3.3.1. Membership of associations
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Solvay is committed to maintaining a dialogue with stakeholders and is a member of several associations at the global, regional and national levels. Trade associations adopt diluted policy positions in order to get close to a consensus (i.e. very often the lowest common denominator), but member companies can still express disagreement in a number of ways, including internal discussion within working groups or public stances that differ from those of the trade associations.
Solvay participates in working groups and policy coordination groups. Solvay senior representatives sit on the steering boards of many of those associations. The list of major association memberships in the regions and countries where Solvay is present are as follows:
International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)
Solvay is an active member of the ICCA. Solvay CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu is a Member of the Board of Directors and the Global Executive Strategy Group (GESG), and is also a Sponsor of the Responsible Care Leadership Group (RCLG). Responsible Care is an essential part of ICCA’s contribution to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Through Responsible Care, global chemical manufacturers commit to pursue an ethic of safe chemicals management and performance excellence worldwide.
BusinessEurope is the leading European business trade association whose direct members are national business federations. Selected companies may participate in BusinessEurope as an advisory and support group. BusinessEurope and its members campaign for the issues that most influence the business performance and growth of European companies, in Europe and globally. Within this framework, Solvay provides its input through its participation in working groups dealing with energy, environment, and research, as well as trade policy.
European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT)
The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) is a forum that brings together around 50 CEOs of European companies. Among its activities, the ERT advocates policies to improve European competitiveness, growth and employment. In particular, Solvay actively participates in the working groups dealing with energy, trade, competitiveness, social, and finance, as well as with competition policies. Jean-Pierre Clamadieu chairs the Societal Changes Working Group, which focused mainly on aspects related to European Union labor force and education issues (e.g. youth unemployment, skills gap, labor mobility, and women in leadership positions). In particular, on youth employability, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu has taken a lead role in the Pact for Youth and serves as the spokesman on behalf of ERT members.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
WBCSD is a CEO-led not-for-profit aiming at elevating sustainability standards in business. Solvay has been an active member for many years, and Solvay CEO Jean Pierre Clamadieu has been personally involved, serving as vice-chair of the WBCSD Executive Committee. Solvay has taken even more active role in the following projects:
- Actions toward a circular economy: Factor10 is WBCSD’s circular economy initiative. It brings companies together to reinvent how business finds, uses and disposes of the resources and materials that make up global trade. It aims at bridging the gap between theory and practice to help companies identify and remove the barriers that exist, and will create scalable solutions. By collaborating on solutions that go beyond business as usual, Factor10 strives to deliver high-impact, large-scale results where resources are used wisely, processes create the greatest possible value, and nothing is wasted.
- Actions for sustainable food: FReSH (Food Reform for Sustainable and Healthy Food) is the WBCSD platform working to achieve the transition to a sustainable and healthy food system. In cooperation with science, academia, policy-makers, and civil society, FReSH catalyzes change across food systems by developing guidelines on healthy and sustainable diets, food production, and formulation, among others. Three Global Business Units are directly involved.
- Chemical roadmap for the highest impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): the Better Business, Better World report from the Business and Sustainable Development Commission set the foundations for businesses to define their contribution to delivering on SDGs. Solvay and other chemical companies in the WBCSD will identify the SDGs for which chemical companies can be expected to make the biggest impact on delivery.
European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)
Cefic is the forum and the voice of the chemical industry in Europe and facilitates dialogue that allows the industry to share its technical expertise with both policymakers and various stakeholders. Solvay experts provide input on energy, industrial, environmental, and research policy, as well as product stewardship-related issues. Representatives of the businesses work with the different Cefic sector groups on specific issues related to individual substances or groups of substances.
American Chemistry Council (ACC)
The American Chemistry Council is America’s oldest trade association of its kind, and represents companies engaged in the business of chemistry. Solvay sits on the Board of Directors and several Board-level committees that contribute to setting the association’s strategy, and Solvay representatives contribute their expertise to the ACC’s work on transportation, energy, the environment, sustainability, process safety, and product stewardship issues. Solvay’s experts also provide their technical input to activities, focusing on product-related issues which are relevant for Solvay’s businesses, e.g. plastics.
Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (ABIQUIM)
Together with ABIQUIM and its members, Solvay helps make Brazil’s chemical industries more competitive and sustainable. Solvay participates in the board of directors and all of ABIQUIM’s key commissions and supported activities, covering topics such as the Chemical Industry Parliamentary Coalition, Responsible Care Management, energy and climate change, product stewardship (e.g. Industrial Chemicals Regulation, Globally Harmonized System implementation), community dialogue, labor, foreign trade, logistics and supply chain, and innovation (e.g. the ABIQUIM Seminar on Technology and Innovation).