Perspectives: From the Editor

Group Issues Guide to Sustainability Metrics

Document specifically targets life-cycle assessment of chemical products

By MARK ROSENZWEIG, Editor in Chief

In early October, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva, published a guide to help chemical industry customers and other stakeholders compare on a common and sensible basis the environmental footprint of chemical products. WBCSD’s membership consists of around 200 global companies, including BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Eastman and Shell, with combined revenue exceeding $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees.

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings January 2010: Trade Shows Require Rethinking

Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief points out that chemical companies continue to face financial pressures. With funds tight for capital expenditures, there's less motivation to send engineers to the show, especially when firms also are curtailing non-essential travel to save money.

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings June 2010: Plant Security Deserves More Attention

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings March 2009: Spend Slack Time Smartly

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings March 2010: U.S. Lead in Science and Engineering Erodes

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings May 2010: Obama Tackles Safety Board Vacancies

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings November 2009: Take a Safe Approach to Safety Equipment

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Rosenzweig's Ramblings October 2009: Industry Safety Initiative Deserves Applause

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02/20/2006

Security poses an inherent industry dilemma

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