EPCA ’13: Supply chain 'best practice' initiative will be global: exec

08 October 2013 13:49  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--A chemical industry initiative which aims to share best practice across chemical supply chains is likely to develop into a global scheme, an industry executive said on Tuesday.

A seventh company will join Together for Sustainability, started a year a ago with BASF, Bayer, Evonik, Henkel, LANXESS and Solvay as members, in 2013, Holger Huppeler, senior vice president, global procurement and logistics, at LANXESS, said.

Talks are being held with further candidate companies, not all of which are European.

He was speaking at the 47th European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in a business session on leadership in chemical supply chains.

The group aims to audit logistics suppliers and their relationships with chemical producers trying out sustainability audits and assessments.

“Group members start engaging with suppliers to raise awareness and support improvement of sustainability standards,” Together for Sustainability says in its promotional literature.

The initiative has been run so far as a pilot scheme and involved 40 audits of customer/supplier relationships. Its processes are designed to develop standards that could be applied to producer/supplier relationships to avoid business and other risks in chemical supply chains.

"It’s going to be a global thing,” Huppeler said.

The EPCA on Tuesday released an extensive chemicals supply and logistics sustainability report.

The annual EPCA meeting runs from 5-9 October.

By: Nigel Davis
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