The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) hosts a Responsible Chemicals Management Dialogue in Johannesburg this week.
“We are pleased with the high calibre of speakers this important event has drawn,” says Deidré Penfold, Executive Director of CAIA.
“The responsible management of chemicals lies at the heart of our Responsible Care® Initiative, through which CAIA and its members strive towards a profitable, sustainable chemical sector in South Africa that contributes to the quality of human life and the economy through innovation and production, without harm to people, property or the environment,” she says.
The event will be opened by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Paula Makonyane, after which Rod Humphris, Chairperson of CAIA, will set the scene for the dialogue. Prof Nick Binedell, Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science will moderate the dialogue and the keynote address will be delivered by Mr Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council.
International, regional and national speakers as well as senior government officials will elaborate on a variety of topics relevant for the chemicals industry, including presentations and discussions on
- the meaning of the circular economy for South Africa regarding chemicals and waste
- gas as a game changer for the chemical industry in South Africa
- the Chemical Sector Strategy 2035
- framing a regulatory environment that supports sustainable growth in the chemical industry
- the international and national approach to single use plastics and much more.
“CAIA aims to ensure that South Africa’s chemical sector is recognised by all stakeholders as a responsible industry playing an important role in bringing a wide range of benefits to society, while remaining open, honest and credible in all its dealings,” says Penfold.
The Responsible Chemicals Management Dialogue is one way CAIA and its members work to continuously improve all aspects of health, safety and environmental performance and to open communication about its activities and achievements.