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SABIC wins VNCI Responsible Care Award for 2011

06-17-2011 01:12 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: SABIC Polymers

/ PR Agency: Marketing Solutions
A crash buffer of one of the wagons of Barendrecht.

A crash buffer of one of the wagons of Barendrecht.

Chemicals Company commended as a trendsetter in transport safety
Sittard, the Netherlands – June 16, 2011 – SABIC has won the Responsible Care award for 2011. The announcement was made on Wednesday June 15 during the annual meeting of the Dutch Chemical Industry Federation (Vereniging van de Nederlandse Chemische Industrie (VNCI)) in The Hague. The company was chosen to receive the award because of its efforts to render the transportation of hazardous substances as safe as possible. SABIC has implemented a number of safety policies which go above and beyond the statutory and regulatory provisions. In addition, SABIC also actively involves its suppliers in safety improvements throughout the logistics chain.

Two tangible examples of this are the Rail Safety Policy and the Responsible Care requirement for our haulers. The judging panel decided that by introducing this new safety policy, SABIC has proved itself to be an excellent example of how to implement transport safety. In the view of the panel of experts and also the general public, who were able to cast their vote for the first time, SABIC has set the standard with this safety policy.

Rail Safety Policy

Among other things, the Rail Safety Policy prescribes that the company only uses carriages fitted with crash buffers. The use of this safety feature ensures that the impact of a collision on the tank is smaller, thereby reducing the risk of a disaster. In addition, under the Rail Safety Policy the carriages used are no more than 20 years old. This is also beneficial in terms of transport safety. SABIC was presented with a trophy to mark the occasion and is now in the running for the European Responsible Care award.

Responsible Care

The Responsible Care program is a global initiative introduced by the chemical industry which aims to continuously improve companies’ performance in the field of safety, health, the environment and sustainability. On April 1 of this year, SABIC became the first company in the industry to call for its haulers to commit to Responsible Care. For this purpose, SABIC concluded three-year contracts with its road haulers to reinforce the company’s commitment to safety and sustainability throughout the entire logistics chain. This emphasizes the importance of implementing measures in an efficient manner and of openly discussing not only the successes but also the failures. It is also important to work with the authorities and organizations in order to develop, attain and also to exceed safety standards.

Huub Meessen, Vice President for Europe, says that he is “proud that SABIC’s revolutionary safety vision has been rewarded with the presentation of this Responsible Care award. I hope that our initiatives contribute to new standards being put in place within the chemical industry which will then further increase safety during the transportation of hazardous substances.”

Henny Egberink, Vice President Manufacturing for Europe states that “SABIC would not have been able to win this award without the efforts and inspiration of our staff members involved and the cooperation of our haulers who wholeheartedly support our vision to demonstrate, through our actions as well as our words, that safety is being placed at the top of the agenda not only at SABIC but throughout the entire logistics chain.”

“Our goal is to implement the safest and most sustainable logistics chain possible,” says Michel Wintraecken, SABIC Manager Sourcing & Contracting, Supply Chain Chemicals Europe. “Our safety policy focuses on working with our logistics service providers to achieve a continuous process of improvement. We also propagate this philosophy in the various industrial consultative bodies in which we are involved.”

Henk Bril, Senior Expert Distribution Safety at SABIC, says, “this award will hopefully make more companies see that safe transport is also a requirement of social responsibility. Our care doesn’t stop at the door and society quite rightly expects the business community to put its best foot forward when it comes to safety and the environment.”

The Responsible Care award will bring the VNCI Responsible Care right into the spotlight. The industry association has been bestowing this award on the most prominent and inspiring candidate since 1999. This year there were nine entries and for the first time in the award’s history the public was able to have its say in an online poll. The independent Responsible Care judging panel, which consisted of representatives from the government, MVO Nederland and the chemical industry, took the result of the online vote into account in its final decision. AkzoNobel and Nyrstar, who were both nominated alongside SABIC, received an honorable mention.


Notes to Editors
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.
SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 21.5 billion (US$ 5.73 billion) in 2010. Sales revenues for 2010 totaled SR 152 billion (US$ 40.5 billion). Total assets stood at SR 317.6 billion (US$ 84.5 billion) at the end of 2010.
SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 18 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and China. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with 33,000 employees worldwide.
SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. SABIC’s overall production has increased from 35 million metric tons in 2001 to 66 million metric tons in 2010.
Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
About SABIC in Europe
In Europe SABIC has 12 world-scale production facilities which manufacture polyethylenes, polypropylenes, engineering thermoplastics and chemical products. An extensive network of local sales offices and logistical hubs are responsible for sales of these products as well as those manufactured elsewhere in the world. In addition SABIC has three research facilities based in the region, which form part of its global Technology and Innovation organization.
SABIC employs approximately 6000 people in Europe.
Media Notes
• As an acronym, SABIC should be all caps whenever it appears in print.
• ® Trademark of SABIC

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