- is the European Petrochemical Association, the quality network for the global chemical business community in Europe.
- provides platforms to meet, exchange ideas, transfer knowledge and support learning, and serves as a think tank for its members and its stakeholders.
- operates for more than 700 member companies from 54 different countries.
Diversity and Inclusion
Nathalie Brunelle, Chairperson of the TDIC, and Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs Refining & Chemicals, TOTAL, introduces the activities of the EPCA Talent & Diversity Inclusion Council (TDIC) which was established in 2015.
Report: IMPROVING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: A Guide to Best Practices for the Global Petrochemical Industry (2017)
The EPCA Talent and Diversity Inclusion Council (TDIC) launched in early 2016, a research effort to better understand the root causes of D&I challenges in general and harvest best practices on D&I amongst its members. The objective of this was to identify existing practices, discuss their impact, learn from each other’s experience and sometimes failures, borrow the best ideas and last but not least, share the outcome of this ‘crowdsourcing’ exercise with the wider EPCA community.
Report: WHY DIVERSITY MATTERS (2016)
Recognizing the increasing importance of Diversity and Gender Inclusion, EPCA (the European Petrochemical Association) has commissioned a survey of its member organizations to gain a better picture of the current status, progress and best practices across the European Petrochemicals industry. The survey and subsequent analysis were supported by McKinsey. From the side of EPCA, 19 member companies participated in a survey, which targeted both the “white collar” managerial workforce and the “blue collar” operations workforce and together represent a total of approximately 30% of the entire employee population of the European Chemicals Industry.
EPCA supports STEM education
EPCA and PlasticsEurope launch the next edition of the EYDC (European Youth Debating Competition) for 2017
Based on the successful experience of the 2016 European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC, www.eydc.eu), where over 500 students (16 -19 years old) participated across Europe, EYDC is back for 2017.
The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope are once again organizing a series of debating competitions for youngsters in Europe. They will take place between April and October 2017. Seven countries will be hosting the National Finals: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the UK. Some 50 students between 16 and 19 years old will participate in each of these events. The European Finals 2017 will take place in Berlin on Sunday 1st of October 2017, during the 51st EPCA Annual Meeting.
Once again the debating competition is a multifaceted activity to engage young people with the key issues facing modern society. This year’s debate touches upon the topic: “People, Planet, Profit in the Digital Age: With or without petrochemistry and plastics?” To win, students will need to display public speaking skills with well-informed, logical and persuasive arguments.
STEM Professionals Go Back To Schools
The "STEM Professionals Go Back To Schools" scheme aims to engage company professionals (technicians, scientists, engineers, researchers or employment and recruiting managers) to visit schools and participate in collaborative activities for one hour to half a day in a STEM class. STEM Alliance scheme enables schools and companies to get in touch with each other through a specific tool put in place by European Schoolnet. This scheme closes the gap between industry and education sectors and raise pupils and teachers’ awareness around STEM careers and promote STEM jobs. Click here to access the tool!
Petro & Chemistry: Partnership for a Better Life - Did you know that petroleum is a big supporter of your daily lifestyle and helps to shape a better future? No? Let us give you a few examples: Sneakers, smartphones and toothbrushes – all of these rely on petroleum derivatives and the chemical industry in one way or another.
Call for industry and policy makers:
‘SWITCHING ON’ TO STEM - INCREASING THE TALENT POOL OF SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS
Science and engineering are crucial to life in the 21st century, and key to solving many of the world’s major challenges. However, there is a shortage of scientists and engineers across the European Union, with 43% of manufacturing employers reporting difficulties in recruiting an appropriately skilled workforce.
The STEM Alliance intends to consolidate and expand the work of inGenious, by bringing together further key stakeholders from industry and education in order to:
1) Promote the attractiveness and importance of STEM jobs in all industrial sectors,
2) improve and promote all existing industry-education STEM initiatives supported by industry;
3) contribute to innovation in STEM teaching, iv.) support the competitiveness of companies by ensuring a STEM-skilled workforce and
4) enhance industry-education collaboration at national level across all EU member states.
Written by Joy Parvin, Director, Centre for Industry Education Collaboration, Department of Chemistry, University of York (UK)
We promote sustainable and resilient supply chains
Report: EPCA 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting - Logistics & Supply Chain Session
EPCA Supply Chain Program Committee (SCPC) chairperson, Johan Devos reflected on the work of the committee and the programs it has promoted over the past 20 years. Keynote speaker Patrick Dixon, chairman of The Global Change Ltd, then presented his very thought-provoking 10 predictions for the future, many based on large scale, speed, adaptability, consolidation and demographic change, along with the associated risks. He also looked at the importance of STEM and the green technology revolution. A panel debate followed with several leading industry representatives to gauge their views on the future shape of chemicals supply chain and logistics.
Talent & Technology: Drivers for supply chain leadership
EPCA organizes an Interactive Supply Chain Workshop for both producers and logistics service providers every two years. A networking and learning workshop which takes place in a European location between January and June. Key outcomes of the workshop feed in to subsequent EPCA Annual Meetings or Chemical Supply Chain & Logistics working groups.
Top speakers with in-depth expertise and global reach in their sector of activity are invited to address these workshops that also benefit from the support of top business schools in the world specialized in supply and logistics chains. We offer cross-sector transfer of learning with practical examples of implementation of innovative methods that delegates can use in their daily supply chain operations. Our round table discussions give participants the opportunity to voice their opinion and share their experience with their industry peers.
The last workshop, ‘Talent & Technology: Drivers for Supply Chain Leadership’, took place on 2nd and 3rd June 2014.
EPCA publishes its 50 year Anniversary History Book
In commemoration of EPCA’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting (2016) in Budapest, we have taken the opportunity to share with all our stakeholders and the younger generations about the passionate journey EPCA has taken during the past 50 years.
The History book looks back on the beginning of the petrochemical industry and its evolution. But it also takes an opportunity to look ahead and outline our way into the future.
EPCA is a founding partner of STEM Alliance - where Industry and Education come together to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in Europe
How can we better prepare young girls and boys to make them more employable in Europe?
The continued substantial shortage of STEM skilled workers seriously jeopardises the success of the European economy. Industry and the Ministries of Education have agreed to work together to improve the situation of STEM education in Europe. They will collaborate under a new initiative called the STEM Alliance, which will further build on the achievements obtained by the inGenious platform.
To learn more, please visit www.stemalliance.eu
Guidelines for collaboration between school and industry
Whether you are a teacher, education administrator, involved in industry or a policy maker – anyone engaged in collaboration between industry and schools can benefit from the information in this code produced by European Schoolnet - inGenious, the European coordination body for STEM education. The inGenious Code comprising principles, guidelines, checklists and templates, to help schools and industry work together in a safe, smooth and secure way. The inGenious Code offers best practice and practical advice in order to increase and further school-industry collaborations across the European Union. More information are available on www.ingenious-science.eu.
EPCA’s Annual Meeting is a world-class business event for the chemical business community, welcoming top international speakers, CEOs, business leaders and service providers from across the globe.
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