EPCA’s principle structures are the Board of Directors and the General Meeting of Full Members. The Board is supported by advisory bodies: the Supply Chain Program Committee (SCPC), the Young EPCA Think Tank (YETT) and the Talent & Diversity Inclusion Council (TDIC). Daily Management is assured by the CEO under the supervision of the Executive Committee.
The Ordinary General Meeting of Full Members (OGM)
The General Meeting, comprising the Official Representatives of the Full Member companies, meets once a year. The General Meeting is responsible for:
- appointing and dismissing the members of the Board;
- approving EPCA’s audited accounts and budget;
- taking a decision on membership fees.
The Official Representative (OR) represents the member company that he/she works for within the association. The OR of Full Members has a vote at General Meetings. He/she assures the transmission of EPCA information to the relevant units within the company.
Board of Directors
A Board of Directors, composed of a maximum of 18 voting members, decides EPCA policy and is our most important body. Comprising chemical producers and their service providers, Board members are elected for up to three years by the Ordinary General Meeting of Full Members.
The Board of Directors is responsible for:
- establishing the yearly accounts, budgets and EPCA membership fees;
- proposing these for approval to the Ordinary General Meeting of Full Members;
- deciding which projects EPCA should participate in;
- approving the creation of working groups and think tanks;
- deciding on the composition of other EPCA bodies;
- establishing EPCA’s vision, mission, values and strategy.
The Executive Committee is composed of the President, one or two Vice-Presidents and the Treasurer. The Executive Committee supervises the daily management of the CEO and acts as a nomination committee for the daily management of EPCA. The President and the Treasurer act as a remuneration committee. All Executive Committee members are members of the Board. Legal representation of the association is done by two members of the Executive Committee acting jointly or one of them acting with the CEO.
The CEO General takes care of the daily management of EPCA and executes EPCA’s strategy and the decisions taken by the Board. He/she proposes actions, changes or improvements to EPCA’s structure and strategy that will be beneficial to EPCA and its members.
The CEO is responsible for all human resources issues.
Supply Chain Program Committee (SCPC)
The Supply Chain Program Committee, comprising experts in chemical supply chains, assists in the organization of supply chain workshops, seminars and think tanks, as well as supply chain activities at the Annual Meetings. It also proposes chemical supply chain projects of interest to the Board.
Young EPCA Think Tank (YETT)
The Young EPCA Think Tank challenges EPCA’s activities and strategy, and assists in the selection of themes for meetings and workshops as well as new topics or activities in which EPCA should engage. YETT is also the coordinating body for EPCA’s educational activities. YETT makes the link between the educational projects of EPCA and those of its member companies. Its members are designated by the EPCA Board and selected from amongst young, talented representatives of member companies.
Talent & Diversity Inclusion Council (TDIC)
The EPCA Board has decided to create an EPCA “Talent and Diversity Inclusion Council” (TDIC). This TDIC was established in the course of 2015 as an advisory body to the EPCA Board. Its role is to support and supervise EPCA Diversity activities to be developed with the aim of making the business case of the need for diversity inclusion within the chemical business community. Diversity inclusion supports the talent management methods ensuring that our industry can continue to deliver the innovative and sustainable solutions expected from its customers and stakeholders. In this perspective, the TDIC will develop and promote diversity inclusion best practices from within and outside the chemical business community in the EPCA membership base and the general public.
Diversity is defined as individual difference in the fields of gender, age, ethnicity/race, nationality and culture.