The American Chemistry Council (ACC) in partnership with the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) has announced the launch of two initiatives - the Responsible Care Global Charter and the Global Product Strategy.
The announcement was made at the United Nations International Conference on Chemicals Management conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which is meeting to adopt a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
The Responsible Care Global Charter extends and builds upon the elements of ACC's Responsible Care® program by creating a long-term direction for future development and establishing a vigorous agenda for the international chemistry industry.
The charter focuses on challenges facing the chemical industry and society including sustainable development, effective management of chemicals along the value chain, greater industry transparency and increased global harmonization and consistency among Responsible Care programs in countries around the world.
President and CEO of Honeywell Specialty Materials, Dr. Nance Dicciani, introduced the Responsible Care Global Charter at this event.
"For the more than 50 associations participating in Responsible Care, this new initiative, the Responsible Care Global Charter, elevates our commitment by worldwide performance data reporting, management systems approaches and verification processes beyond self-assessment - something that stakeholders and customers have long called for," she said.
The Global Product Strategy (GPS) was developed to expand and coordinate the global industry's commitment to providing product stewardship and to managing the safe use of chemicals throughout their lifecycle.
The GPS includes plans for product administration, a tiered process for risk assessment and management, as well as product performance focusing on working with downstream customers.
ACC President & CEO Jack N. Gerard said, "The Global Product Strategy builds on the success of our product stewardship efforts under Responsible Care® and we are committed to working constructively with all sectors and all stakeholders to improve environmental, health and safety performance not only on chemicals management, but in all aspects of chemical manufacture and use."
Concluded, Cefic Director General and ICCA Council Secretary, Alain Perroy, "Our industry has been working closely with UNEP and other IGOs and NGOs on these important issues related to chemicals management."
"As an important complement and contribution to SAICM, we are moving forward to implement these new voluntary objectives and commitments."