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November 8, 2012
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  • ACC's Dooley: Obama, Congress have chance to enable economic growth
    Regulatory balance will be key for the U.S. chemical industry during the second term of President Barack Obama, the chemical industry says. "We look forward to working with President Obama and bipartisan leaders in Congress to advance an agenda that will enable strong economic growth, domestic energy security and rational, science-based approaches to regulation," said American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley. "With the right approach to economic, energy and environmental policy from the administration and Congress, the chemical industry can serve as an engine that drives growth throughout the country," Dooley added. ICIS News (U.K.) (11/7), Chemical Week (subscription required) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

Policy Watch 
  • TSCA reform among regulatory issues expected in next Obama term
    Legislative action to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act could come as soon as the next congressional session, with a bill expected from Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana and other Republicans. "It's the first time we've seen that level of commitment on the GOP side," said Cal Dooley, American Chemistry Council president and CEO. The chemical industry is also watching for regulatory action on chemical disclosure and shale gas. Bloomberg BNA (subscription required) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Research & Innovation 
  • Could you one day drink a soda and eat the bottle?
    A Harvard University professor has come up with a way to package liquid foodstuffs such as soda, juice and yogurt in edible, washable shells. The shells, which resemble grape skins, are formed by fusing flavored components such as seeds or chocolate with products derived from shrimp shells. It's hoped the innovation will one day provide an edible, healthful alternative to cans and bottles. FastCoDesign (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Communication, care the keys to loyal workers
    Employees will be loyal to your business if you communicate clearly with them, treat them kindly and strive to connect with them, writes human resources expert Erin Palmer. "[T]he more input your employees have in aspects of your business, the more invested they will become in the ultimate success of the company," she writes. B2C Marketing Insider (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why "pure" democracy is a lousy way to run a company
    There's nothing wrong with injecting a little democracy into your company's management structure, but don't take things too far, warns Steve Tobak. In the modern business climate, there's just no way to run a big firm on a one-person-one-vote basis. "Global markets are competitive, and the qualities, capabilities and information needed to make smart decisions are not equally distributed among the people," Tobak writes. CBS MoneyWatch (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • American Chemistry Council releases September 2012 U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index
    According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index was flat in September, following no growth in August. Chemical production declined in all regions except the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley regions, which posted gains. Read more about the September U.S. CPRI. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lightweighting through chemistry products revolutionizes vehicle efficiency
    Americans are becoming increasingly conscious of efficiency in the cars we drive, and one of the most effective ways to improve vehicle efficiency is through "lightweighting" -- reducing the weight of a car so that it can run farther on less fuel. From the front bumper to the rear taillights, virtually every component of a lightweight vehicle can be traced backed to chemistry. Altogether, chemistry products are revolutionizing the auto industry, helping the U.S. save enough energy to power 135 million cars annually.

    Read more from ACC on how chemistry is enabling lightweight vehicles. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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