Responsible Reflections Blog

January 11, 2018
2018 Looms Large for Chemical Distribution Industry on Policy Issues
2018 Looms Large for Chemical Distribution Industry on Policy Issues
By Eric Byer, NACD

The beginning of a new year brings time for reflection on goals accomplished in the last twelve months and challenges ahead that we need to tackle. As we enter President Trump’ s second year in office, not to mention a midterm election year, we need to be laser-focused on the key policy issues most impacting chemical distributors.

December 7, 2017
Congress on the Brink of Major Tax Overhaul
Congress on the Brink of Major Tax Overhaul
By Layla Soberanis, NACD

Closing out 2017, we find ourselves on the precipice of witnessing Congress pass the biggest tax overhaul since 1986. The last tax reform was three decades ago, and Congress has struggled on thorny tax debates ever since. We can all agree (Democrats, Republicans, or others) that the overly complicated and burdensome U.S. tax code is due for a major update. 

November 8, 2017
Every Day Is STEM Day for the Chemical Educational Foundation
Every Day Is STEM Day for the Chemical Educational Foundation
By Dwayne Sattler, CEF

Today, November 8, is National STEM Day, and now more than ever we must recognize the need to foster our youth to pursue careers in the sciences. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) job opportunities in the U.S. are growing. As we look to the future of our economy and our workforce, STEM education – and specifically chemistry – is a critical part of driving innovation to improve and advance our everyday lives. 

November 2, 2017
Health Plan Executive Order Will Benefit Small Businesses
Health Plan Executive Order Will Benefit Small Businesses
By Lindsay Ryan, NACD

Over the last few years, some members of Congress have emphasized the need for reforming our nation’s health care system. While many efforts were aimed at dismantling Obamacare, doing so has not proven easy. Republicans, particularly in the Senate, were unable to find a consensus on a path for reform. In response, President Trump took matters into his own hands through an executive order directing federal agencies to find ways to increase competition and lower costs through association health plans. 

October 26, 2017
For National Chemistry Week, We Celebrate the People, Policies and Innovations that Make Sure #ChemistryRocks
For National Chemistry Week, We Celebrate the People, Policies and Innovations that Make Sure #ChemistryRocks
By Eric Byer, NACD

In celebration of this year’s National Chemistry Week, NACD joined with the American Chemical Society and the American Chemistry Council to hold the first-ever Chemistry Expo on Capitol Hill, bringing members of our industry together with members of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus to highlight innovations in the industry and STEM education.

October 5, 2017
A Day at the White House to Cut Government Red Tape
A Day at the White House to Cut Government Red Tape
By Eric Byer, NACD

Earlier this week, I was invited by the White House along with 100 other leading trade association executives to attend an event highlighting the efforts made by the Trump administration to reduce the regulatory burdens businesses continue to face. This “Cut the Red Tape Summit,” which featured most of President Trump’s Cabinet and senior staff, was led by Vice President Mike Pence and highlighted efforts by the administration to halt the extraordinary growth of the Code of Federal Regulations from the 1960s to today.  

September 28, 2017
UK Blast Underscores Importance of Responsible Distribution for Chemical Distributors
UK Blast Underscores Importance of Responsible Distribution for Chemical Distributors
By Eric Byer, NACD

The recent improvised bomb explosion on an underground London train has rekindled concerns about the security of the international chemical supply chain. Reports indicate terrorists utilized volatile precursor chemicals to make triacetone triperoxide (TATP) for the bomb they planted in a plastic bucket inside a carrier bag. Questions from the media and others in Europe are now centering on the regulatory framework governing the sale and use of TATP and other chemicals and how to ensure the integrity of the chemical supply chain remains as secure as possible.

September 7, 2017
Has the Window of Opportunity Passed?
Has the Window of Opportunity Passed?
By Eric Byer, NACD

As I write this nearly 8-months into President Trump’s term, I continue to scratch my head wondering why so little progress has been made between his administration and leaders of both political parties on Capitol Hill. In talking with NACD members, most are equally frustrated with the lack of progress. Many support a number of the President’s top initiatives but wince at how his social media discourse has denigrated the legislative process when addressing these issues. While the president has done a commendable job of reducing the bureaucracy, especially at EPA under Administrator Pruitt, little has been accomplished the first three quarters this year legislatively. And that is not good at all.  

August 31, 2017
Recovery and Healing after Harvey
Recovery and Healing after Harvey
By Eric Byer, NACD

Our NACD family is hurting – in Texas and Louisiana. The good news so far is that in talking to a number of our members in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, they and their employees are safe and accounted for. We all pray that they remain safe until this storm passes and the recovery and rebuilding process begins in earnest. And on behalf of NACD’s Board of Directors and entire membership, I want to thank all those first responders and citizens who have demonstrated incredible resolve and heroism to help out the folks affected by this historic storm.  

August 24, 2017
Is a Lack of Team Diversity Holding You Back?
Is a Lack of Team Diversity Holding You Back?
By Matt McKinney, NACD

In an industry sector primarily made up of small businesses facing tight profit margins, it is critical that companies streamline inefficiencies and constantly look for ways to be doing things better. Of course, sometimes that means you have to look at the numbers to see where you can shave costs and boost revenue. Sometimes you evaluate individual employee performance and make adjustments. But increasingly, it means you should be taking a look at the makeup and composition of your team.