PHOENIX – The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) and the Asociación Nacional de la Industria Química (ANIQ), the national chemical industry associations of the United States and Mexico, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreeing to recognize the value of each organization’s environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) programs known as Responsible Distribution and Responsabilidad Integral. The MOU also encompassed best practices, information sharing and additional support.

“Responsible Distribution is at the core of everything we do here at NACD as we celebrate the program’s 25th anniversary this year, and we are pleased to acknowledge our respective programs and enhance our international cooperation and sharing of best practices with ANIQ,” said Eric R. Byer, President of NACD. “Today’s agreement is a testament to our shared commitment to ensure our members are constantly working to improve environmental health, safety and security throughout the supply chain.”

The MOU recognizes that the associations’ mutual programs work to reduce incidents and improve performance in EHS&S, and that sharing of information and best practices brings value to both associations and ultimately has a positive impact on the global marketplace.

Said Byer, “We have much in common as NACD and ANIQ members work to produce and distribute products in the safest and most secure methods possible. Enhancing relationships across international borders helps raise the bar for product management and improved performance both in the United States and Mexico.”

NACD and its over 440 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain, providing products to over 750,000 end users.

Founded in 1959, ANIQ represents a select group of 220 voluntarily affiliated companies of varying sizes and activities generating more than 95% of the private production of chemicals in Mexico.