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CBA Industry Award Winners Announced

27 April 2018

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has awarded its annual Responsible Care awards that recognise excellence by its member companies in the operation of its industry-wide programme to promote year-on-year improvements in health, safety, security and environmental management.

The Awards were presented before an audience of more than 1,100 members and their guests at CBA’s Annual Lunch on 25 April 2018 held at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

This year’s winner for a chemical distributor with an operating site and the winner of CBA’s overall Responsible Care Award was WHITCHEM LIMITED. Based in Staffordshire, WHITCHEM distributes chemicals, minerals and polymers.

The citation for the award highlights the importance of Responsible Care and Product Stewardship in all aspects of the company’s business in addition to its strategy for continuous operational improvement.

The CBA Award for Community Interaction was won by DAKRAM MATERIALS LIMITED, a Bedfordshire-based distributor of inorganic metal-based chemicals. This award aims to recognise a major contribution to community interaction made by a company, one of its employees, or a group of employees.

Despite being a smaller company, DAKRAM MATERIALS and its employees have fostered a long-term engagement with a wide range of initiatives in the local community as well as charitable projects overseas.


(1)        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.

(2)        CBA produces two annual reports on the health, safety and environmental performance of its member companies.  One covers the Association’s distributor membership and the other covers its logistics services members engaged in chemical road haulage, warehousing, and tank farm operations.  Both reports are based on data supplied by CBA’s member companies and – together – aim to provide an insight on the health, safety, security, and environmental performance of the UK’s chemical supply chain.

(3)        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.

(4)        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.

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