A part of PlasticsEurope
ECVM is a division of PlasticsEurope, the trade association representing the plastic manufacturers in Europe. A founding member of VinylPlus®, ECVM is committed to sustainable development, and to address and promote health safety and environmental best practices over the PVC life cycle.
Value chain platforms and European-wide PVC network
ECVM organises three value chain platforms, each dedicated to communicate about the use of PVC in key application areas: PVCMed Alliance for PVC in healthcare, PVC4Pipes for PVC in piping systems and PVC4Cables for PVC in cables.
Besides these platforms, ECVM also organises the European PVC network. The PVC Network is a network of national organisations providing information to people interested in PVC issues. The PVC Network has been operating for over 20 years, providing information, organising events, responding to issues and building relationships in each of their countries.
Our mission of the European PVC industry, shared by ECVM can be symbolically summarised in the following six words:
"We create possibilities for sustainable living"
We create possibilities...
These first three words reflect our industry’s understanding that today’s complex and evolving society constantly needs to make choices about its future. With ever increasing demands and ever diminishing resources, choices are challenging because sometimes it can be difficult to be certain of the outcomes and balanced decisions have to be made. But our industry recognises that by not taking these decisions we may narrow all of our options for tomorrow. So we strive to maintain society’s ability to choose by creating new possibilities and maintaining the choices that are essential for our future.
...for sustainable living
The second three words in this mission statement represent, far more than just an appreciation of environmental issues. They represent a belief in the long term. That our industry understands that it cannot compromise tomorrow by what it does today. This is the lens through which we see relationships with all of our stakeholders. The PVC industry believes that sustainability can only be achieved by operating with a holistic perspective, always looking at the bigger picture. The tagline we use: ‘Making possibilities together’, encapsulates how our industry seeks to work by engaging with all of our stakeholders for mutual long-term benefit.
The following four values characterise how we try to go about our work:
1. Forward Thinking
We try to use our collective strength to continually to push boundaries and break new ground.
We always try to be dependable. We create a sense of confidence with our partners that helps everyone to make the right decisions.
We don’t hesitate to make firm promises and understand that we are expected to deliver on these.
We are respectful of others, we try to listen and adapt to their needs, so that we can combine forces and develop strong partnerships.
Committed to sustainable development
The European PVC industry has embraced its social responsibility and has been working hard since the late 90s to ensure that the challenge of sustainable development is taken seriously. In the past decade, the industry has made great progress in waste management, innovative recycling technologies, stakeholder engagement and responsible use of additives. This commitment is encapsulated in VinylPlus, the voluntary commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, of which ECVM is a founding member.
The role of ECVM
In common with the rest of the chemical industry, ECVM is working hard to reduce any effects on the environment caused by the activities of the PVC industry through the 'Responsible Care' policy of the whole chemical sector.
It works actively with its members and sister trade associations representing additive manufacturers, machinery manufacturers and plastic product producers, to ensure the highest production standards are observed and that the whole industry is working to ensure the sustainable development of PVC as a material.
Since many years, ECVM members have made substantial investments to maintain or achieve the challenging emission standards set out for VCM and PVC production in the ECVM Industry Charter, and ECVM is a key player in VinylPlus, the voluntary commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry.