Verrico Associates

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Large Chemical Company

Client Challenge: Verrico Associates’ valued Client is one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturing companies. With a strong global presence, nearly 100,000 employees and over 200 manufacturing locations worldwide, this Client has a diverse set of products, markets served, cultural issues and organizational risks.

The Client had a need to audit all of its US facilities to better understand how it is complying with chemical industry and trade association requirements, to ensure its certification and membership in the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Internal resources did not have the breadth of audit experience that the company was looking for, nor intricate knowledge of the certification requirements from an audit perspective.

Practical Solution: The organization came to Verrico Associates to help conduct audits at all of its US faciliites, related to the Chemical industry’s Responsible Care Management System (RCMS) requirements and the risks and hazards of a very diverse set of operations. Working directly with North American management, Verrico Associates has conducted over 100 facility, business and headquarter audits to date for the Client, including long-standing industrial facilities and a number of new acquisitions. The audit team has worked with senior management, project coordinators and all levels of operations to ensure consistency and to identify issues commensurate with business priorities.

Result: The Client has significantly improved its RCMS across all facets of its businesses. This was particularly important in the context of its acquisition of several new companies, as Verrico Associates helped the Client ensure system consistency across approximately 50 facilities that represent newly acquired operations. Some improvements of note include:
− better definition and execution of risk assessment and prioritization process;
− consistent risk management activities in line with business and operational priorities;
− stronger understanding and adherence to corporate expectations with an emphasis on communication of critical expectations; and
− furthering of operational awareness in light of the organization’s cultural improvement process.