media release

Chemical industry supports action plan

Held in Johannesburg, South Africa, the outlook for chemical manufacturers was just one of the many topics under discussion during the summit, which was attended by important political figures from around the world.

“The global chemical industry welcomes the action plan on chemicals agreed by heads of state at the World Summit on Sustainable Development,” said Alain Perroy, Council Secretary of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and Director General of the European Chemical Industry Council, CEFIC. The plan provides that, by 2020, chemicals be used and produced in ways that lead to minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment based on sound science, risk assessment and risk management, following the precautionary approach as set out in the Rio agreement. Embodying its commitment to sustainable development, the global chemical industry’s Responsible Care initiative—underway since 1985—complements the actions required of governments on chemicals. Through this initiative, the chemical industry will step up its actions to continuously improve its health, safety and environmental performance and to support developing countries in strengthening their capacity to manage chemicals safely. ICCA also favors the implementation of a global system for the classification and labeling of chemicals by 2008 and the development of a global strategic approach to chemicals management by 2005.

(Released: September 16, 2002)