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Dow Corning Greater China President Appointed AICM Chairman

Shanghai, China –Jeremy Burks, Dow Corning’s Greater China President, has been appointed Chairman of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM) effective January 2013.

Burks’ new role at AICM is consistent with the company’s ongoing pledge to embed sustainable principles throughout its operations as well as its wider efforts to encourage the adoption of Responsible Care® - a global initiative providing the framework for managing a company’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) – in China’s chemical industry.

“AICM is dedicated to bringing the best international practices to China’s chemical industry and it continues to develop Responsible Care principles in parity with the global industry,” said Burks. “The principles of responsible manufacturing and use of chemicals are already guiding the local chemical industry toward a new era of sustainability.”

As the President of Dow Corning Greater China, Burks is responsible for the company’s corporate governance, compliance and leadership development in the Greater China region. He also currently leads the company’s Greater China Council that is responsible for developing and executing the company’s business strategies in China. Since November 2011, he served on AICM’s Boards of Directors which is a leadership team that brings an extensive knowledge of leadership, management and development in the chemical industry to China. Burks is also actively involved in the community and was recently awarded a Silver Magnolia Award by the Shanghai government in recognition of his ongoing contributions to the city.

“Responsible Care has played a vital role in Dow Corning’s global values, and in China, our commitment to responsible development is evident in our most recent expansion at the Songjiang site that minimizes waste, reduces environmental footprint through less use of solvents and on-site resources recycling,” added Burks. “Dow Corning is continually committed to bringing innovative technology and setting a high standard for the silicone industry in China. As one of the two sponsoring members on AICM’s Responsible Care Committee, we further endeavor to inspire and support our industry colleagues to manufacture and provide products in a responsible way.”

Dow Corning first pledged its commitment to the Responsible Care initiative in 1989 in the US and later promoted its global implementation in 1997. With a strong code of environmental conduct, the initiative provides the framework for managing the company’s EHS efforts. The company’s Zhangjiagang integrated silicone manufacturing site strictly adheres to international EHS standards since its ground-breaking. To date, it delivers high reliability and safety for all employees while focuses efforts on minimizing waste generation as well as reduces overall environmental footprint.

The company also regularly communicates with local communities and industry colleagues to raise awareness about EHS best practices and environmental protection in China. Burks recently participated in an AICM e-Learning session aimed at reinforcing the importance of protecting the environment, safeguarding employees’ health and safety, as well as upholding the chemical industry’s reputation as providing safe places to work.

AICM is an industrial organization which represents more than 50 major international chemical companies with significant business operations in China. It is dedicated to bringing the best international practices to China and contribute to the sustainable growth of its chemical industry through the promotion of Responsible Care® and cost-effective, science and risk-based policies.


About Dow Corning
Dow Corning ( provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER ® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.  Dow Corning’s global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.

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