The MEM Seminar Series 2002/2003




Public Seminar on


“Responsible Care® and Environmental Management”



Mr Richard Gillis

Safety, Health and Environmental Advisor ExxonMobil Chemical Asia Pacific







Saturday, 29 March 2003

10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Lecture Room LR 425

SDE 3  Level 4



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The chemical industry has a low level of trust with the general public. Responsible Care® is a chemical industry initiative directed at improving the safety, health and environmental performance and the public perception of the chemical industry. Responsible Care® provides the basis on which many chemical companies develop their environmental management programs.


The discussion will cover the history and rationale of the global Responsible Care® program and its deployment in Asia Pacific and Singapore. How Responsible Care®, an integrated management program, manages the environment will be explored. The similarities and differences to ISO 14001 will be discussed. The future of the Responsible Care® program, addressing the weaknesses of the program and its future as a voluntary initiative against the background of developing regulatory initiatives will also be discussed.


About the speaker

Mr Richard Gillis graduated with a Fellowship Diploma of Applied Chemistry from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He completed a Masters degree in environmental engineering and epidemiology at the University of Melbourne and studied industrial hygiene at the University of Sydney. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene has certified him in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene.


Mr Gillis commenced work in the operations and subsequently worked in the area of industrial hygiene for Exxon affiliates and Exxon joint ventures in Australia, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Following the merger between Exxon and Mobil, he became the Safety, Health and Environmental Advisor for ExxonMobil Chemical Asia Pacific.


Mr Gillis’ responsibilities include oversight for Responsible Care for ExxonMobil Chemical's operations in Asia Pacific. He is a member of the Responsible Care Committee of the Singapore Chemical Industry Association and the Association of International Chemicals Manufacturers.