Chemistry Council of New Jersey’s Commitment to Sustainability: Environmental, Social, and Good Corporate Governance Best Practices
With 96 percent of all manufactured goods directly touched by chemistry, New Jersey’s economy is dependent on the products created by the members of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ). Nearly 44,000 individuals are directly employed by the chemistry industry in New Jersey, with another 34,000 in related jobs. Without a doubt, the business of chemistry is essential to New Jersey’s economy. With such a significant impact, our industry is mindful of its role in supporting responsible environmental, social, and corporate governance practices.
Since its inception, CCNJ has worked with its members to improve the industry’s commitment to environmental protection. Our members consider the environmental impact of their products and activities, while continuing to provide safe, quality products that meet the expectations of customers and end consumers. Our members are guided by the principle that they can do better and can do more to address the challenges facing our world.
While our industry’s legacy of discovery is inspiring, we must learn from our past shortcomings by maintaining our resolve in being solution providers and not contribute to the impediments that can negatively impact our society.
Whether considering climate change policy or environmental justice or equity in the workplace, our member companies are committed to conducting operations in a responsible manner, which promote sustainable and environmentally sound solutions based on science, while pursuing their business goals. In addition, our industry continues efforts to not only embrace a diversity of ideas, but a diversity of people to advance workable contributions to society and business.
Our commitment to being good environmental stewards is not enough, and so the Council supports our industry’s commitment to:
- A circular economy so that we reuse and minimize waste;
- Be model corporate neighbors involved in the community through regular updates and engagement;
- Strive for a more diverse and inclusive workplace;
- Rely on solid, peer reviewed, science; and
- Invest in education, training, and overall well-being of our employees, including safety and health programs.
Together, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey and its members accept the part we play to help our planet and society. CCNJ seeks to develop policy recommendations that are firmly based on the latest science and to support business opportunities that make sustainability the top priority and promote diversity among our ranks. Our members seek to be a part of the solution to the environmental and societal problems that challenge us today. It is why we have been partners with our legislators regarding legislation on paint recycling, environmental justice policies, and environmentally friendly refrigerants, for example.
We encourage you to review the programs of our member companies for more details about the industry’s commitment to environment, social and corporate governance practices.