential position with UN Environment and act as the ICCA contact for the SAICM Secretariat.

A French national, Jean holds two Master’s degrees: in Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development and in Local and Regional Economics, Urban Planning and […]

Chemical Industry Leaders Launch New Charter Strengthening Commitment to Safe Chemicals Management

Leaders highlight progress toward SACIM 2020 goals at high-level event at ICCM4
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, October 1, 2015 – Tonight, at the Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) will publicly launch its updated and strengthened Responsible Care Global Charter, which aims to unite global chemical companies under a unified system of performance management.

To date, 517 chemical industry leaders have pledged support for the Global Charter. The list of signees includes more than 85 percent of the world’s top 100 petrochemical and chemical manufacturers.

Also joining these companies in their commitment to continuous improvement are more than 400 small- and medium-sized companies that operate globally. In addition, thousands of other domestic companies participate actively in Responsible Care through […]

In Pictures: ICCA at ICCM4

In 2015, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) is pleased to join our partners in sustainability and sound chemicals management for the 4th Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) in Geneva.

Thanks to public-private partnerships, the development of new products and solutions that improve people’s lives, initiatives such as Responsible Care® and the Global Product Strategy (GPS), combined with our actions and expertise to continuously improve performance, ICCA is proud to report that our industry is paving the way to a stronger, more sustainable future.

Tuesday at ICCM4: Join ICCA for a Side Event on Supply Chain Partnerships and Chemicals Management

On Tuesday, September 29, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) will host a side event illustrating the importance of supply chain partnerships in creating a future where chemicals can be produced and used sustainably.

The session, “Supply Chain Partnerships for Sustainable Chemicals Management,” will include a light lunch for attendees beginning at 12:45 PM (CET), before opening at 1:15 PM with a keynote presentation by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). A panel discussion moderated by Greg Bond, Manitou View Consulting LLC principal and former corporate director of product responsibility for Dow Chemical, will follow, featuring perspectives from chemical companies and downstream industry leaders, including:

Ronald Bock, EMEA Environmental Risk Manager, The Chemours Company
Giorgia […]

Global Chemical Manufacturers Call for Robust, Consistent Approach to Screen and Test Chemicals for Interaction with the Endocrine System

Principles will advance scientific understanding and support development of scientific consensus
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, September 28, 2015 – The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) today released its “Principles for Identifying Endocrine-Active and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals,” a set of 11 recommendations to promote reliability, consistency and scientific integrity in the screening and testing of chemicals for endocrine activity and endocrine disruption.  The release of the Principles comes at the beginning of the United Nations Environment Program’s Fourth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management, where stakeholders including government representatives, non-governmental organizations and industry are meeting to discuss ways to promote sound chemicals management around the globe.

The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that help regulate many bodily functions.  […]

Global Chemistry Industry ‘PAVES’ the Way to Sustainable Development and Sound Chemicals Management at ICCM4

ICCA Introduces Updated Global Charter, Calls for Strengthening SAICM Beyond 2020, Cites Products, Actions, Vision, Expertise and Solutions as Leading Industry Contributions
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 – At the opening of the 4th Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) on September 28, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) will join stakeholders from governments, international organizations, industry and civil society to review progress made toward creating a future where chemicals can be produced and used sustainably. Guiding this journey is the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a multi-stakeholder partnership forged in 2006 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organization (WHO).

At this year’s conference, ICCA will report on more than 20 industry […]

The SAICM Journey: 20 Milestones to 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC]

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) has made real, tangible progress on the road to sound chemicals management.

That’s because 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 as opportunities to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

Our shared optimism has driven us to reach new heights along the SAICM journey, guided by ICCA’s Global Product Strategy (GPS) and Responsible Care programs. While we’ve made progress, the journey continues.

By strengthening SAICM, we can accelerate and intensify the deployment of innovative products and technologies to address global challenges and enable a more sustainable future.
Download the Infographic: The SACIM Journey – 20 Milestones to 2020

All Aboard: Chinese Chemical Industry Leaders Sign Onto Responsible Care Global Charter

On September 18 in Shanghai, chemical industry leaders from around the world gathered as more than 300 Chinese chemical company CEOs belonging to the China Petrochemicals and Chemicals Industry Federation (CPCIF) formally signed onto the Responsible Care® Global Charter. By doing so, China has demonstrated its commitment to strengthen chemicals management systems to safeguard people and the environment.

This is particularly significant as a safe, strong and vibrant chemical industry in China is an asset to both the global chemicals industry and world economy. China is currently the largest chemicals manufacturing economy in the world, valued at around U.S. $1.44 trillion in 2014, and CPCIF members represent 70 percent of the petroleum and chemical industry in China.

A Blueprint for Improving EHS Performance

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