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Bayer, Celanese Among EHS Honorees

rcEthyl, Celanese, LyondellBasell and Bayer have been named as recipients of The American Chemistry Council‘s Responsible Care Company of the Year award in recognition of their achievements in environmental, health, safety and security.

To be eligible for the Responsible Care Company of the Year award, companies must demonstrate how they have surpassed Responsible Care performance criteria, including: a safety performance rating in the top 10 percent 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 reduction; and demonstrated improvements in EHS&S performance, product stewardship, distribution safety and emergency preparedness, the ACC said.

This is the third time in four years that Ethyl Corporation is being honored as a Responsible Care company of the year. The company recently celebrated 18 years of no lost time injuries at its Canada manufacturing location.

In 2013, Celanese had its best global safety performance – zero recordable injuries at US Responsible Care facilities. In addition, Celanese “drives a culture of process safety” throughout the organization, the ACC said. The implementation of the Celanese Sustainability Council has helped to reduce emissions and waste generation at key sites to ensure Celanese’s sustainability goals were met.

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, the ACC said.

In 2013, Bayer implemented its “Drive Toward Zero” program, establishing an organizational culture promoting continuous improvement in compliance, process and product safety, sustainability, environmental 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, the ACC said.

In October, Bayer was among a host of chemical companies concluding their first year of piloting sustainability assessments and audits in global supply chains.

The companies’ joint initiative, Together for Sustainability, aims to develop and implement a global supplier engagement program that assesses and improves chemical sustainability sourcing practices, including environmental and social aspects.

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