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Nouryon awarded Responsible Care® Merit Award in China

22 Jun 2021 - News

Nouryon, a global specialty chemicals leader, received the 2021 Responsible Care® Merit Award from the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM) in recognition of Nouryon’s distinguished performance in the fields of sustainability and responsible care in China. Four Nouryon employees also received 2020 Key Contributor Awards honoring their contributions to industrial policy advocacy and hazardous chemical safety management.

As a signatory to the Responsible Care Global Charter, Nouryon is committed to nurturing a work culture that proactively supports safe chemicals management, protects people and the environment, engages business partners and stakeholders, and contributes to sustainability through the development of innovative solutions.

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“We are honored to be recognized for our performance, transparency and involvement in AICM’s sustainability initiatives, principally for our commitment to the environment and continuously improving employee health and safety performance,” said Marcus van Tilborg, Director Integrated Supply Chain Asia Pacific at Nouryon. “As we reflect on the challenges posed by COVID-19, I’m especially proud of the way our team reacted to protect our people, our communities and the environment, while advancing our ambitious sustainability agenda.” 

To meet the Responsible Care Merit Award requirements, Nouryon’s eight manufacturing facilities in China conducted annual self-assessments supported by improvement plans and internal audits. In China and globally, Nouryon’s safety and environmental performance has demonstrated continuous growth and improvement in recent years. 

“Our operational excellence and our focus on growth and customer satisfaction align with our sustainability ambitions,” said Sobers Sethi, Senior Vice President Emerging Markets and China at Nouryon. “Nouryon’s recognition by the AICM is a testament to the entire team in China who actively implements Responsible Care principles every day.” 

The Nouryon employees honored with 2020 Key Contributor Awards are:

  • Dong Xie, Legal & Compliance Director Asia
  • Brooks Yu, Senior Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs Advocacy Manager
  • Gary Gao, Health, Safety, Environment and Security Manager Asia
  • Jing Ge, Communications Manager Emerging Markets and China


Responsible Care is a global initiative by the chemical industry to enhance and improve the industry’s environmental, health, safety, and security performance. Nouryon also recently received 14 awards from the American Chemistry Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping employee health and safety at the forefront of its operations.


Gary Gao, Asia Health, Safety, Environment and Security Manager at Nouryon (pictured 3rd from the left), was one of four Nouryon employees to be honored with the 2020 AICM Key Contributor Awards.

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Markets and consumers worldwide rely on our essential solutions to manufacture everyday products, such as personal care, cleaning goods, paints and coatings, agriculture and food, pharmaceuticals, and building products. Furthermore, the dedication of more than 7,900 employees with a shared commitment to our customers, business growth, safety, sustainability and innovation has resulted in a consistently strong financial performance. We operate in over 80 countries around the world with a portfolio of industry-leading brands. 

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