Partnerships and alliances

ICCA and its members cooperate in a number of projects with intergovernmental organizations. Examples of three such alliances are described briefly below.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

UNEP is the main United Nations environmental body.

It provides general policy guidance for direction and coordination of environmental programs, and reviews and approves such programs. ICCA, its member associations and their member companies have joint projects with several UNEP branches including the chemicals branch.

Efforts include a wide range of capacity building activities, several of which support UNEP projects such as the APELL (Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level) program, as well as Safer Production and Corporate Social Responsibility at the site level.  

United Nations Training & Research Program (UNITAR)

UNITAR is responsible for promoting training and research in developing countries and countries with economies in transition on issues of chemicals safety.

In collaboration with UNITAR, ICCA is developing a broad guidance document on implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals mainly focused on helping small and medium sized enterprises and developing countries.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) and Business & Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD  

The OECD Environment, Health and Safety program deals with chemical issues such as classification and labeling of chemicals, mutual acceptance of notification, existing chemicals in nanomaterials, biotechnology, and more.  

As previously noted, the chemical industry, via BIAC, is closely involved in the nanomaterials issue, currently high priority on the OECD agenda. BIAC is contributing actively to various OECD nanomaterials projects through company experts.

Through the High Production Volume Chemicals (HPV) program, ICCA has been working in partnership with the OECD Environment, Health and Safety Division since 1998. The chemical industry via BIAC has contributed to various OECD projects related to chemicals such as the test guidelines program, global data portal and exposure assessment.