First launched in Canada in 1985, Responsible Care® is a global, voluntary initiative adopted by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) to drive continuous improvement and achieve excellence in environmental, health and safety and security performance. GPCA successfully adopted Responsible Care in 2009 with the majority of its members embedding the program in their everyday operations. GPCA’s Responsible Care journey began with 90% of GPCA members signing a declaration to announce their commitment to the initiative. In addition, 35% of GPCA’s full members have already obtained certifications for the Responsible Care Management System Standard also known as RC 14001. The ICCA, which represents the industry on a global level, consistently ranked GPCA as one of the top performing associations for the implementation of the initiative. GPCA launched the first Responsible Care Conference in 2015, which is designed as a meeting place for industry professionals to discuss strategies related to health, safety, security, and environmental issues in a single platform. The GPCA Responsible Care Awards were launched during the first edition of the conference and aim to recognize companies and individuals that have exemplified outstanding performance in the execution of Responsible Care within their organizations.
Gulf Sustainability and Quality Assessment System (SQAS) was launched by GPCA and spearheaded by the GPCA Supply Chain Committee in the month of August 2014. Gulf SQAS is a system that extends Responsible Care throughout the product supply chain by evaluating the quality, safety, security and environmental performance of Logistics Service Providers. 29 CEOs from GPCA member companies GPCA member companies signed the Declaration of Support, committing to adhere to the principles of Gulf SQAS. Since then, a growing number of chemical companies in the GCC have applied the system in their organizations where it aims to be the primary EHSS&Q system in the gulf region.
GPCA’s annual award series aim to distinguish and honor excellence in the regional petrochemical and chemical industry and boost the industry’s competitiveness. The Award categories range from companies, projects and research and extend to students and academia in the Arabian Gulf region.
Current GPCA Awards include:
GPCA Supply Chain Awards – launched in 2016 during the 8th GPCA Supply Chain Conference
GPCA Responsible Care Awards – launched in 2015 during the first GPCA Responsible Care Conference.
GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards – launched in 2011 during the 2nd GPCA Plastic Conference
Committed to creating awareness about recycling and waste management and encouraging a more responsible attitude toward litter.
Waste Free Environment is an annual environmental and educational initiative that falls under GPCA’s broader advocacy pillar. The campaign aims to promote responsible litter disposal and educate youth on waste management and consumption. Since its inception and with the support of GPCA members, the campaign evolved into a global educational awareness and community campaign taking place in 10 countries across the world.
In 2016, the campaign was awarded “Best CSR Initiative of the Year” at the ITP Oil and Gas and Refining and Petrochemical Awards, Middle East.
Operation Clean Sweep® is a global initiative by the plastic industry to reduce plastic pellet loss to the environment. Launched by the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division and Plastics Industry Association in the US, today it is practiced in more than 60 countries and thousands of manufacturing facilities worldwide. In the Arabian Gulf, it is led by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) with the view to improve sustainability and best environmental practices at plastic manufacturing and logistics operations in the GCC.
Committed to empowering the future talent and creating young leaders for the GCC chemical industry.
Leaders of Tomorrow is an initiative launched by GPCA and supported by its members aimed at building local human capital in the region. The initiative falls under one of the three pillars of the association which is advocacy by promoting STEM and bridging the gap between academia and the industry.
Leaders of Tomorrow is considered as the first official collective step where industry stakeholders collaborate in shaping skills and preparing the future industry leaders with the required skill set.