InterviewNACD aims to promote distribution standard worldwide

02 September 2010 23:30  [Source: ICIS news]

By Joseph Chang

NEW YORK (ICIS)--The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) expects to sign a memorandum of understanding with several distributor organisations worldwide to employ Responsible Distribution practices, its president said on Thursday.

The Responsible Distribution programme is the NACD’s initiative focusing on continuous improvement in the areas of environment, health, safety and security among chemical distributors. The NACD certifies compliance through third-party verification.

“It’s our hope that by the end of the year, we are able to sign a multi-nation memorandum of understanding to commit to adopting Responsible Distribution at our annual meeting in December in Palm Springs, California,” said Chris Jahn, president of the NACD, in an interview with ICIS.

“It will be tailored to the laws and regulations of their countries, but the bedrock will be third-party verification,” he added.

Chemical distributor associations in the US, Canada and Brazil are already on board with the initiative, and the NACD is reaching out to associations in Mexico, Europe and China.

“We want as many people who walk the walk to join us as possible,” Jahn said.

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