Compliance with legislation

People → Ensuring regulatory compliance The strength of a company’s compliance record directly affects its reputation and even its ability to expand its operations or gain permits. It is therefore extremely important that employees have the information they need to act correctly and fully understand the laws, regulations and policies that govern their daily responsibilities […]

Product Stewardship

People → Encouraging a risk- and science-based approach for product safety Product stewardship is about manufacturers and downstream users being engaged in reducing environmental, health, and safety impacts of their products throughout the whole life-span following a risk- and science-based approach. How it is done is multiple, ranging from substituting the most hazardous substances to […]

Life-long learning

People → Investing in people, investing in the future Programmes aimed at upgrading employees’ skills are crucial to enhance the sector’s human capital and contribute to employee satisfaction. Continuous vocational training facilitates the continued employability of an ageing workforce, and is vital for the success of a highly innovative and skills-based sector such as the […]

Community engagements

People → Long-lasting partnerships with local communities Engagement in local communities is an important element of sustainable development and of Responsible Care. It is about building long-lasting partnerships with the local communities in which the chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry operates. It is in everyone’s interest to work with them, invest in them and […]

Anti-trust and anti-corruption compliance

People → Working together while respecting competition law The objective of EU competition law is to protect competition in the market as a means of enhancing consumer welfare. The key principles of competition law are included in Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and in Articles […]

Process safety

People → Long track record in process safety management Process safety is of prime importance in the chemical industry. This requires an effective process safety management system that enables the identification, elimination, reduction and mitigation of risks resulting from operations. Although the use of key performance indicators that measure and analyse process-safety incidents is common […]

Occupational Health

People →  Risk prevention as a top priority Investments in risk prevention are extremely high in the chemicals, plastics and life sciences sector due to the nature of its activities. The incidence of declared occupational illnesses is therefore an important indicator for the sector. According to statistics gathered by the Federal Agency for Occupational Risks, […]

Accidents at work

People →  Safety at work better than industrial average Safety is a top priority for the chemicals, plastics and life sciences sector because of the nature of its operations. The industry invests heavily in safety training for its workforce and its subcontractors. This ongoing attention to the issue pays off, with the number of workplace […]


People →  Commuting: a daily challenge An important factor influencing employee satisfaction is how easy it is to commute to work, with lack of mobility becoming a growing concern for many employees as well employers. Public transport (train, bus, metro, tram) is used by just 2% of the sector’s employees, compared to the Belgian average […]

Social climate

People →  Serene social climate contributes to competitiveness A country’s social climate can be gauged by different indicators such as rates of absenteeism, the number of days lost to strikes, employee satisfaction levels and workforce retention.   Over the period 2007-2017, the whole of the chemicals, plastics and life sciences sector recorded an average of […]