The American Chemistry Council (ACC) presented its
Responsible Care awards this week to four
member companies, Ethyl Corp., Celanese, LyondellBasell and
Bayer, in recognition of each of the companies' outstanding
achievements in environmental, health, safety and security
"These four companies epitomize the chemical industry's
commitment to a safer, more sustainable future," said ACC
chief executive Cal Dooley. "Each company has demonstrated
exemplary achievements in environment
al performance, worker
safety and the health and well-being of the communities in
which they operate."
To be eligible for the Company of the Year award, companies
must demonstrate how they have surpassed Responsible
performance criteria, including: a safety
performance rating in the top 10% of companies in their size
category, with no significant process incidents in the
previous year; positive performance measures in the areas of
transportation safety, process safety and emissions
demonstrated improvements in EHS'S performance, product
stewardship, distribution safety and emergency preparedness.
For the third time in four years, Ethyl Corp. is being
honored as a Responsible Care company of the year.
In 2013, Ethyl won its third straight Union Pacific Railroad
Safety Pinnacle Award for Excellence in chemical
transportation safety. Ethyl also received the "Perfect
Record Award" from the National Safety Council for safety
performance in three of the past four years, and recently
celebrated 18 years of no lost time injuries at its Canada
"This award is very meaningful to all of us at Ethyl because
it is recognition from our peers for our performance on
principles, primarily health,
, product stewardship,
community service and overall doing the right thing," said
Ethyl president Azfar Choudhury.
In 2013, Celanese had its best global safety performance
zero recordable injuries at US Responsible
facilities. In addition, Celanese's One
program drives a culture of process safety
throughout the organization, and the implementation of the
Council has helped
to reduce emissions
and waste generation at
key sites to ensure Celanese's sustainability
goals were met.
"Celanese has been Responsible Care certified since
2006, and we have been practicing the elements of
Responsible Care for more than 30 years," said
Darren Collins, vice president of manufacturing for Celanese.
"Our management system has always had principle-based
expectations in safety, environment and health, which has
been strengthened by our deep employee engagement. It's an
honor for everyone at Celanese to be recognized for their
efforts to make the principles of Responsible Care
truly part of the Celanese culture."
Responsible Care is embedded into everyday business
at LyondellBasell, through its operational excellence
management system and its logistic service provider risk
classification. In 2013, LyondellBasell instituted new
product steward bulletins for more than 800 of its most
frequently ordered products distributing more than
25,000 bulletins to customers and interested parties.
"We never forget the real reason LyondellBasell is a
Responsible Care company; it's because we are
protecting those who work in our plants and those who are our
neighbors and customers. We take our Responsible
Care commitment very personally," said LyondellBasell
CEO James Gallogly. "We thank the ACC for recognizing us as
we pursue health and safety excellence."
In 2013, Bayer implemented its "DRIVE TOWARD ZERO" program,
establishing an organizational culture promoting continuous
improvement in compliance, process and product safety, sustainability
al performance, and
safety. Bayer's commitment to safety is evidenced though its
detailed product and safety training program, which includes
on-site support for new customers to ensure safe handling of
materials, before their first shipment is received.
"Bayer has been involved with Responsible Care since
its inception more than 25 years ago," said Jerry MacCleary,
president of Bayer MaterialScience. "It plays an integral
role in Bayer's Sustainable Development program and provides
external validation of Bayer's license to operate.' We
are very proud and humbled to have been chosen for this
Responsible Care is the chemical industry's
world-class EHS'S performance initiative. Since 1988,
Responsible Care companies have reduced hazardous releases to
the air, land and water by more than 76%, improved energy
efficiency overall, and have a worker safety record that is
more than twice as safe, on average, as the overall chemical
manufacturing sector and four times safer than the
manufacturing industry as a whole.