GPCA announces winners of second Responsible Care awards

GPCA announces winners of second Responsible Care awards
Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun (fourth from left), secretary general of GPCA, with the winners of the second GPCA Responsible Care Awards.
Published: 8 May 2018 - 9 p.m.
By: Martin Menachery

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) has announced the winners of the second GPCA Responsible Care Awards, which took place in a ceremony on the evening of 7 May 2018 at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, UAE.

The awards enjoyed a record number of nominations, attracting 63 entries in six highly contested categories covering occupational health and safety, process safety, the environment, resource utilisation and more. For the first time, the awards featured a special young employee category, ‘Rising Star’, and the ‘Best Responsible Care Company for Logistics Service Providers (LSPs)’.

The ‘Occupational Health, Safety and Security Award’ was presented to the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) of Bahrain for its ‘One step ahead’ programme, a unique approach for improved communication enabling informed decisions.

Sadara Chemical Company won the ‘Process Safety Award’ for its Manufacturing Leaders Process Qualification Programme, while the ‘Environment and Resource Utilisation Award’ went to Farabi Petrochemicals of Saudi Arabia for its Emissions Reduction Initiative. Farabi’s entry was praised for the huge energy savings and CO2 intensity reductions it achieved.

The ‘Product Stewardship Award’ was bestowed upon Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) of Kuwait for its ‘Successful Implementation of Product Stewardship Programme for Ammonia’, which achieved overall compliance effectiveness of 80%, up from 33% initially.

Manal Al Badawi, senior environmental specialist of Borouge, won first place in the ‘Rising Star Award’, and Almajdouie & De Rijke Logistics, which in 2017 achieved Responsible Care company status, was awarded ‘Best LSP – Responsible Care Company Award’.

Commenting on the awards, Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general, GPCA, said: “The sheer diversity of entries in this year’s awards testify to the tangible improvement in EHS&S performance across the chemical industry not just by certain companies but across the entire Arabian Gulf. Lasting commitment to Responsible Care is an achievement of its own, which is why I congratulate all winners and shortlisted as well as everyone who entered the awards for always going above and beyond in their day-to-day operations, ensuring the utmost safety of their people, environment and community.”

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Responsible Care Awards are designed to honour companies and individuals that have demonstrated leadership and outstanding performance in the implementation and execution of the Responsible Care programme.

Through this award series, GPCA provides its member companies and other industry stakeholders with an opportunity to showcase their achievements in the field of Responsible Care, while sharing the best practices and adding value to their business.

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