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Industry Defends License to Operate: Big Guns Converge on Geneva
10:26 AM MDT | May 14, 2009 | By ALEX SCOTT
The crowds have been drawn here by back-to back meetings in the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-2) featuring the UN’s Strategic Approach of International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
These are crucial meetings because they will be used by regulators to judge the industry’s environmental progress over the past few years. Specifically, the UN and government representatives will be looking to find out exactly how far industry’s environmental programs, including product stewardship, have progressed since 2002 when industry agreed at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development to work with governments and other stakeholders to achieve certain environmental goals.
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Just how seriously industry is taking the meetings can be shown by the type of executives that are here attending and giving briefings. Those present include Jürgen Hambrecht, chairman of BASF, Mohammed Al-Mady, vice chairman and CEO of Sabic, Christian Jourquin, chairman of Solvay and president of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), Reiner Groh, general manager for Sasol's chemical businesses, and so the list goes on.
By the end of the day on Friday this week we will have a better idea of just how well the global chemical industry’s program to improve its environmental performance has been received.
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