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Responsible Distribution

Guiding Principles  | Code of Management Practice


In more than 43 years of service to its members, NACD has placed the highest priority on the health, safety, and security of employees, communities, and the environment. In December 1991, the member companies of NACD undertook the most important mission ever contemplated in the history of the Association, the creation of and required compliance with the Responsible Distribution process. This initiative was developed by NACD members for NACD members. Responsible Distribution is separate and not a part of any other chemical industry code of management practice. It has taken guidance from various codes but has always remained independent and specific to the domestic and global needs of the chemical distributor.

A member-voted condition of membership in the Association is a signed commitment to Responsible Distribution, a third-party verification program, which requires members to continuously improve performance in the environment, health, safety, and security. NACD members play a leadership role in their communities as information resources and are eager to provide the same assistance and guidance to local, state, and federal legislators on technical issues relating to the safe handling, storage, transportation, use, and disposal of chemical products.

Responsible Distribution's credibility is unsurpassed by any other U.S. chemical industry initiative, largely because of its unique Third Party Verification, the first of its kind in the chemical industry. First, Document Verification of company Responsible Distribution policies and procedures is required of Candidate Members in order to advance to Regular membership status. [Note:  In November 2013, the NACD Board of Directors voted to eliminate the Document Verification requirement beginning with those organizations approved for NACD membership at the February 2014 Board of Directors meeting]. Second, on-site Responsible Distribution Verification is required by all Regular Members and Chemical Handler Affiliates. Responsible Distribution verifies organizations' implementation of Responsible Distribution policies and procedures via a facility visit and personnel interviews.

The return on the investment by NACD member companies to comply with Responsible Distributionare shown in such measurable examples as low toxic emissions (see Membership and Safety); low worker injuries, fatalities, and lost work days; lower insurance premiums than non-NACD member companies; and better relations with suppliers, customers, regulators, legislators, and local communities.

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Responsible Distribution Excellence Award

NACD’s Responsible Distribution Committee presents the annual Responsible Distribution Excellence Award for demonstrated outstanding performance of a company’s Responsible Distribution program based on the findings of NACD’s two independent verification firms.

Linden Bulk Transportation, Linden, NJ was awarded the 2013 Responsible Distribution Excellence Award, on August 21, 2013.

In announcing the award, Doug Brown, NACD's Treasurer and President/CEO of Brown Chemical Co., Inc. said, "NACD is proud to recognize Linden Bulk Transportation as the 8th recipient of this prestigious award and the first Chemical Handler Affiliate to ever achieve it. Linden Bulk Transportation embodies excellent performance in EHS&S in the chemical distribution industry and shows clear dedication to a high level of customer satisfaction. They exemplify the high standards required by Responsible Distribution."

In accepting the award, Joe Neumeister, General Manager – Quality and Regulatory Assurance commented, "Linden Bulk Transportation is very honored to receive this prestigious award, especially to be the first Affiliate to earn it. So many recipients before us are considered among the best-in-class. All of our colleagues at Linden Bulk Transportation have embraced the guiding principles of Responsible Distribution for years. They’re committed to doing their part to provide excellent customer service through our ‘Tender Loving Care’ process ensuring customer products are handled and cared for correctly and in our driver safety programs to ensure drivers carry out work in safe and proper manner. This award is further acknowledgment of their efforts. I am very appreciative that NACD has singled out Linden Bulk Transportation to receive the 2013 Responsible Distribution Excellence Award!”

Previous Responsible Distribution Excellence Award Winners:

2013: Linden Bulk Transportation, Linden, NJ
2012: Tarr, LLC, Portland, OR
2011:  G.S. Robins & Company, St. Louis, MO

2010:  Brenntag North America, Inc., Reading, PA
2009:  Wilson Industrial Sales Co., Inc., Brook, IN
2008:  Pochteca Materias Primas S.A. de C.V. of Mexico City, Mexico
2007:  Pride Solvents & Chemical Co., of NJ, Inc., Avenel, NJ
2006:  Americhem Sales Corporation of Mason, MI


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