Sustainability - Corporate Social Responsibility
At UBE, we know that progress is acceptable only if it is sustainable. Progress that is environment-friendly and safe for people. Therefore, at UBE, we started with our own area to make it safe for human and natural environments that are fully interdependent and interrelated.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Global Initiative for Transparency in the Chemical Sector
Safety implies knowledge. Therefore, it is very important for the general public and, of course, the staff in the area at our company to be aware of the risks and safe practices that need to be followed when handling chemicals.
Downstream users and, especially, end consumers have insufficient knowledge about the risks of the chemicals that reach the market.
Therefore, at UBE Corporation Europe, we take part in the Global Product Strategy (GPS), a worldwide initiative developed by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) to achieve safe handling and management of chemicals throughout their life cycle. To improve transparency in the chemical industry and increase confidence in its products, the ICCA has set up the ICCA GPS Portal, from where it encourages the industry to share the safety reports of its chemicals and where citizens and any entity interested can access them directly.
The Chemical Industry's Commitment to Sustainable Development
In the UBE Group, we are fully bound to our natural and social environment and specially committed to safety and the environment in the area closest to our production units.
Responsible Care is a global programme applied in 55 countries across the world by the most advanced chemical companies in issues related to the environment, technology and safety. In Spain, it is managed and coordinated by the Business Federation of the Spanish Chemical Industry (Spanish acronym: FEIQUE).
In Europe, we have participated in the Responsible Care Programme since 1993, a voluntary initiative by chemical companies whose aim is to ensure that, when carrying on their businesses, participants attain continuous and demonstrable improvements in safety and the protection of health and the environment in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
Like UBE, over 60% of the Spanish chemical sector has already joined the programme and, since its implementation in our country in 1993, the companies that apply the programme have experienced significant advances that contribute continuously and effectively to improving safety and health protection in the industry, also minimising their environmental impact.
Processes for sustainable progress
At the companies in the UBE Corporation Europe group, we have decided to be market leaders in quality, occupational health, safety and environmental protection.
We have therefore established an integrated management system based on processes that help us progress towards an increasingly effective management system through continuous improvement in performance.
The principles of the system are set forth in our "Management Policy". Management is responsible for implementing the Integrated Management System, implementing all necessary measures to promote, monitor and ensure its development.
We have certificates for all the manufacturing and marketing processes of έ Caprolactam, crystalline ammonium sulphate, granular ammonium sulphate (UBESOL 45), liquid fertilisers, 1,6-hexanediol, 1,5-pentanediol; and for the design and development, manufacturing and marketing of polycarbonate diols, polyamides and copolyamides according to the following standards:
- ISO 9001: 2008 (Management System)
- ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental Management)
- OHSAS 18001: 2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management)