Chemistry is essential to the products and services that improve our lives and help make us safer, healthier, and more productive. Through the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® Stewardship & Sustainability initiative and the Responsible Care® Global Charter, the chemical industry has made a global commitment to improve its environment, health, safety, and security performance.
The Responsible Care® initiative challenges the world’s leading chemical companies to achieve even higher standards of performance and generate greater value for their businesses. The Responsible Care Management System® offers an integrated, structured approach to drive results in seven key areas:
- Community awareness and emergency response
- Employee health and safety
- Pollution prevention
- Process safety
- Product safety
SNF Guiding Principles for Safety
SNF believes and subscribes to the following Guiding Principles that we will:
- Conduct our business in ethical ways that benefit society, the economy, and the environment
- Design and develop products that are manufactured, transported, used, disposed of, and recycled safely and responsibly
- Communicate with customers throughout the value chain by providing information and training regarding any potential hazards or risks associated with our products, and by welcoming feedback or recommendations
- Instill a culture throughout all levels of the organization to continually identify, reduce, and manage process safety risks
- Promote pollution prevention, minimization of waste, and conservation of energy and other critical resources throughout the life cycles of our products
- Cooperate with governments and organizations to help develop sensible and effective safety, health, environmental, and security laws, regulations, and standards
- Support education and research on the health, safety, environmental, and security effects of our products and processes
- Make continual progress toward a goal of no accidents, injuries, or harm to human health and the environment from our products or operations
- Report health, safety, environmental, security, and sustainable development performance
- Seek continual improvement in our integrated Responsible Care Management System® to address environmental, health, safety, and security performance
- Promote Responsible Care® by encouraging and assisting other companies in adherence to these or similar Guiding Principles
SNF has adopted eight standardized Rules (The Essential Eight), which will contribute to safer practices within our operations and initiate the next step in our safety journey. These Rules are internationally recognized and our continued commitment to following them will reduce the likelihood of injuries and prevent serious incidents within our facilities.
- Work with a valid permit when required
- Obtain a permit for entry into a confined space
- Isolate equipment before work begins
- Obtain authorization before disabling safety equipment
- Protect yourself against a fall when working at height
- No illegal drug use
- No alcohol or tobacco use on-site
- Wear seatbelts in vehicles where provided
To help promote these Rules to our workers we provide support material to our staff and outline accountabilities for each rule.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010
SNF Holding Company and its affiliates are supporters of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657). The purpose of the Act is to increase the amount of information available to the public regarding the efforts by manufacturers and retailers to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.
SNF Holding Company and its affiliates take the following efforts to ensure that all individuals within its supply chain are free from slavery and human trafficking.
- We incorporate the California Transparency Act – Code of Basic Working Conditions in the ‘terms and conditions’ portion of all purchase orders, a copy of which is included with all of our purchase orders. Acknowledgment and acceptance of our purchase order shall be deemed to constitute acceptance and verification of the supplier’s intention to comply with the Code of Basic Working Conditions. At this time, we do not engage a third party to participate in these verifications.
- We seek to verify our suppliers’ compliance with our Code of Basic Working Conditions by attempting to incorporate the Code of Basic Working Conditions in all new contracts. At this time, we do not employ an independent, unannounced audit.
- We request that our direct suppliers certify that all materials provided to SNF by the supplier were manufactured by employees who are not victims of slavery or human trafficking.
- We require employees of SNF Holding Company and its affiliates to be familiar with our Code of Basic Working Conditions and to immediately advise our management team in the event that a supplier does not comply with those requirements.
- We provide training on human trafficking and slavery to all employees who have direct responsibility for supply chain management.