PHILADELPHIA — BDP International (BDP), a leading privately owned global logistics and transportation solutions company, received the 2017 Responsible Care® Partner of the Year Award from the American CHemiätry Council (ACC) today at the Annual Responsible Care Conference.
The Responsible Care Partner of the Year Award recognizes the superb performance and safety record of companies involved in the distribution, transportation, storage, use, treatment-disposal, and/or sales and marketing of chemicals. It also recognizes companies and their commitment to go above and beyond the standard course of business to ensure safety and compliance in all practices.
"Responsible Care is at the forefront of our daily business practices at BDP," said BDP Chairman and CEO Richard J. Bolte, Jr. "The guiding principles of the ACC's Responsible Care program directly align with BDP's commitment to implementing the safest and strictest handling of chemical shipments so that we can provide our customers with peace of mind while overseeing their intricate supply chains. To be honored for the second consecutive year is a true testament to BDP's ongoing pledge to discipline and ethical behavior, and holding ourselves to the highest standards set forth in the chemical sector."
Responsible Care is the chemical industry's health, safety and environmental performance improvement initiative. Since its launch in 1988, Responsible Care has been recognized as one of the most successful environmental, health and safety initiatives advanced by industry. Responsible Care is a commitment to continuous improvement in all aspects of chemical industry operations — from employee safety to facility security to protection of the health of the communities in which its members operate and the environment as a whole.
"I am pleased to once again recognize BDP International for its outstanding performance in the areas of health, safety, the environment and security," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. "The efforts undertaken by BDP leadership and employees to integrate the practices of Responsible Care throughout company operations are exemplary. I commend BDP for its leadership in the safe and responsible transport, management and storage of chemical products."
BDP's 2017 entry highlighted the company's newly developed Education Path; more specifically, the recent Dangerous Goods Pro (DGPro) and Dangerous Goods Smart (DGSmart) training modules for employees. It also focused on BDP's global Environment Health Safety (EHS) network, which was established to provide a timelier and more robust communication channel for delivering core messages and actions required by BDP global offices. With this network, global colleagues are more informed and have a greater awareness of the value and purpose of EHS and Responsible Care.
BDP also has a Responsible Care Committee comprised of operational leadership and executive management; the committee meets quarterly to advance Responsible Care initiatives. The committee's mission is to continuously improve operational processes and systems to ensure employee safety and act on BDP's Responsible Care pledge in every market in which the company does business.
With Responsible Care accreditations around the world, BDP supports the initiative by participating in Responsible Care events, achieving Responsible Care accreditations and serving on various ACC boards. BDP has been a certified Responsible Care Partner signatory since 2002.
Other related BDP programs include chemical security code and C-TPAT, incident reporting and first-call program, hazardous shipment reporting tools, risk mitigation for continuous improvement and BDP University courses. BDP's dedication is also evidenced by recognition in a variety of awards and publications (e.g., Inbound Logistics' Annual 75 Green Supply Chain Partners; Governor's Award for Safety Excellence and The Ethisphere® Institute World's Most Ethical Company Award for 2017).
Sustainability is also included in every function and process to the fullest extent, and BDP is committed to being an industry leader in corporate sustainability through education, reporting and compliance. In March 2017, BDP received the EcoVadis silver-level rating for the second consecutive year for its commitment to corporate social responsibility. BDP scored among the top 14 percent of companies evaluated, further demonstrating its priority to advance sustainability practices in the supply chain industry.
As chemical logistics specialists (more than 65 percent of BDP's business), internal operating practices and information systems have been built to handle the unique logistics requirements of chemical-related shipments. BDP provides training and information about the ever-changing hazardous materials safety, environment and security compliance regulations for clients and employees. Since its founding, there have been no fatalities throughout BDP's global workforce.
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