VCI's Responsible Care Competition 2013

Chemical industry association honours good ideas for sustainability in vocational and advanced training

The German Chemical Industry Association VCI has honoured three companies for outstanding sustainability projects in vocational and advanced training. The nationwide competition has been predecessed by regional selections. This competition is a contribution to “Chemistry to the power of three”, the sustainability initiative of the German chemical industry.

The three winner projects will have a model function for the entire industry to promote sustainability. © VCI/Darchinger
The three winner projects will have a model function for the entire industry to promote sustainability. © VCI/Darchinger

The German Chemical Industry Association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) honours three companies for outstanding sustainability projects in vocational and advanced training. The VCI’s nationwide Responsible Care competition 2013 was under the motto: “We have good ideas in vocational and advanced training – for environmental protection and sustainability.” This competition is a contribution to “Chemistry3”, the sustainability initiative of the German chemical industry .

VCI President Dr Karl-Ludwig Kley gave the following statement at the award ceremony within the VCI’s general assembly in Berlin: “Our competition was about an active commitment to sustainability and an involvement of staff members across all generations. Furthermore, the projects were intended to have a model function for the entire industry. This applies to our three nationwide winners.”

The first winner is Evonik Industries AG (Rheinfelden) for their project “Sustainability Hunt - Walk the Future: environmental protection and sustainability for apprentices”. In several groups – each consisting of apprentices from different vocational backgrounds – the youngsters solved tasks connected with environ-mental protection and sustainability. This was done with the help of modern electronic devices, in the style of “geocaching”. Next, the apprentices presented their findings in a market place for sustainability. As a positive extra effect, this public display of results endorses and promotes careers in the chemical industry.

The second winner is Dow Deutschland Anlagengesellschaft mbH (Stade) for the project “Professional handling of gaskets – the key to fewer burdens on the environment”. The central theme of this project is how to fit flanged joints.

In a systematic approach, this is translated into a training programme for own staff and staff from outside companies. Even though gaskets are mass products, they are given much attention in the project so that the unintended release of liquids – and thus the potential burdens on the environment – can be reduced considerably. The project success is reflected in the relevant statistics: the number of leakage incidents has fallen visibly.

The third winner is the Rheinberg plant of Solvay Chemicals GmbH for the project “Responsible handling of operational inputs – compressed air detectives”. In this project, apprentice electricians and mechatronic technicians deploy testing equipment to detect leaks in the compressed air system, and they repair the leaks. As the next step, they present their findings to other apprentices and staff members. In this way, they promote the responsible handling of compressed air as an operational input.

The winners of the VCI’s Responsible Care Competition 2013 were selected by an independent jury with the following members: Egbert Biermann (member of the executive board of the German Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union; organisation, labour market, environment), Henning Krumrey (deputy editor-in-chief of “Wirtschaftswoche”), Werner Ressing (ministerial-director, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology), Dr Gerd Romanowski (director of science, technical and environmental affairs at VCI), Professor Dr Ferdi Schüth (director, Max Planck Institute for Carbon Reseach), Dr Utz Tillmann (director-general of VCI), Dr Helge Wendenburg (ministerial-director, Federal Ministry for the Environ­ment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety).

Responsible Care is an international initiative of the chemical industry which aims to continuously improve the conditions for protecting health and environment and for the safety of staff and neighbours, additionally to existing legal requirements.

Please find two photos of the award ceremony in high resolution in the download sector at the top of this page.

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