Who we are
Established on February 1st 2016, ICTA is the International Chemical Trade Association representing the interests of over 1500 chemical distributors world-wide. ICTA replaces the 1992 founded ICCTA (International Council of Chemical Trade Organizations) Today ICTA national association members have an aggregate direct turnover in excess of 55 billion euros and employ more than 70,000 employees.
The ICTA Secretariat is based with the European Association of Chemical Distributors (Fecc) in Brussels.
What we do
ICTA was set up to fill the need of having a world-wide chemical association coordinating work on issues and programmes of international interest across Chemical Trade Associations. ICTA provides a platform where chemical distributors from many different sectors can meet and exchange information and best practises. ICTA also advocates for its members on a global scale.
ICTA's objectives are to:
- Identify key global issues which affect the viability, credibility and sustainability of chemical trade and identify priorities;
- Promote the spirit, principles and voluntary practices of Responsible Care, and Responsible Distribution and other equivalent programmes world-wide;
- Encourage participation in the United Nations Global Compact initiative;
- Develop policies with its members to address key issues affecting the chemical trade, also to discuss challenges of an international dimension relating to chemical trade;
- To facilitate the establishment of national or regional associations where they do not exist;
- Promote ICTA policies through advocacy plans with national, regional and international organisations;
- Implement common projects to address key issues and communicate best practices to establish overseas markets for distributors;
- Represent chemical trade on key issues with international;
- Promote international free trade and fair competition within the framework of the World Trade Organisation (WTO);
- Interface between the industry, including its Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and international organisations and stakeholders;