Dixie Chemical announced today that as a result of exceeding key performance requirements for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates’ (SOCMA) ChemStewards® program, it has qualified for the program’s highest ranking – the Excellence Tier.
Dixie’s Bayport facility in Pasadena, Texas is being recognized for its successful efforts to go above and beyond the minimum for federal environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) compliance. As chemical manufacturers, it is also being honored for building customer confidence and community trust, and for strengthening product stewardship.
President of Dixie Chemical, Mike Gromacki, commented “Chuck Bennett and I have shared a philosophy for nearly 20 years that EHSS ethics and performance are a bottom line business issue. Chuck drove a simple, but essential, core value to “do the right thing day by day,” and we established integrated management systems and training to ensure we all did. We strive to perform better than regulations require. We want our EHSS team to coach and lead these aspects of our business, not be traffic cops. EHSS is respected as a critical business support and it adds value for our markets and the Dixie Chemical brand. Excellence in environment, safety, product stewardship and community engagement are verified through ChemStewards, as well as our independent auditors at DNV GL. If we proactively take care of EHSS business and continuously improve, regulations and regulators do not constrain our business.”
“We congratulate Dixie Chemical for this achievement, which proves their commitment to continuous improvement in EHS&S performance,” said Dr. J. Holland Jordan, Managing Director of ChemStewards. “Dixie Chemical’s customers, workers and the community should take comfort in the fact that their supplier, employer or neighbor is operating above expectations in conformance with regulatory requirements.”
ChemStewards® is an industry-developed EHS&S program designed for the specialty chemicals industry and chemical manufacturers. It was created from the industry’s commitment to continuous improvement and to reduce the environmental footprint left by member facilities. The program is based on a three-tier system with key performance requirements per tier. Tier one is known as Fundamental and tier two is Enhanced Performance – the standard tier for ChemStewards® participants. To qualify for Excellence, or tier three, facilities must sign core principles, complete security requirements, meet specific metrics obligations and requirements, have one documented management review meeting, and complete a third-party verification of management systems at the Enhanced Performance level.