March 28, 2014

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) was pleased to accept the Association Award for Sustainable Leadership at the GLOBE 2014 conference in Vancouver today. The annual GLOBE conference is North America’s largest forum on business and the environment.

Today’s award recognizes CIAC’s almost 30-year commitment to Responsible Care® ─ the association’s U.N.-recognized sustainability initiative, now practised in more than 60 countries around the world.

Guided by the Responsible Care® ethic to “Do the Right Thing, and Be Seen to Do the Right Thing”, CIAC and its members strive to meet Canadians’ expectations for community and environmental protection, employee health and safety, product stewardship, and social engagement. CIAC members also constantly innovate to provide safer and more environmentally friendly products and processes, and work to eliminate harm throughout the entire life cycle of their products.

“CIAC is absolutely delighted to receive this GLOBE Award,” said Bob Masterson, CIAC’s Vice-President of Responsible Care®.

“It’s recognition that the Responsible Care® ethic isn’t just a slogan – it’s a benchmark for guiding our decisions. It inspires us to do better, to think more deeply, and to engage more broadly in our pursuit of sustainability, both within our operations and communities, and when we’re working to provide solutions to global issues affecting our environment and society.”

Since 2002, the GLOBE Foundation has recognized business leaders for outstanding achievements in environmental stewardship through the GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence. Considered to be the most high-profile national awards series of its kind, the GLOBE Awards are judged by a panel of experts recognized in the Canadian business community. The GLOBE Association Award for Sustainable Leadership is presented to an organization that represents an industry, sector, or business collaborative that has shown leadership by going beyond regulatory compliance to develop a collective commitment to improve environmental performance in partnership with governments, non-governmental organizations, communities, and other stakeholders.

CIAC represents the interests of Canada’s leading chemistry companies – from petrochemical, inorganic and specialty chemical producers, to bio-based manufacturers and chemistry-related technology and R&D companies. Canada’s chemistry industry employs 84,000 Canadians directly, and supports another 420,000 jobs in the Canadian economy.