18 June 2001 19:28 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (CNI)--The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the American Crop Protection Association (ACPA) said Monday they have signed a Responsible Care partnership agreement to collaborate in promoting the safe use of their products.
ACC president Fred Webber and ACPA president Jay Vroom signed the agreement on behalf of their respective memberships.
Under the agreement, ACPA will participate in ACC's Responsible Care initiative by promoting performance improvement and mutual assistance among its members. In return, ACC will provide ACPA with direct access to Responsible Care resources and opportunities.
"Through Responsible Care, council members and partners are committed to the vision of no accidents, injuries or harm to the environment," Webber said. "Our partnership with ACPA extends that commitment by promoting Responsible Care to a broader segment of our chemistry supply and distribution chain."
Vroom said pesticide makers share the ACC's commitment to safety and environmental excellence and believe a focus on Responsible Care will complement their own product stewardship activities.
"This partnership makes sense not only for our two associations, but for the numerous crop technology companies, their customers, and communities who will benefit from our collaboration," he said.
In addition, Vroom said, his industry sees a need to extend the long-standing chemistry focus of Responsible Care to include both the biotechnology and chemistry portfolios developed and marketed by ACPA member companies.
"We strongly believe, just as stewardship does not stop at the manufacturer's gate, it must also be inclusive of all technologies marketed through our member companies," Vroom said. "As technology changes, broadening the stewardship avenue is essential to maintain the confidence of our ultimate customer - the consumer."
Responsible Care, the chemical industry's health, safety and environmental performance initiative, was launched in 1988.
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