PRACTICES

Consortia Management

B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM)

Overview:

Collaboration on advocacy, research, and required testing through consortia is key for entities in the industrial, agricultural, and specialty chemical spaces. Pooling resources to meet research, testing, regulatory, advocacy, and other shared obligations to promote and advocate issues of shared concern allows participating entities to leverage resources and maximize impact. B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) takes efficiency and efficacy one step further for consortia members through our consortia management services.

BCCM creates and maintains the operational framework for consortia so that members can focus on substantive issues most pertinent to their needs and essential to their success. We provide core management services along the operational hierarchy, from strategic business and legal counsel to basic administrative support. We structure and manage consortia to conform with the realities of the industrial, agricultural, and specialty chemical business communities, and offer a variety of state-of-the-art platforms to ensure consortia participants have a business organizational model that allows seamless access to and communication with the consortia and its business affairs.

BCCM’s goal for our consortia clients is to ensure that each consortium’s interests are protected and immunized from antitrust concerns, and each one’s voice is heard on a wide-range of regulatory, scientific, legal, policy, and related issues.

What We Do:

Administrative and Management Services: BCCM’s significant experience allows us to tailor our services to meet each consortium’s chemical-specific needs. We emphasize that the services listed below are not comprehensive -- we are flexible and can provide additional support services, or adapt our support services, as may be required.

  • Legal –
    • Prepare a consortium charter, by-laws, record retention policy, and an antitrust policy
    • Provide scientific, regulatory, legal, and antitrust counsel
  • Operational –
    • Create a business and/or strategic plan
    • Prepare requests for proposals and negotiate contracts with laboratories
    • Develop product defense strategies, including:  draft press releases and related documents, formulate responses to media and other inquiries, and prepare question and answer documents
  • Administrative –
    • Coordinate and schedule conference calls and meetings
    • Organize and administer web conferences
    • Coordinate and arrange annual or other meetings
    • Prepare and distribute minutes for conference calls, web conferences, and meetings (usually within 24-48 hours)
    • Conduct all recordkeeping duties
    • Develop and maintain an e-mail list serve for internal communications

Communication Services: BCCM understands the necessity of timely and accurate communications among consortium members. To ensure all consortium members are aware of news and developments affecting their chemicals and have timely access to key documents, we offer a range of support services tailored to facilitate internal and external consortium communication needs.

  • Informational –
    • Track significant regulatory, scientific, and legal issues relevant to the consortium’s needs and long-term goals
    • Prepare periodic updates (e.g., monthly, quarterly)
    • Catalog and summarize chemical lists on which a chemical is included (including federal, state, and international lists)
    • Alert consortium members promptly of relevant industry/government developments
  • Marketing –
    • Lead membership recruitment and promotional activities
    • Develop professional brochures, advertising, promotional, and other informational materials (i.e., position statements, best practice guides)
  • Technical –
    • Design and maintain public and private websites
  • External Relations –
    • Build and maintain positive relationships with federal agencies (e.g., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)), other user groups, Congress, and related entities
    • Prepare for meetings with EPA and/or Congressional delegations
    • Prepare for EPA site visits
  • Additional Services –
    • Serve as a clearinghouse for the amalgamation of what would otherwise be competitively sensitive information
    • Coordinate and monitor testing activities

Financial Services: BCCM appreciates the importance to member companies of controlling costs, developing accurate budgets, and tracking costs and budget items carefully on a real time basis. By assessing management costs to each member company on a flat fee basis (exclusive of disbursements), BCCM provides member companies with a high degree of business certainty, transparency, and hands-on engagement in the generation of the consortium budget in which they participate.

  • Prepare periodic financial statements (all financial information is prepared by a certified public accountant)
  • Invoice member companies for annual fees, disbursements, special assessments, and other expenses
  • Maintain consortium funds in a separate bank account
  • Collect and distribute fees
  • Conduct annual audits

Representative Engagements:

  • Carbon Disulfide Coalition: A coalition of producers and users of carbon disulfide that are committed to fostering the safe handling and use of carbon disulfide. The Coalition interacts with domestic and/or foreign regulatory agencies and authoritative bodies regarding health, safety, and environmental issues concerning carbon disulfide.
  • Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Association, Inc. (EOSA): A non-profit organization whose members include medical device manufacturers, sterilization consultants, laboratories, contract sterilizers, and equipment manufacturers with a common interest in promoting the use of ethylene oxide. EOSA works to educate industry, regulators, and the public on the uses and benefits of ethylene oxide. EOSA also works to improve safety standards, foster industry communications, and provide a forum for many subjects related to ethylene oxide sterilization.
  • Ethyleneamines Product Stewardship Discussion Group (EPSDG): A group comprised of producers of numerous ethyleneamines products formed to discuss and review product stewardship matters related to these products, in the hope of assisting in the safe use and handling of these chemicals by all who come into contact with them.
  • Hydrogen Sulfide Coalition: A coalition focused on opportunities to improve the safe use and handling of hydrogen sulfide and to advance advocacy positions. Members monitor and address regulatory, product stewardship, research, and related matters pertinent to hydrogen sulfide uses and manufacturing applications.
  • Industry Consortium for Environmental Measurement of Nanomaterials (ICEMN): A consortium of stakeholders involved with the production, assessment, and use of nanomaterials working collectively and cooperatively to provide information that would address environmental measurement of nanoscale materials and to enhance the state of the science in this regard. ICEMN includes representatives from industry, academia, and government groups.
  • N-Methylpyrrolidone Producers Group, Inc. (NMP Producers Group): A group of domestic manufacturers of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), formed to promote the safe use of NMP and NMP derivatives through research, product stewardship, and outreach efforts within the framework of responsible chemical management.
  • North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Inc. (NAMPA): A not-for-profit trade association committed to protecting health through the safety of metal packaging and metal packaged foods. Its members represent various areas of the value chain, including can manufacturers, coating companies, raw material suppliers, and end users.
  • North American Metals Council (NAMC): A not-for-profit group of metals-producing and metals-using associations and companies that focus on a broad range of science and policy issues that affect metals in a generic way.
  • Tetrahydrofuran Task Force: A task force representing U.S. manufacturers and users of tetrahydrofuran (THF). Its mission is to address scientific, regulatory, and product stewardship issues concerning the health, safety, or environmental aspects of THF or products using THF.
  • Titanium Dioxide Stewardship Council: A council composed of U.S.-based manufacturers of titanium dioxide. It was formed to promote the safe use of titanium dioxide through research, product stewardship, advocacy, and outreach efforts within the framework of responsible chemical management. The organization sponsors research to advance scientific understanding of health and environmental safety of products; communicates findings of research and regulatory issues to industry, academia, government, and media; and advocates for science-based public policy.
  • Titanium Dioxide Stewardship Council Nanoscale Work Group: A group that promotes the safe and responsible development, use, and management of applied nanotechnology in the context of titanium dioxide processes and products. The Work Group advocates for science-based public policy with reference to state-of-the-art research. 

 

 

 
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