Take part in the competition and get your work done in front of the people that matter!
- Do you believe your organisation deserves increased visibility for its commitment and accomplishments in applying the Responsible Care principles?
- Are you keen to present your efforts and achievements that are actively contributing to the Responsible Care objectives?
- Do you consider your project outstanding?
The 2017 European Responsible Care Awards, managed by Cefic, are looking for examples in one of the three categories (listed below) that embrace the Responsible Care ethic.
1. Chemical substances safety
Projects that demonstrate their excellence in addressing health and safety issues related to products in the way they are developed, manufactured, distributed, used and disposed of in a responsible manner. This category recognises value chain projects that help companies set up and improve their chemicals management procedures. It also recognises projects related to the Product Stewardship initiative which, in line with chemicals regulations, addresses management of risks and improvement of the performance of products in the fields of health and safety during its entire life cycle.
2. Occupational health, process safety and security
• demonstrate their excellence in occupational health, by the means of improved or sustained health programme performance and a healthy workforce and workplace, which includes but is not limited to management commitment, employee engagement and evidence of a culture of proactive health risk management and wellbeing support initiatives
• demonstrate their outstanding and exemplary record in implementing effective process safety management systems from process design to continued operation and routine maintenance, best practices and improvements for chemical prevention, preparedness and response to reduce major process hazards and risks for on-site operations
• demonstrate their outstanding performance in management practices to protect people, property, products, processes, information and information systems by enhancing security, including security against potential terrorist attacks of industrial sites.
3. Environment Responsibility
• demonstrate excellence in environmental processes and products over their life cycles so as to avoid harm to people and the environment by reducing their pollutant emissions to air, water and soil and to limit environmental hazards related to their operations through the development of innovative technology. Also using resources efficiently and minimizing waste, or implementing solutions for a circular economy
• demonstrate their outstanding performance in energy efficiency, renewable or low-carbon energy along the supply chain. This area gathers projects that relate to the SPiCE3 initiative, that effectively contribute to, or favour, a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and have a proven impact across the whole economy. This category also addresses the efficient management of energy to improve practices and technologies in heat and power generation, the review of the steam flow in processes and its optimization, and the use of electricity.
Entries will be assessed by a panel of independent judges, including representatives from EU institutions, other industries, trade associations and media (list available soon). Our judges are Responsible Care thinkers and doers, even if you don’t win, this is a great way to make them aware of your work. Judging of all entries will take place in June 2017. The jury will select one winner in the three categories. Cefic will contact you as soon as the results have been released, and inform you if your entry has won an award or not.
As they read your entry, judges will be asking:
- How effectively does the project or initiative meet the specific criteria of the category entered?
- Does the project ensure a cycle of continuous improvement?
- Is the project well communicated to employees, local communities, other stakeholders and is it a best practice-sharing project?
- Does the project show concrete facts and figures demonstrating the key benefits?
- Is the project original and innovative?
Winning projects should have elements of originality, innovative features and best practice sharing within the chemical industry and with customer industries.
The Awards will be announced during the Cefic Chemical Convention in Vienna, 27th October 2017.
Profile on Cefic’s website
All entries fully meeting the judging criteria will be long-listed and published on Cefic’s website. Winners will have their in-depth project description published on our website.
Discover the 2016 winning projects