Chemical distribution associations in US, Canada, Brazil sign MoU

02 December 2010 03:19  [Source: ICIS news]

LA QUINTA, California (ICIS)--The chemical distribution organisations of the US, Canada and Brazil, in an effort to promote and encourage Responsible Distribution, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday.

The US-based National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), the Brazilian Association of Chemical Distributors (ASSOCIQUIM) and the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD) have agreed “to recognise the value of their respective Responsible Distribution initiatives”, the associations said in a statement.

The Responsible Distribution programme is an NACD inititiative.

It essentially says that chemical distribution companies must successfully pass a third-party verification, including site inspections, and “requires members to continuously improve performance in the [areas of] environment, health, safety and security”, according to NACD’s website.

The MoU was signed during NACD’s annual meeting by Chris Jahn, president of NACD, Rod Paterson, board member of CACD, and Rubens Medrano, president of ASSOCIQUIM.

Responsible Distribution “is us showing the government that we know what it takes to be good industrial citizens”, said Andrew Skipp, chairman of the NACD’s annual meeting and president of US-based chemical distributor Hubbard-Hall, after the signing.

“Educating customers and suppliers about Responsible Distribution will… drive more business for our members,” added Jahn.

The MoU was “very important to Brazil”, noted Medrano.

“The chemical distribution market has many multinationals” and the MoU would push Brazil to “upgrade… distribution, [and] increase responsibility and accountability”, said Medrano.

Canada considered the MoU “an important step in improving global distribution and it is something for other countries to follow”, said Paterson.

Currently many European chemical distributors are against third-party verification for a variety of reasons.

“We are going to challenge the rest of the world to join us in third-party verification,” said Jahn.

The NACD's annual meeting lasts through Thursday.

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By: Ivan Lerner
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