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NACD Members Support Earth Day, Every Day
2:38 AM MDT | April 23, 2010 | By NACD
Member companies of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD; Arlington, VA) supported the objectives of yesterday's Earth Day by incorporating both large and small environmental and conservation strategies into their ongoing everyday operations as called for in Responsible Distribution’s requirement to continuously improve performance in environment, health, safety, and security:
Most NACD member companies report routine procedures that include reusing, shredding, and recycling all paper; using document retrieval and storage software to cut down on printed forms and bills of lading; reusing containers and packaging; and recycling bottles, aluminum cans, steel, electronic equipment, printer cartridges, fluorescent bulbs/tubes, and batteries. Other actions include:
“A focus on Responsible Distribution is prevalent throughout all NACD member companies’ green and sustainability efforts. It’s exciting to learn of their programs, some general in nature and others fine-tuned to fit the specific business,” says NACD President Chris Jahn. “Their impact on the environment is decreasing even as their products distributed have increased, according to our recent Membership Performance and Data Reports.”
As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, NACD is getting ready to celebrate its 40th year. Since 1991, NACD member companies have been committed to continuous improvement in the responsible management of chemicals through Responsible Distribution’s Guiding Principles. In these Guiding Principles, environmental concerns are covered from the beginning stages of a product’s lifecycle, as in Guiding Principle #2: ‘To make health, safety, security, and environmental considerations a priority in planning for all existing and new operations, products, processes, and facilities.’ Additionally, environmental actions are implemented throughout the environmental management process, including the governing laws and regulations, as in Guiding Principle #7 – ‘To participate with government and others in creating responsible laws, regulations, and practices to safeguard the community, workplace, and environment.’”
For additional information on NACD’s Membership Performance and Data Reports results, visit: http://www.nacd.com/dist_process/rdp_indices_members.aspx.