TALKE group implements Responsible Care initiative for its operations in the GCC

TALKE group implements Responsible Care initiative for its operations in the GCC
Just as it did with Gulf SQAS, TALKE is one of the first chemical logistics companies in the Arabian Peninsula to implement the Responsible Care initiative.
Published: 14 December 2017 - 5 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

The TALKE group is once again leading the way in the chemical logistics sector with regards to environmental sustainability. With immediate effect, all of TALKE's own businesses and joint ventures in the Arabian Peninsula will be entitled to use the Responsible Care logo.

Within the countries belonging to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), TALKE therefore becomes one of the first chemical logistics providers to sign up to the chemical industry’s Responsible Care initiative. A basic principle of the Responsible Care scheme is that companies should voluntarily follow stricter environmental standards than those required by local laws and regulations.

The parent company, ALFRED TALKE Logistic Services, has been affiliated to the Responsible Care programme since 2009 and, for its part, was one of Germany’s very first chemical logistics providers to join the initiative.

“By implementing Responsible Care standards for our activities in the Gulf, TALKE is once again leading the way in promoting safe and environmentally sustainable chemical logistics activities. All around the world, we see responsible treatment of both people and the environment as one of the most important pillars of our business activities,” says Richard Heath, director, Middle East and USA, TALKE.

“Voluntary commitments such as Responsible Care and systems such as SQAS are of particular importance in the Gulf region, as the statutory provisions there do not cover all fields in detail. In addition, by participating in Responsible Care, we are aiming to raise awareness of environmental matters among other market players and customers, too,” added Heath.

Around two years ago, TALKE played a significant role in a pilot project of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) aimed at establishing SQAS standards in the Gulf. That initiative intends to create a uniform metric, also covering the Gulf region, for assessing HSSEQ performance (Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality) among providers of logistics services.

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