SAICM

Industry Stands Committed to SAICM’s Success in Order to Achieve Sound Chemicals Management

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 […]

Argentina Event Holds Promise of Strengthening Country’s Commitment to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

Over the past three decades, production and trade of chemicals have grown significantly in the South American country, Argentina. Argentina has many existing instruments related to the management of chemicals and has been a long-standing member of Responsible Care® for more than 20 years through its local host association Cámara de la Industria Química y Petroquímica (CIQyP).

Recently, Argentina was granted funding from the UN Special Programme for a project to “Strengthen the national capacity for the sound management of chemicals and waste.” The Special Programme aims to support institutional strengthening at the national level to enhance the implementation of the chemicals and waste conventions and achieve the  2020 goal of sound chemicals management under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals […]

Government, Industry and the United Nations are joining forces in Argentina for sound chemicals and waste management

Three-Day Event Holds Promise of Strengthening Country’s Commitment to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (April 26, 2018) – A diverse group of industry, government and international experts have convened in the city of Buenos Aires to support strengthening the sound management of chemicals and waste in Argentina. The meeting, hosted by the Argentine Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), aimed to strengthen cooperation between government authorities, industry, the United Nations and other stakeholders in order to improve chemicals and waste management at the national level in Argentina.

“The UN Environment […]

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.  […]