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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 5, 2012) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today presented the Responsible Care Company of the Year award, to three member companies: ExxonMobil Chemical CompanyAlbemarle Corporation and Ethyl Corporation , in recognition of their commitment to continual improvement in environmental, health, safety and security performance.

"Through the Responsible Care performance initiative,  ACC member companies have reduced their hazardous air emissions , increased their energy efficiency , and enhanced the safety and security of their facilities ," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley . "The three recipients of the Responsible Care Company of the Year award embody this commitment to better environmental, health, safety and security performance."

To be eligible for the Responsible Care Company of the Year award, companies must show exemplary achievement in meeting specific Responsible Care performance criteria, including: a safety performance rating in the top 10 percent of companies in their size category, with no significant process incidents in the previous year; positive trends in performance measures related to transportation safety, process safety and specified emissions; and demonstrated ongoing excellence in safety, health, environment, product stewardship, security, distribution safety, emergency preparedness and community outreach.

Winning companies are selected by an independent review panel on the basis of their performance, as well as information provided on programs and projects they have undertaken to sustain continuous improvement over time. More details on award criteria are available here .

ExxonMobil Chemical applies a rigorous and consistent approach to identify and evaluate the safety, health and environmental risks associated with its products and operations, and the company is committed to developing products that save energy, reduce raw material use and mitigate environmental impact. Over the past 10 years, ExxonMobil Chemical has reduced the injury rate in its worldwide operations by 60 percent, while at the same time improving the sustainability of its operations and products.  For example, ExxonMobil Chemical advances in polyethylene used to make heavy-duty shipping bags have reduced the thickness of the bags by 50 percent over the last 20 years, decreasing packaging weight, shipping costs, energy consumption, emissions and waste.

" Responsible Care is the global chemical industry's premier program for achieving and sustaining operational excellence," said ExxonMobil Chemical Company President Steve Pryor. "We appreciate ACC's recognition of our performance through this award."

Albemarle Corporation demonstrates its Responsible Care commitment by achieving excellence in its own safety and environmental performance and encouraging vendors and partners along the supply chain to strive for continuous improvement as well. Through the discipline afforded by the RC14001 standard, Albemarle has improved its recognition of system gaps, developed robust corrective action generation and tracking systems, and reduced energy consumption and emissions of hazardous materials. 

"Albemarle is honored to win the Responsible Care Company of the Year award," said Albemarle CEO Luke Kissam. "It is a great acknowledgement of the hard work of our more than 4,000 employees around the globe who are committed to doing it right the first time every time, to ensure the safety and security of our people, facilities and the communities in which we operate."

For the second year in a row, Ethyl Corporation is being honored with the Responsible Care Company of the Year award. At Ethyl Corporation, company actions are centered on ensuring the safety of its products, and the safety and health of its employees and the communities in which they operate. Ethyl Corporation's commitment to safety has been acknowledged by the National Safety Council, which gave the company its "Perfect Record Award" for safety performance in 2010 and 2011, and Union Pacific Railroad, which has recognized the company with its "Safety Pinnacle Award" for the past seven years.

"This award is a confirmation of the profound value of the consistent, dedicated effort that all Ethyl employees make to work safely and efficiently to provide high value products to our customers," said Azfar Choudhury, president of Ethyl Corporation. "This recognition from our industry peers means a lot to us, and I am very happy and proud to be a part of the Ethyl team."

Since 1988, Responsible Care companies have reduced hazardous releases to the air, land and water by 75 percent and have a worker safety record that is more than twice as safe, on average, as the overall chemical manufacturing sector, and four times safer than the manufacturing industry as a whole.


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