ARLINGTON, Va., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced that it will preside over the International Council of Chemical Trade Associations (ICCTA) for a two year term, which began on July 1, 2012. Mat Brainerd, Chairman of Brainerd Chemical Co., Inc., and NACD's Treasurer will serve as the ICCTA President and Chris Jahn, NACD President, will serve as ICCTA Secretary.
Established in 1991, ICCTA represents the interests of over 1500 chemical distributors world-wide. ICCTA was set up to coordinate work on issues and programs of international interest across chemical trade associations. ICCTA provides a platform where chemical distributors from many different sectors can meet and exchange information and best practices. ICCTA also advocates for its members on a global scale.
NACD has participated in ICCTA for over 15 years. As a member participant, NACD shares information about its Responsible Distribution program and metrics with the global community with other ICCTA associations. Upon accepting the presidency, Brainerd stated in a letter to the 22 member association, "I feel strongly committed to programs like Responsible Distribution, Responsible Care, and Social Responsibility, but am compelled to state that the true success of those programs is only possible through independent, third-party verifications (TPV). One of my initiatives as ICCTA President is to advance the TPV programs among ICCTA members so that all ICCTA Members will be fully compliant with TPV…"
Jahn seconded, "Just as the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD), the Brazilian Association of Chemicals Distributors (Associquim), and NACD have independent third party verifications of our Responsible Distribution programs, we would like all ICCTA members to commit to the same type of integrity and accountability that only exists through an independent assessment of a distributor's policies and procedures."
Brainerd and Jahn will share relevant resources with ICCTA member associations, but noted that the first step is for the ICCTA associations to commit to a third-party verification program like Responsible Distribution.
NACD and its over 400 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain, providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every six seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.
Contact: Lucinda Schofer
SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)