17 December 2006 08:50 [Source: ICIS news]
DUBAI (ICIS news)--Borealis and its joint venture company Borouge committed themselves to improve environment and safety standards after joining Responsible Care in Dubai on Sunday.
“Borouge is proud to be the first company in the Gulf region to sign up for this [Responsible Care Global Charter],” Harri Bucht, Borouge’s ceo said at the inaugural Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) forum.
“We look forward to bringing our know-how to this part of the world.”
Launched by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) in January 2006, the charter is an initiative designed to raise industry-wide performance in health and safety, the environment and business sustainability.
The industry has debated making the voluntary set of guidelines compulsory for companies. However, smaller downstream chemical companies have lobbied against such measures due to fears of escalating costs.
“A voluntary set of guidelines gives small and large scale companies the chance to get involved,” John Taylor Borealis’ ceo said.
“It's better than behaving like a school teacher telling the pupils what to do.”
Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), produces polyethylene (PE) products for the pipe, wire and cable markets.
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