Imperial Logistics group company Freightmax has been awarded the Responsible Care® Haulier Award by the Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA).

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This prestigious annual award recognises companies in the South African chemical industry for outstanding achievements in health and safety, resource efficiency, pollution prevention and product stewardship, explains Imperial Logistics chief business development and strategy officer Cobus Rossouw. “The candidates are shortlisted based on the greatest improvements in these critical areas, and thereafter sites are visited and evidence physically audited and assessed,” he says.

The award was presented to Freightmax at CAIA’s 78th Annual General Meeting on the 09 of November 2016, in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Expanding on the criteria that the association used to select its winning haulier, Rossouw says that the winner was required to show continuous, year on year improvement in all aspects of health, safety and environment, with open communication about its activities and achievements. Candidates’ commitment to sustainability – including the betterment of society, the environment and the economy – was also stringently assessed. “CAIA member companies must strive to ‘do the right thing, even when no one is being policed,” he adds. “They must innovate and strive for safer and greener products and processes.”

A total of 68 transporters were in the running for CAIA’s Responsible Care® Haulier Award. All of the candidates are approved CAIA members, and are SQAS ( South African Safety Quality Assessment System) accredited and Responsible Care® signatories. “We are very proud to have been awarded top honours, and I must commend everyone at Freightmax for their contribution to this achievement. It reflects the success of the company’s i ncreased exposure to the chemical industry, and is a huge motivation for Freightmax management and staff to continue striving for the highest levels of health and safety ,” Rossouw concludes.

CAIA represents the South African chemical industry. The Association has 164 members that include chemical manufacturers, traders and industry service providers. As part of a worldwide network of chemical industry associations, CAIA seeks to promote the continuous improvement of performance in the safety, health and environmental arenas, as well as to boost the productivity and competitiveness of the chemical and allied industries in South Africa, thereby enhancing their sustainability.

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