The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) represents the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Established in 2006, the association voices the common interests of more than 240 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95% of chemical output in the Gulf region. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing up to US$108billion worth of products a year.
The association supports the region’s petrochemical and chemical industry through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives that help member companies to connect, to share and advance knowledge, to contribute to international dialogue, and to become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry.
Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholders from across the industry, the GPCA manages six working committees – Plastics, Supply Chain, Fertilizers, International Trade, Research and Innovation, and Responsible Care – and organizes six world-class events each year. The association also publishes an annual report, regular newsletters and reports.
About GPCA Responsible Care
Adopted in 2009, the GPCA’s Responsible Care Program is aligned with the initiatives of international entities such as the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the International Council of Chemical Association (ICCA). Further, the GPCA has forged alliances with the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the European Chemistry Council (CEFIC), and the Canadian Chemical Producers Association (CCPA) in order to address socio-environmental issues in a united and purposeful manner.
Responsible Care continues to strengthen its commitment to, and enhance the public credibility of, the petrochemical and chemical industries.
The committee regards management of safety, security, health and the environment as an integral and very important part of the association. It believes that all injuries, occupational illnesses and environmental incidents can be prevented. Member organizations’ management is accountable for occupational health, safety and environmental performance, and all employees are expected to take personal responsibility and be involved in setting standards and improvement initiatives.
The Responsible Care Committee’s initiative is to promote continuous improvement in performance. It aims to achieve this objective by encouraging member organizations to meet and exceed legislative and regulatory compliance, and by adopting cooperative and voluntary initiatives with government and other stakeholders.
The Committee affirms Responsible Care as both ethical and core business initiative. This belief is based on building confidence and trust in the industry and to improve living standards and quality of life in the Gulf Region.
Gulf SQAS (Sustainability & Quality Assessment System) is a system to evaluate the environmental, health, safety, security and quality performance of Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) in a uniform manner by single standardised assessments carried out by independent assessors using a standard questionnaire. An SQAS assessment does not lead to a certificate but offers a detailed factual report which each chemical company needs to evaluate according to its own requirements.
Initiated by CEFIC in 1994, GPCA adopted the Gulf SQAS program in 2013 when 29 CEOs of our Full Member Companies signed the Declaration of Support, committing to adhere to the principles of Gulf SQAS. Since then, a growing number of chemical companies are now encouraging their LSPs to perform assessments and working with them to implement improvements