FECC Award 2009 goes to Mr. Michael Cooke
At the Annual Congress of the European Association of Chemical Distributors (Fecc) that took place on the 22nd and 23rd of June in Helsinki, Michael Cooke, European SHEQ Director at Univar Europe, received the prestigious 2009 Fecc Award. Fecc’s President Mr. Mauro Di Vito presented the Award and thanked Michael for his dedication and involvement in Fecc. As Chairman of the Fecc Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Committee Michael was instrumental in steering the Fecc advocacy activities towards a workable REACH implementation for the benefit of the entire chemical distribution sector.
As chair of the European Responsible Care Task Force Michael Cooke’s leadership was crucial in the development of a harmonised, tailor-made programme for the Chemical Distribution sector that is both attractive and credible in terms of effective implementation. Mr. Cooke is also Treasurer and Member of the Fecc Board since 2007. The Award symbolises the recognition of the invaluable contribution made by Michael Cooke.
At the Gala Dinner, where several representatives of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) were present, including ECHA’s Executive Director, Geert Dancet. Fecc’s Director General, Hendrik Abma, congratulated Michael on winning the Award and expressed gratitude for his great work and achievements that are so important for the sector. “Michael Cooke plays a key role in several Fecc activities. One might say he is one of the greatest supporters of Fecc, its mission and the vision behind our Association. We are looking forward to his continued support and leadership for the chemical distribution industry through Fecc”.
During the General Assembly meeting which took place the previous day, the Fecc Members welcomed Telko (Finland) and Neochimiki (Greece) as new Company Members in 2009. Earlier last year, Ter Hell Group and Welding (both from Germany) joined the Association. Fecc’s Membership has significantly grown over the last few years and is proud to count 32 Company Members, alongside the 17 National Associations and 11 Associate Members. Fecc represents, directly or indirectly, over 1,200 chemical distribution companies; ranging from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to larger pan-European and global players. Together these companies have an annual sales leverage of approximately €30 billion and employ more than 40,000 employees in Europe, while supplying over 1 million downstream users.
Fecc is the Brussels-based body representing the European chemical distribution industry to the EU Institutions. Its member companies generate sales of more than 30 billion euro. Fecc members – most of them SMEs - are actively involved in the promotion and implementation of environmental, health and safety standards such as the Responsible Care programme. Fecc members create value in the supply chain by meeting the demands of over one million downstream users ranging over all branches of industry. They distribute and regularly import substances and preparations vital for the success of the European economy.
Fecc participated and contributed to the work of the European Commission’s High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry which started its work in September 2007 and finished in February 2009.