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16 October 2019

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) took part in the Responsible Care conference organised by the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemical Association (GPCA) in Jubail, Saudi Arabia from October 14 to 16.

The attendance at the event, on the theme, Responsible Care: A Decade of Excellence, was to enhance the company’s important role in supporting GPCA activities.

The conference was inaugurated by Governor of the Eastern Province His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the presence of a group of senior petrochemicals and chemicals leaders from the GCC and around the world. Senior Executives of international companies operating in the petrochemicals and chemicals sector, service providers and heads of Government bodies and industry associations in member states also attended.

Speaking during the opening, His Royal Highness visited the GPIC pavilion and saw the company’s products that are exported to the largest international markets and manufactured according to the highest standards of occupational safety.

He was acquainted with the company's plants and advanced facilities as well as achievements and awards it has won in quality, production and safety, occupational health and environmental areas.

GPCA Deputy Chairman Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery expressed his satisfaction at the success of the conference, praised its organizers and excellence of speakers who were able to convey their rich experiences. Dr. Jawahery stressed the importance of the event as the only one of its kind at the regional level and said the conference was an important opportunity to connect with the world's leading government and industry leaders. He said the event brought to the table several topics, including the global value added of the Responsible Care Initiative, and a review of industry best practices in the field of environment, health and safety.

Dr. Jawahery, who is also GPIC President, said the event highlighted the achievements of the last decade of the Responsible Care programme.

He said this year's conference coincided with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Responsible Care Initiative, which has resulted in a commitment to the continuous improvement of environmental, safety, health and industrial security management in the Arabian Gulf region.

GPCA Secretary General Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun praised success of the conference, which comes at a time when the industry is witnessing a turning point and is playing an increasing role in the environment, society and the economy, which make the Responsible Care Initiative necessity for progress and promotion of industry-specific standards.

He said this provides the sector with credibility as responsible participants in society and an essential part of achieving national vision.

The secretary general pointed out that global recognition of GPCA’s Responsible Care Initiative reflects its commitment to awareness of the standards of health, safety, sustainability and environmental excellence. He said he looked forward to meet future challenges.

Dr. Al-Sadoun reiterated the conference was an important opportunity to discuss ways of cooperation and share best practices, in addition to being an inspirational platform that would drive the GPCA to continue its march of excellence and improve performance in the future.

The meeting was attended by the President of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, H.E. Eng. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Saadan, H.E. Mr. Yousef Al Benyan, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO and GPCA Chairman 

Topics on responsible care, including process safety, circular economy, organizational cooperation and models of excellence in responsible care were discussed on the first day, which also had dialogue sessions on several topics. Industry leaders were honoured in recognition of their contributions and adding value in formulating the concept of responsible care in the Arabian Gulf region.

Responsible Care, a voluntary initiative designed to continuously improve the industry's performance in health, safety, security and environment within the petrochemical and chemical sector, was launched in Canada in 1984 and is currently operating in more than 68 economies around the world.

The initiative was adopted by the GPCA in December 2009 in line with its commitment to improve sustainability in the Gulf sector. It is mandatory for full-fledged companies in GPCA and as an operating license.

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