Kingsport, Tenn., June 4, 2013 – Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) was named 2013 Responsible Care® Company of the Year by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in recognition of superior health, safety, environmental and security (HSE&S) performance.
This is ACC’s top honor given to member companies that have enhanced and embraced the Responsible Care ethic throughout their organizations.
“It is an honor to be recognized among our peers for excellence in a program and philosophy that is foundational to our health, safety, environmental and security program,” said Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO. “This award is an affirmation of our commitment to Responsible Care and the work of Eastman team members to imbed its principles into the day-to-day conduct of our business.”
To be eligible for the Responsible Care Company of the Year award, companies must demonstrate they have surpassed specific Responsible Care performance criteria, including: a safety performance rating in the top 10 percent of companies in their size category, no significant process incidents in the previous year; positive performance measures in the areas of transportation safety, process safety and emissions reduction; and demonstrated improvements in HSE&S performance, product stewardship, distribution safety and emergency preparedness.
Eastman has incorporated Responsible Care principles in its business for almost 25 years. Some of the company’s key accomplishments during 2012 include:
- Lowest recordable injury rate in the company’s history
- Implementation of a corporate safety brand, “ALL IN FOR SAFETY,” that underscores the company’s commitment to safety anytime, anywhere
- Sponsorship of three companies to become Responsible Care certified, helping to spread safe practices throughout the industry
- Evidence of Responsible Care principles in Eastman’s sustainability reports that document commitment to continuous improvement in health, safety and the environment
- Life cycle analysis conducted on various products
- Significant improvements in managing energy, improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases, evident by being named 2012 and 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year and receiving ACC Energy Efficiency awards for 20 consecutive years
- Community Advisory Panels active at 11 sites
- Responsible Care Management System certifications at the corporate headquarters and 6 sites in the United States
- Participation in many global Responsible Care activities at sites around the world
Each year, ACC names 3 Responsible Care® Company of the Year recipients - one each in the small, medium and large company categories. Eastman is the “large company” recipient. Other winners are Solvay North America and Niacet Corporation.
ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley stated, “Through leadership, passion and initiative, these three ACC member companies embody the industry’s commitment to excellence through Responsible Care®. Their commitment to strong environmental performance, the safety of their workers and the health of the communities in which they operate are a model for the chemical industry as a whole.”
About the American Chemistry Council and Responsible Care
Responsible Care® is the chemical industry’s world class EHS&S performance initiative. 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.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $760 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is the largest exporting sector in the U.S., accounting for 12 percent of U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure. http://www.americanchemistry.com