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BASF chief executive to press forward to promote sustainability; Liveris led association through management of high-level global priorities

LONDON (September 28, 2012)BASF Chair Kurt Bock has been appointed President of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) , succeeding Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company , the international chemicals trade group said today. Bock will officially begin in the post on January 1, 2013.

Bock succeeds Liveris at a time when ICCA is leading global initiatives to promote responsible and sustainable production and use of chemicals throughout the value chain, particularly in emerging economies where manufacturing and demand for chemicals continues to rise.

"With the Earth's population expected to reach nine billion people by 2050, the innovations of chemistry will become even more critical to meeting the needs of the world and its people," Bock stated. "The global industry is committed to providing these products in a sustainable way, and through ICCA, we are promoting sustainable practices among the many industries that rely on chemicals to make life healthier, safer and more convenient."

Under the leadership of Andrew Liveris, ICCA has had a profound impact on safe chemicals management and global sustainable development. During Liveris' term, ICCA has expanded its flagship  Responsible Care® program and the Global Product Strategy , two industry-led initiatives that serve to strengthen knowledge and capacity across the value chain, including small and medium-size enterprises in developing economies.

Specific Accomplishments During Liveris' Term as ICCA President Include:

  • Expansion of ICCA's outreach to the Arabian Gulf states, Russia, Korea, China, India and Latin America.

  • Implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding with the  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to advance sound chemicals management around the world. Over the past two years, ICCA and UNEP have worked on multiple capacity-building programs addressing safe management of chemicals and are currently developing regulatory guidance.

  • Continued growth in ICCA's efforts to promote best practices and improve chemicals management in developing and transitioning countries. From 2008 to 2012, ICCA has sponsored more than 45 capacity-building workshops in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia to help improve chemicals management.

"I am proud to have been a part of ICCA leadership at a time when the organization made tremendous strides to harmonize a global approach to chemicals management, share best practices and build capacity between developing, emerging and industrialized regions, with the goal of solving world challenges safely and more sustainably," Liveris stated.

ICCA's next activity will be participating in the 18th Annual Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention, or COP-18 , in Doha, Qatar, in late November. As part of its presence at the conference, the Council is working with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to finalize a "Buildings Technology Roadmap," which will demonstrate how the chemicals industry plays an important role in increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in buildings.

"Moving forward, ICCA will continue to escort the chemical industry's sustainability journey, especially with regard to energy efficiency, and strengthening safe chemicals management around the globe," Bock concluded.


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