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25 April 2019

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) presented its industry Awards at its Annual Lunch on 17 April before an audience of a thousand members and guests at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

CBA’s annual Awards recognise excellence by member companies in relation to the operation of its Responsible Care programme, an industry-wide initiative promoting year-on-year improvements in health, safety, security and environmental management and on member companies’ interaction with their local communities. This year also saw the presentation of an individual award for outstanding safety leadership. The last Association presentation was a well-deserved long service award to the Association’s retiring Treasurer.

The CBA’S Responsible Care Award for office-only distributor companies was won by Knutsford-based, ZANOS LIMITED.
The company’s winning entry demonstrated its unswerving commitment to Responsible Care, its emphasis on training employees, and its innovative evaluation of global supply chains for compliance with labour laws, safe working practices, and product integrity.
The company’s Director, Julian Sarkar, collected the Award.

This year’s winner of the Responsible Care Award for distributor companies with operating sites and the winner of CBA’s overall Responsible Care Award was the CORNELIUS GROUP plc headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford.
The company’s Award recognized its effective health and safety strategy, its process for undertaking and reviewing risk assessments, and the implementation of an innovative process of vetting new suppliers against the principles of Responsible Care.
Group Operations Director, Brian McGowan accepted the Award on behalf of the company.

The CBA’s Community Interaction Award acknowledges a major contribution to community interaction by a member company, one of its employees, or a group of employees. The winner of this year’s Community Interaction Award was TAN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED based in Perth, Scotland.
Through its proactive initiatives, TAN INTERNATIONAL has successfully built links with its local business community and emergency services resulting in improved relations and interaction with its local community.
CBA’s Technical Director, Douglas Leech, accepted the Award on behalf of the company.

CBA’s Safety Leadership Award recognises the key role played by senior management in the successful management of safety at work. It is a personal award for Chief Executives, Managing Directors, or their equivalents that are able to demonstrate a commitment to effective and continuing safety leadership.

The Award is judged on a range of criteria including – overall safety performance, levels of innovation, best practice initiatives, as well as engaged management and highly visible commitment.

The winner of the CBA Safety Leadership Award was RUSSEL ARGO, Brenntag’s Regional President for the UK and Ireland.

Under his leadership, Brenntag introduced Enhanced Safety Thinking Surveys undertaken by the Kiel Centre resulting in more than 60 safety workshops being held across the company’s sites in 2018. He initiated the company’s Safety Day that attracted more than 200 delegates from the industry and education. The event contributed to an industry-wide dialogue about Operational and Behavioural Safety.

CBA also marked the retirement of its long-serving Treasurer, Andrew Mitchell, with a presentation of a Waterford Crystal Rose Bowl and his appointment as an Honorary President for Life of the CBA.
Andrew Mitchell became CBA’s Treasurer in 2004 served 14 years as CBA’s Treasurer in addition to his role as Managing Director of Tennant’s Distribution Limited. He has also served on CBA’s ruling Council since 2002 and was Chairman of its Distribution Committee from 1996 to 2004.

Further information from: Peter Newport,
Chief Executive Officer
01270 258200

(1) CBA represents the independent chemical supply chain. Its membership includes distributors, traders, warehouse operators, along with logistics and transport companies. CBA’s members, the majority of which are SMEs, are the main industry interface with thousands of UK downstream chemical users.

(2) CBA member companies employ more than 8,700 people. They distribute, pack, and blend over 4 million tonnes of chemicals each year with a market value of almost three billion euros. In addition, CBA’s logistics member companies handle more than four million tonnes of chemicals annually.

(3) Responsible Care – CBA was the first supply chain organisation in Europe to launch Responsible Care some 25 years ago. It has published aggregate performance data for its member companies each year since 1993. Compliance with Responsible Care has been mandatory for CBA members since 2002.

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