Value chain engagement
The buy-in and active involvement of the value chain will be essential to the overall success of the programme. Collaboration with distributors and downstream users is the only way to ensure sustainability goals are met, as there are limits to what ECSA members can achieve in their own right.
This Vision Element covers:
•Collaboration with distributors, downstream users and their associations.
All ECSA members have committed themselves to the ESAD/SQAS programme.
ESAD (European Single Assessment Document) is part of the SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment System), that is a system to evaluate the quality, safety, security and environmental performance of logistics service providers and chemicals distributors. ESAD enables chemicals producers to have their distributors assessed in a uniform manner, thus avoiding multiple assessments by each individual chemical company. Currently over 280 active assessment reports of distributors and their sites are listed in the ESAD database.
The ESAD assessment for distributors consists of four parts: Standard Activities, Site Assessment, Chlorinated Solvents, and Food, Cosmetic and/or Pharma. The questions on chlorinated solvents, that ECSA is responsible for, emphasize the specific wish of chlorinated solvent producers to implement Responsible Care® and continuous improvement with their most important supply chain partners.
A continuous yearly increase in positive answers of distributors has been recognized in the ESAD programme since 2007 for the chlorinated solvent part.
ECSA is also in contact with the European Solvent Recyclers Group (ESRG), which aims to promote the safe and economic management of post-use solvents (www.esrg-online.eu).
ECSA has already put six different awareness programmes in place:
- Chlorinated Solvents: Awareness Questionnaire to the Value Chain
- Chlorinated Solvents: Revised Guidance on Storage and Handling of Chlorinated Solvents
- Chlorinated Solvents: Revised Safety & Quality Assessment Questionnaire for Distributors of Chlorinated Solvents (ESAD)
- Perchloroethylene: E-DryClean sustainable dry cleaning processing
- Trichloroethylene: Charter for the safe use of Trichloroethylene
See more information about the six different awareness programmes page
Last update: 05/2018