CIAC and Women Building Futures announce the John Vincett Responsible Care® Award

Women Building Futures and CIAC  are proud to announce the John Vincett Responsible Care Award.

This award was inspired by the legacy of John Philip Vincett, a prominent champion of the Responsible Care Initiative in Canada’s chemistry sector. Responsible Care requires companies to engage with communities near facilities and along transportation corridors, emergency responders, governments, and other stakeholders to advance laws and regulations supporting sustainability. This award has been created with the generous support of CIAC and will provide financial relief to Indigenous women who attend WBF programs.

On behalf of John, we are deeply honoured to acknowledge the CIAC contribution in his name to Women Building Futures (WBF). John brought integrity, thoughtfulness and commitment to all his endeavours, including his early career working with remote First Nations in Northern Ontario, and his many years working to support and expand Responsible Care. WBF is an organization that embodies John’s values and principles in its goal to empower women, and Indigenous communities through support of training and apprenticeships in the skilled trades.

  • Pam Wheaton, Toby, Sarah and Megan Vincett

Retired CIAC President Jean Bélanger, Honoured by the European Chemical Industry

On October 13, the man considered the godfather of Responsible Care®, retired CIAC President Jean Bélanger was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Ceifc, the European Chemical Industry Council.

In pre-recorded messages, Marco Mensink, Cefic Director General presented the award to Jean followed by his acceptance.

“We are very proud of Responsible Care, we do a lot of work in this area; we invest in it, we build on it, we revitalise it, and we also think it’s important to honour the people who made this enormous contribution to our sector,” said Marco Mensink, Cefic Director General during the ceremony.

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“It is truly remarkable to look back at the evolution of Responsible Care. Its relevance is more important today, than ever before.  Jean and his team were visionaries, and we are proud to carry on the work that they began 35 years ago”, said CIAC President and CEO Bob Masterson.

Jean was also asked to share some background on the development of Responsible Care.  His speech was shared with participants in a pre-recorded message read by his son, Pierre:

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CIAC statement on the passing of John Vincett

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We are very sad to share with you the news that John Vincett has passed away.

John was involved with Canada’s chemical and petrochemical industry for close to 40 years. A skilled communicator, he was a strong proponent of Responsible Care® and had facilitated CIAC’s National Advisory Panel (NAP) – the conscience of the Association – since its inception in 1986. His astute comprehension of the important issues concerning the industry allowed him to promote critical dialogue on some of the landmark issues our industry faced over the decades. Throughout his career, John worked with community outreach programs at more than 200 manufacturing sites across North America assisting companies in earning the social license to operate and helping guide them in gaining legitimate public trust.

In 2016, John was awarded CIAC’s Chair’s Award in recognition of his years of leadership and service to the industry. We are extremely grateful for the tireless efforts of John, and his long-time associate Francis Gillis, provided to our industry.

John was an imposing figure, at well over six feet tall, but his wit, gentle demeanour and broad smile put all at ease. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Pamela, his children Toby, Sarah and Megan and his granddaughter Madeleine.

Later this year, I will reach out to the broader Responsible Care community with ideas for establishing a lasting recognition of John’s many contributions.

Sincerely,

Bob Masterson
President and CEO

Industry groups come together to support Canada’s food banks

In an effort to bolster support for Canadian families in need, 18 national and regional industry associations and partners came together today to donate a total of $36,000 to the Ottawa Food Bank, Food Banks Canada, and to food banks across the country – and they have challenged other industry groups to do the same.

“The initiative spearheaded by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), also encourages participation from association staff members who have the means to support,” said MAC President and CEO Pierre Gratton.

“It all started with a Sunday afternoon thought and an email to Bob at CIAC and Derek at FPAC,” said Gratton. “They thought it was a great idea and by Sunday night we had over a dozen supporters on board,” he added.

“This is such a difficult time for so many families in Ottawa and across the country.  We are all trying to find the most meaningful ways to pitch in and help,” said CIAC President and CEO Bob Masterson. “We know that the Ottawa Food Bank, Food Banks Canada, and local food banks are trusted partners and can put these funds to use right away to help families in our communities,” Masterson added.

In addition to CIAC, FPAC, and MAC, the initiative has received support from:

  • Association Québécoise du Propane
  • Business Council of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Canadian Finance and Leasing Association
  • Canadian Fuels Association
  • Canadian Gas Association
  • Canadian Natural Gas Vehicles Association
  • Canadian Propane Association
  • Canadian Real Estate Association
  • Canadian Wood Council
  • Chamber of Marine Commerce
  • Fertilizer Canada
  • Railway Association of Canada
  • Retail Council of Canada
  • The Portage Group

“We thank our partners across so many different industries for their support,” said FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. “We stand together to challenge all industry groups based in Ottawa and those across the country to join us in donating to the Ottawa Food Bank, Food Banks Canada, or a local food bank or charity that is providing frontline support to families in need,” Nighbor added.

 

To make a donation to support the Ottawa Food Bank, please visit www.ottawafoodbank.ca

To make a donation in support of a food bank near you, please visit: http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/.

Canada’s chemistry sector commits to enhancing engagement with Indigenous communities

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) has updated its United Nations-recognized Responsible Care® Codes for 2020 to include new commitments for Canada’s leading chemical companies to engage Indigenous communities through proactive and formal processes.

While developing the codes, the CIAC engaged with Indigenous communities and their leaders, and these new commitments for CIAC members will taking effect this month.

CIAC members’ efforts to meet these important commitments will be assessed during their obligatory Responsible Care verification process, which is undertaken regularly by third parties with results made available to the public on CIAC’s website.

“Since the beginning of Responsible Care in 1985, CIAC members have been obligated to be accountable and responsive to the public, especially local communities who have the right to understand the risks and benefits of what they do,” said Bob Masterson, CIAC President and CEO. “In extending that obligation to specifically include Indigenous communities, Canada’s chemistry sector demonstrates the ongoing relevance of Responsible Care and its ability to be responsive to evolving societal expectations for the industry.”

Responsible Care commitments require CIAC member companies to:

  • Engage with Indigenous People in a manner that respects their unique history, culture and rights;
  • Provide appropriate supports to ensure Indigenous communities have the capacity to engage the company in a meaningful manner; and
  • Provide Indigenous communities with equitable access to employment, contracting and business opportunities.

For more than 30 years, Canada’s chemistry sector has led the journey towards safe, responsible and sustainable chemical manufacturing through its U.N.-recognized sustainability initiative, Responsible Care. Founded in Canada in 1985, Responsible Care is now practised in 73 countries and by 96 of the 100 largest chemical producers in the world. All CIAC members commit to and are publicly verified to the Responsible Care Ethics and Principles for Sustainability and the Responsible Care Codes, which cover all aspects of the company’s business and product lifecycle.

For more information on Responsible Care, visit our website

 

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Responsible Care® Indigenous Communities Code Elements

Responsible Care is the flagship program of the chemistry industry that ensures CIAC members innovate for safer and greener products and processes, and work to continuously improve their environmental, health and safety performance.  Launched in Canada in 1985 (and now adopted in 73 countries and recognized by the United Nations) CIAC member-companies strive to “do the right thing and be seen to do the right thing.”  This is our commitment to sustainability – delivering results for the betterment of society, the environment, and the economy.

Responsible Care® Ethics and Principles

The Ethics and Principles for Sustainability are the bedrock of Responsible Care. Commitment to these ethics and principles is a condition of CIAC membership and extends through to our transportation and service company partners.

Responsible Care is driven by the following core ethics and principles:

  • Work for the improvement of people’s lives and the environment, while striving to do no harm;
  • Be accountable and responsive to the public, especially our local communities, who have the right to understand the risks and benefits of what we do;
  • Take preventative action to protect health and the environment;
  • Innovate for safer products and processes that conserve resources and provide enhanced value;
  • Engage with our business partners to ensure the stewardship and security of our products, services and raw materials throughout their lifecycles;
  • Understand and meet expectations for social responsibility;
  • Work with all stakeholders for public policy and standards that enhance sustainability, act to advance legal requirements and meet or exceed their letter and spirit;
  • Promote awareness of Responsible Care and inspire others to commit to these principles.

Responsible Care® Codes

The Responsible Care Codes influence the decisions our member-companies make every day.  The most senior executive of each CIAC member-company must renew his or her corporate commitment to these principles annually, and this corporate commitment is put into practice through the implementation of a robust management system that drives continuous improvement towards meeting the Responsible Care codes.

Responsible Care is guided by 152 codes of practice covering Operations, Stewardship and Accountability, as described below:

  • Operations Codes: outline how Responsible Care companies should manage their facilities and equipment to ensure that they’re operated in a safe and responsible way. Companies must work to continuously improve the environmental performance of their facilities and processes and reduce their resource consumption.
  • Stewardship Codes: outline how companies must regularly review the value, impact and safety of the products that they make, and the services and technologies that they use. They must also work with their business partners – suppliers, distributors, transporters and customers – to ensure the stewardship and security of their products over their entire life cycle
  • Accountability Codes: outline how companies communicate the risks and benefits of their operations to those who live beside their plants, or in communities along transportation corridors, as well as to other stakeholders, and to work to address any concerns that they may have.

As of January 2020, new codes have been added to the Responsible Care program to formally address Indigenous community engagement within the program.  The new codes supplement the existing Responsible Care’s Accountability Code requirements to encourage proactive engagement, effective and timely communications and dialogue respecting unique history, culture and rights and seek equitable access for employment and contracting opportunities.  The new codes are detailed below:

Indigenous Communities Codes

This section refers to Indigenous Communities that are located in the area near a company-owned or leased production facility.

Engagement with such Indigenous Communities shall be undertaken with respect for their unique history, culture and rights.

The company is expected to identify those aspects of the Indigenous code elements that are appropriate for the size, scope and risk profile of the company, including nature, scale and impacts of its operations, activities, products and services.

These Indigenous code elements are intended to supplement the requirements of the other sections of the Accountability Code.  

The company shall implement and maintain an ongoing process that:

AC 153

Identifies and seeks to pro-actively engage with such Indigenous Communities

AC 154

Seeks to develop and maintain a working relationship with such Indigenous Communities to enable effective communications, dialogue or response to questions, suggestions or concerns expressed so they are addressed in a timely and respectful manner;

AC 155

Provides support, as appropriate, to allow such Indigenous Communities the capacity to engage meaningfully with the Company;

AC 156

Periodically reviews the effectiveness of the outreach, communications and engagement process with such Indigenous Communities;

ACC 157

Provides Indigenous Community members equitable access to employment and contracting opportunities, including procurement and supply chain.

 

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