Driving sustainability across the cleaning and hygiene industry

Since 2005, the detergent industry has been developing an extensive sustainability programme for companies and cleaning products: the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning. This charter contains obligations and objectives that must be achieved by signatory companies in terms of sustainable development. It also includes company standards (relating to production, logistics, energy, etc.) and product standards (related […]

The roots of the crop nutrition system

Food production also needs ‘nutrition’, i.e. plant nutrition. Just as in humans, plant nutrition requires a healthy balance. Shortages lead to starvation and symptoms of deficiencies, excess leads to loss of quality in the agricultural product and the environment. Sustainable fertilisation starts from the needs of the soil and the crop and is based on […]

Operation Clean Sweep: engaging for zero pellet loss

Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is a global voluntary commitment of the plastics industry and aims at helping all the actors in the plastics industry to implement good housekeeping and containment practices to achieve zero loss of plastic pellets, flakes or powders in the environment. essenscia and its members in the Port of Antwerp have signed […]

SIRA programme trains a total of 940 youngsters to work for Antwerp’s chemical companies

The SIRA programme was devised by the non-profit organisation ‘Scheikundige Industrie Regio Antwerpen (SIRA)’ in collaboration with social partners (ABVV, BBTK, ACV, LBC-NVK). The project began in 1987 because applicants for jobs with Antwerp’s chemical companies were lacking a qualification which would make them suitable recruits. A typical feature of the chemical industry is the […]

Sector supports fire brigade in dealing with accidents with hazardous substances

Accidents with hazardous substances are rare, but can have a major impact on people and the environment. Hence the importance of an adapted approach. The fire brigade in Belgium is organised into 35 zones that provide assistance to citizens and businesses. Certain specialised operational services are organised beyond the limits of the zones. One of […]

Sectoral demography fund for life-long learning and quality of work

Since 2016, employers of the chemical, plastics and life sciences industry contribute to a demography fund. Employers and employees develop actions program about quality of work and receive financial support from that fund for implementation the actions. In June 2019 already more than 200 companies had submitted actions plans. You can find a selection of […]

Borealis founding partner of Project STOP

Launched in October 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, Project STOP aims to accelerate waste management improvements in South-East Asia, reduce marine littering, improve livelihoods and public health, and increase resource efficiency. We know that a significant amount of ocean plastic waste originates from land-based sources, with roughly 50% originating from just five Asian economies: China, […]