Caring for People and the Planet
The ICDA is proactive with regard to the impact of the industry’s processes, products and services on people and the environment.
Regulatory compliance and responsible production – including the use and recycling of chromium in all its forms – are key to the Association’s Sustainability Charter. The chrome industry is committed to the goal of a healthy, injury-free and illness-free workplace. The ICDA aims to set the benchmark in safety and health and provide up-to-date information on these matters.
Developing the Market
Chromium is never used alone, but always as an ingredient in other products. The ICDA therefore establishes marketing partnerships with industry bodies that promote new applications for chrome. In this way the ICDA sustains existing and emerging markets by cooperating in dedicated projects and promoting networking. Since some 90% of the use of chromite ore is in stainlessand alloyed steels, the ICDA’s Partners are primarily steel development associations around the world. Partners also includebodies representing non-metallic uses of chromium.
Sharing Scientific and Technical Information
The Association keeps a watching brief on regulatory issues and on the advantages of new technological processes. It provides risk and hazard assessment information, reviews of data by independent organisations and consistent responses to HSE issues.
Serving its Members
As the voice of the chrome industry, the ICDA organises international seminars and annual conferences for the Industry and its Partners, with prominent speakers, global industry overviews, profiles of national industries and a forum for exchange and networking.
Great care is taken to ensure global participation in these activities. Collecting and disseminating global production data, trade movements and the latest industry news, the ICDA publishes a Weekly Market Update (in English, Russian and Chinese) and an annual Statistical Bulletin that is considered a reference document. It also provides its Members with access to a wealth of privileged information.
Providing Benchmark Knowledge
The information and experience amassed by the ICDA, its Members and its working groups, in terms of statistics, regulations, standardisation, production, clean technologies, etc., have established numerous benchmarks. The results of these studies and many others are freely available to Members. Access to this industry knowledge is of inestimable value, especially to a new Member or an emerging country hungry for authoritative guidance and information on matters concerning chrome.