Sadara supports 3rd GPCA Responsible Care Conference with platinum sponsorship

Sadara supports 3rd GPCA Responsible Care Conference with platinum sponsorship
Published: 15 October 2019 - 5 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), soon after demonstrating its commitment to sustainability by receiving official certification as a Responsible Care company, began its active participation in the 3rd Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Responsible Care Conference in Jubail.

Sadara is the Platinum Sponsor of the conference, which was held during 14-16 October at Jubail’s King Abdullah Cultural Center under the patronage of HRH Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, governor of the kingdom’s Eastern Province.

Some 25 leaders and professionals from Sadara’s Environment, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S) organisation took part in the conference. Jamal AlGhamdi, EHS&S compliance senior manager, delivered a presentation on ‘Process Safety Initiatives and Success Stories’ during the conference, highlighting Sadara’s proactive role in the industry.

Sadara’s CEO Dr Faisal Al-Faqeer commented: “Our company’s support for sustainable operations dates back to Sadara’s earliest design stages, and this focus on sustainability was a primary factor in Sadara becoming the first Saudi Aramco joint venture to achieve Responsible Care certification.

Sadara also hosted a group from GPCA’s Leaders of Tomorrow initiative, who were attending the Responsible Care Conference, for a tour of its 26-plant world-scale chemical complex and a visit to Sadara’s Interactive Environmental Exhibit at the Knowledge & Creativity Center in Jubail.

On 9 October , Dr Al-Faqeer and members of Sadara’s management committee received the official certificates confirming both RC14001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certification, following Sadara’s successful completion of the five-day Responsible Care external audit on 5 September.

The external audit confirmed that Sadara successfully met, or exceeded international standards in all seven major categories: Community Awareness and Emergency Response, Distribution, Product Stewardship, Security, Health and Safety, Process Safety, and Environmental Protection.

This year’s GPCA Responsible Care Conference marks the 10th anniversary since the Responsible Care initiative was adopted by chemical companies in the Arabian Gulf region. Sadara is a signatory and active member of GPCA’s Responsible Care Committee.

Responsible Care is a voluntary initiative to improve its safety, health and environmental performance, and enhance security within the petrochemical and chemical sector. It was launched in Canada in 1984 and currently operating in more than 68 countries around the world.

The initiative was adopted by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association in December 2009 in line with its commitment to continually improve sustainability in the Gulf sector. Responsible Care is mandatory for GPCA members and serves as an operating licence.

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