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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 […]

By |October 1st, 2015|Vision|0 Comments

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.

By |September 30th, 2015|Actions, Expertise, Products, Solutions, Vision|0 Comments

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 […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Actions, Expertise, Products, Solutions, Vision|0 Comments

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.  […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Actions, Expertise, Vision|0 Comments

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 […]

By |September 24th, 2015|Actions, Expertise, Products, Solutions, Vision|0 Comments

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

By |September 19th, 2015|Actions, Expertise, Products, Solutions, Vision|0 Comments

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

Around the […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Actions, Vision|0 Comments

100 Ways: The Chemistry of Sustainable Development [VIDEO]

ICCA’s “100 Ways” video hub features more than 100 examples from nearly 40 organizations illustrating some of the many ways industry is helping to advance the UN’s sustainable development agenda.

At the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, Member States launched a process to develop a set of universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to better target and monitor progress across all three dimensions of sustainable development – social, environmental and economic. The SDGs are intended to build upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and converge with the post-2015 development agenda.

ICCA members believe a sustainable future begins with the chemical industry’s own environmental footprint and extends to the innovations we develop to help solve some of the world’s […]

By |September 10th, 2015|Products, Solutions|0 Comments

Our Unified Vision: The Revised Responsible Care Global Charter

More than 300 ICCA member chemical companies around the world have signed the revised Responsible Care Global Charter, including 80 percent of the largest 102 global chemical companies, as a show of our industry’s unified commitment to safe chemicals management.

In 2015, we updated and strengthened the Global Charter to address ongoing stakeholder expectations and evolving challenges, to enable industry to speak with a common voice about its global commitments.

The enhanced Global Charter includes more stringent process safety and facility security requirements, specific measures to advance sustainability, expand economic opportunity and improve use of resources, and expanded commitment to developing solutions to address societal challenges.

The Responsible Care Journey under SAICM

Since we first began the SAICM journey in 2006, we’ve expanded the […]

By |September 9th, 2015|Actions, Expertise, Vision|0 Comments

Expertise in Action: ICCA’s Product Stewardship Pioneers Circumnavigate the Globe for Sound Chemicals Management

If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of the 172 capacity building workshops across 46 countries ICCA sponsored over the past decade, it may be difficult to picture exactly what we mean by collaborating for safer worldwide chemicals management and driving performance excellence around the world. If so, this collection of photos from our colleagues in Japan and Southeast Asia should help illustrate what Expertise in Action looks like.

(Keep in mind – we’ve also sponsored workshops in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe!)

To maintain our forward momentum toward reaching the SAICM 2020 goal, we must continue to invest our resources, time and expertise in areas where the greatest progress can be made. ICCA members believe our […]

By |September 1st, 2015|Actions, Expertise|0 Comments