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ICTA members develop view on sustainability

ICTA members develop view on sustainability

At the meeting in Carlsbad last fall, ICTA members discussed our industry’s view on sustainability (slides can be found here). This elicited a serious discussion and afterwards members were invited to comment in writing on the suggested vision and approach.

This has resulted in a framework for sustainability thinking for our industry. In short, ICTA sees four main sustainability themes towards 2030. These are: (1) circular economy, (2) emission reduction, (3) restriction of substances and (4) supply chain responsibility. These four themes can be linked to four UN Sustainable Development Goals (3, 8, 12, 13). ICTA members are advised to focus their sustainability efforts on these four themes first. Our RC/RD-programs provide a solid basis for working on these issues.
 

ICTA explains its goals at Indian chemical conference

ICTA explains its goals at Indian chemical conference

Last year ICTA signed an memorandum of understanding with the Indian Chemical Council. Both organizations agreed to work together to support the Indian chemical distribution market and drive improvements in health, safety, security and environment along the supply chain.

The first result of the agreement was that Mr. Robert Stuyt gave a presentation at the India Chemical Industry Outlook Conference in Mumbai. At the conference there were hundreds of participants from international  
(Arkema, BASF, Covestro, etc.) and national (NITI Aayog, Reliance, TATA, etc.) companies, as well as consultants (McKinsey, Accenture) and government officials (India, UK).

During his talk Mr. Stuyt introduced ICTA and emphasized the importance of the chemical distribution industry to the mostly chemical manufacturing companies that were present. He explained specifically what the added value of chemical distributors can be in upcoming markets such as India. The relevance of RC/RD to the Indian market and the concept of supply chain responsibility were other key topics.

ICTA and ICC will jointly determine the next steps to further shape this cooperation. It is the goal of ICTA to provide an opening for its members to the fast-growing Indian chemicals market as well as its manufacturing capabilities. At the same time ICTA hopes to help the Indian chemical distribution market to deal with challenges relating to safe working conditions and environmental pollution more effectively.

Azelis joins ICTA

Azelis joins ICTA

International chemical distributor Azelis has decided to become a member of ICTA.  Earlier this year CEO Hans Joachim Müller and Head of Group SHEQ Maria Almenar had a meeting with the ICTA secretariat at the Azelis offices near Antwerp.

From now on, Azelis will benefit from ICTA membership, allowing its voice to be heard on global issues and becoming part of the global network. At the same time ICTA, will benefit from Azelis’ expertise and knowledge of the chemical distribution industry.

Azelis is world-class distributor both commercially and with regard to sustainability, as recognized by both Azelis’ RC/RD commitments and its EcoVadis Gold rating. Azelis ensures to provide a safe working environment. It continually improves its operating systems, distribution network and understanding of its products. Azelis aims to surpass legislative requirements and proactively provides the advice to all partners along the supply chain to help them ensure their safety and health, as well as the protection of environment. The company’s sustainable procurement policy covers labor practices and human rights, environment and fair operating practices including due diligence on conflict minerals.