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January 22, 2013
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  • Survey: Chemical industry engaging in sustainable practices
    Chemicals makers are increasingly applying sustainability in production and the supply chain, according to a survey by ICIS and Genomatica. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed have a policy on sustainability, and 71% regard energy and waste management as a very important facet of sustainability. "The survey shows that sustainability -- and the use of renewables-based chemicals -- is part of the mainstream of thinking and action for both chemical producers and chemical users," said Genomatica CEO Christophe Schilling. ICIS Chemical Business (U.K.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Chemical industry promotes work with DHS on CFATS
    The American Chemistry Council and other industry groups have found success working with the Department of Homeland Security on chemical-security regulations, and ACC has proposed a plan to partner with DHS to streamline security planning through the federal alternative security program. A permanent authorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards would be welcome, a source said. "No one is comfortable with this as an interim program. Everyone wants regulatory certainty," the source said. InsideEPA.com (free content) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Developing countries join U.S. in shale interest
    Developing countries are also exploring shale-based extraction, according to a report prepared by IHS for the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. "Other regions and countries with large shale gas and tight oil deposits can, with time, also participate in this energy revolution and industrial renaissance," said Nariman Behravesh of IHS. Plastics & Rubber Weekly (U.K.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to lead without making decisions
    It's often best for bosses to avoid making some decisions, says Kon Leong, co-founder and CEO of ZL Technologies. Answer your workers' questions with questions, and encourage them to find the answers for themselves. "It can be very frustrating to my employees, but I'm trying to get others to scale up and learn," Leong explains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • If your workers won't change, maybe you should
    Bosses whose workers resist change have only themselves to blame, writes Disneyland entertainment manager Duane Dike. To inspire employees to embrace new ways of working, bosses need to take a more human and transformational approach to leadership, Dike explains. "[I]n many cases, the real resistance comes from bosses who refuse to change the way they lead," he writes. Management-Issues (U.K.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Key economic indicator gains for sixth consecutive month, hints at acceleration for housing market
    The American Chemistry Council's monthly Chemical Activity Barometer showed sustained growth, notching a 0.4% gain over December 2012 on a three-month-moving-average (3MMA) basis. The year-over-year 3MMA showed a solid 2.8% gain over January 2012. The CAB is a leading economic indicator derived from a composite index of chemical industry activity. January marked the CAB's sixth consecutive monthly gain. Read more from ACC on the January Chemical Activity Barometer.

    Interested in learning more on chemistry in commerce and the benefits of chemistry in your state? View the interactive Chemical Activity Barometer website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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