Cefic is the forum and the voice of the chemical industry in Europe
Cefic is a committed partner to EU policymakers, facilitating dialogue with industry and sharing our broad-based expertise. We represent 29,000 large, medium and small chemical companies in Europe, which directly provide 1.2 million jobs and account for 14.7% of world chemical production. Based in Brussels since our founding in 1972, we interact every day on behalf of our members with international and EU institutions, non-governmental organisations, the international media, and other stakeholders.
Our 670 members and affiliates form one of the most active networks of the business community, complemented by partnerships with industry associations representing various sectors in the value chain.
Representing the entire range of chemicals production, Cefic is organised around 6 programmes covering:
- HSSE, Energy and Climate Action
- Industrial Policy
- Legislation & Institutional Affairs
- Product Stewardship
- Research & Innovation
A Public Affairs Unit bringing together the core competencies of Communications and Advocacy/ Public Affairs plans the preparation and delivery of messages on key subjects which are of key importance to the sustainability of the Chemical Industry.
The 3 Industry sectors look after specific issues related to individual substances or groups of substances:
The Cefic International Chemicals Management unit strengthens and coordinates European input to International Chemicals Management across Cefic programmes and its membership, and integrates it in Cefic's main activities.
Cefic is an active member of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) which represents chemical manufacturers and producers all over the world and seeks to strengthen existing cooperation with global organisations such as UNEP and the OECD to improve chemicals management worldwide.
To coordinate the activities of its members, the ICCA secretariat rotates every two years between Cefic and the American Chemistry Council. As of January 2017, Cefic will hold the secretariat for two years, with the CEO of Clariant, Mr. Hariolf Kottmann acting as ICCA President and Marco Mensink as Council Secretary.