US chemical producers, distributors in sustainability pact

11 June 2009 19:01  [Source: ICIS news]

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (ICIS news)--US chemical industry leaders on Thursday urged companies to look up and down their supply chains and transportation networks for opportunities to implement sustainable development policies.

The call coincided with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) that seeks alignment in their environmental, health, safety, and security programmes, known respectively as Responsible Care and Responsible Distribution Process (RDP).

"We generally would not do business with suppliers that are not part of the ACC's Responsible Care initiative," said Andreas Kramvis, president and chief executive for specialty materials at Honeywell.

"We go through a very rigorous vetting in buying services, in buying transportation," Kramvis said in a panel discussion at the ACC's annual meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The pact between the two industry associations promises close cooperation, said Chris Jahn, president of the NACD.

NACD’s RDP programme was developed in 1991. It requires third-party verification of management practices, and guides member companies on environmental protection, health and safety issues, security.

The Responsible Care initiative was launched by the ACC in 1988. It sets out environment, health and safety standards and requires independent auditors to certify the implementation of  management systems.

"Actions will include exchanging information on respective initiative progress and seeking mutual training opportunities to promote RDP and Responsible Care implementation along the supply chain," Jahn said in a statement.

ACC president Cal Dooley said the association's members have reduced reportable distribution incidents by 43% since 1995, while chemical shipments increased by 16%. 

"We expect the efforts under this partnership to result in continued improvement," Dooley said.

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