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GPCA signs MoU with ACC to launch Gulf's Responsible Care Initiative
10:44 AM MST | December 21, 2009 | News Release
DUBAI, December 10, 2009 – Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to establish a Responsible Care® program for the region’s petrochemical and chemical industry. The MOU marks a major step forward in implementing GPCA’s ambitious plans to ensure that the regional industry adopts uniform world-class Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) practices.
The MoU was signed by Mr. Mohamed H. Al-Mady, Chairman, GPCA and Vice Chairman & CEO - SABIC, Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General of GPCA, Stephen D. Pryor, Director, American Chemistry Council, and President, ExxonMobil Chemical Company and Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the ACC.
The initiative came on the concluding day of the Fourth Annual GPCA Forum, which is being held at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City during December 8-10.
The Responsible Care ethic is the petrochemicals industry’s foundation for a sustainable future. Launched in Canada more than 20 years ago, it covers all aspects of chemical industry activity: process safety, pollution prevention, distribution safety, product stewardship, security, community awareness and emergency response. It is the global chemical industry’s signature initiative to enhance EHS performance within chemical facilities and along their supply chains. Participating national or regional trade associations agree to conform to the Responsible Care Global Charter and the Responsible Care Fundamental Features instituted by the International Council of Chemical Association (ICCA).
With the signing of the MOU, GPCA is aiming to develop its Responsible Care Program over the next year to obtain ICCA recognition in 2010. GPCA’s members, many of whom have already adopted the global industry’s best practices, are fully supportive of Responsible Care. The Association now has a dedicated Responsible Care Committee that will help implement the MOU and work closely with ACC and GPCA member companies.
For more than 20 years, ACC members and Responsible Care partners have implemented the program in their organizations. Responsible Care has resulted in improved performance, safer handling of products in the supply chain and recognition of the industry’s efforts by governments, non-governmental organizations and members of the public. As part of its commitment to spreading the ethic of Responsible Care, ACC regularly engages in reaching out to diverse organizations to assist them in the development and implementation of performance improvement programs.
In a joint statement at the signing, Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, GPCA Secretary General, and Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), said:
“The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) we signed today represents a promise by our organizations -- and their members -- to our employees, communities, supply chains that will help ensure the products of chemistry can continue to improve the quality of life in the Gulf region and worldwide.
“As organizations, we are committing to build a Responsible Care program that will expand our commitment to sound chemicals management, product stewardship and safety to the companies, employees and communities represented by the GPCA members and their supply chains. GPCA promises to develop and implement Responsible Care program elements, establish a Responsible Care infrastructure within the association and its members, and promote the value-added benefits of Responsible Care to stakeholders. Of crucial importance, to ensure conformance with Responsible Care requirements, GPCA will obtain third-party verification of company efforts. These efforts are undertaken with the full support of GPCA members.
“ACC promises to assist GPCA by providing staff support, institutional assistance, training and workshops for company and association personnel. In particular, ACC will assist GPCA in developing overall program management and administration capacity, documentation and procedures, member and stakeholder communications, and outreach activity. ACC members look forward to learning more about this important region and how efforts here can be applied in the U.S. and the other 53 economies that are today part of the Responsible Care family.
“Finally, through the MOU, GPCA and ACC promise the people of the Gulf region that we will work together to help Gulf chemical producers achieve the goal defined by the UN’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) - that by 2020, ‘chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment.’ Responsible Care is making this possible in the U.S. and worldwide, and it will do so in the GCC region.
“We and our members are excited to share in this effort, and we look forward to GPCA’s admission to the ICCA’s Responsible Care Leadership Group next year as a measure of the progress we will make together.”
About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association
Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the first such industry association in the Middle East, has grown from strength to strength since its inception in March 2006, steering the regional industry towards a whole new era of co-operation. As the regions’ Petrochemicals and Chemicals Industry’s representative body, GPCA aims to enhance the role of the region in international debate and policy making to facilitate regional co-operation, and to ensure that growth is both sustainable and socially responsible. GPCA’s mission is to offer its members networking opportunities through various platforms to meet and share knowledge; exchange insights and expertise and advocate the development, growth and prosperity of the petrochemicals and chemicals industry and related businesses in the Gulf. Additional information is available at www.gpca.org.ae.
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