No matter where your business is on its sustainability journey, a presentation on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) promises to inform and inspire at the upcoming Central and Southern Region Meeting taking place from June 14-16.
Last month, more than 100 members and staff of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) traveled from their businesses across the country to meet with elected officials in Washington D.C. to advocate for the issues that are impacting our industry. This year’s annual NACD Washington Fly-In had greater member participation than ever before and is a great illustration of why chemical distributors are our own best advocates.
Over the last several weeks, rail issues have continued to reign supreme as a topic on Capitol Hill. S. 576, the Railway Safety Act of 2023, which Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and J.D. Vance (R-OH) introduced as a response to the awful accident in East Palestine, OH, continues to gain traction as members of both parties support the legislation and the bill passing out of the Senate Commerce Committee. In fact, at the time this piece was written, there are five Republicans and six Democrats co-sponsoring the legislation, and the bill passed successfully out of the Senate Commerce Committee with support from both Republicans and Democrats. Truly, a bipartisan measure if there ever was one.
Since Responsible Distribution is built on continuous improvement, we’re always looking to enhance the program and make changes to ensure our members have the latest information at hand.
Our online training platform, NACD U, has become an integral part of the resources we offer, and we’re now looking to take our Learning Management System (LMS) to the next level.
This time last year, chemical distributors were reeling from severe delays, skyrocketing costs, and discriminatory behavior driven by ocean carriers. And for too long, ocean shipping companies were reaping record profits and putting our nation at risk of shortages of essential chemicals and the goods that rely on those materials for their production.
Ensuring a business is adequately insured has never been more important given the litigious world in which we live. For chemical distributors, managing risk and properly protecting your people and assets are absolutely essential.
That’s why NACD members have exclusive access to a General Liability and Pollution Liability insurance program that is designed specifically for their needs, allowing them to operate secure in the knowledge that they’re covered should the worst happen.
Navigating the complexities of regulatory compliance can be a proverbial minefield for chemical distributors – and it’s particularly tough when so many new requirements and policies are constantly being introduced.
Effective marketing of your brand is essential in this competitive marketplace. How familiar is your audience with what your business does and the products and services you provide?
Complying with the Superfund tax, which Congress resurrected in 2021, has been a challenging process for both NACD members and our staff. It has been nearly three decades since the tax was last in effect, and it was unrealistic for Congress to expect the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and taxpayers to get such a complex tax back online in only seven months.
As if recent years haven’t been difficult enough for NACD members, the instability seen in the banking sector these past few weeks has only added to the uncertainty.