The underlying belief of the ICCSS is the view that global cooperation in chem-bio and environmental safety and security is an essential conditions in the safe and secure research, manufacturing and trade of chemicals. They are increasingly linked with internal and external security, public health protection, economic and trade cooperation, development and humanitarian policies. Therefore the ICCSS focused its attention on developing formats, principles and activities to enhancing worldwide practical cooperation in chemical biological and environmental safety and security.
Since its inception, in 2011 ICCSS pioneered efforts to develop international cooperation among leaders and practitioners in all disciplines of chemical, biological and environmental safety and security and from all stakeholder communities, such as government, international organizations, industry, academia and civil society networks to meet global chem-bio and environmental threats.
The leading commitment of participants of the ICCSS led global networks is supporting local, national and global responses to chem-bio and environmental threats and disasters.
The ICCSs has developed an active presence in the world; initiated and runs ICCSS Global Team, promotes CHEMSS EDU R&D, and maintain a network of global ICCSS Partners.
ICCSS efforts to develop global chemical and environmental safety and security network began in earnest with an international meeting in November 2012 in Tarnow, Poland that was co-organized by the ICCSS and OPCW, and united governments from over 50 countries, many international organizations and experts. These efforts were given momentum with the global Chemical Safety and Security Summit CHEMSS2016. CHEMSS2016 developed and run by the ICCSS from 18 to 20 April 2016 in Kielce, Poland, was the first global multi-stakeholder event which addressed chemical safety and security solutions throughout the chemical supply chain. CHEMSS2016, adopted a 2016 Summit Declaration on the development of international cooperation to enhance chemical safety and security and promote a global chemical security culture, which laid down goals, guidelines and principles of global cooperation against chemical threats. The second global summit on chemical safety and security, CHEMSS2017, held in Shanghai, China, on 19 and 20 September 2017, organized by China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) and ICCSS, involved over 2000 leaders and practitioners in all disciplines of chemical safety and security and from all stakeholder communities, such as government, international organizations, industry, academia and civil society. will be the co-organizers of CHEMSS2017. The CHEMSS2017 Summit and 2017 Shanghai Declaration, confirmed the importance of the developing global network of leaders and practitioners in all disciplines of chem-bio and environmental safety and security.
The basic principle in the ICCSS global network is that the cooperation is science-based, free from political exclusion, and multi-stakeholder. Cooperation within global network
comes from the grass-roots level, from those who are directly engaged in meeting chemical threats. The multi-stakeholder approach is evidence of an emerging whole-government or whole-society approach in meeting chemical, biological and environmental threats.
Through global network ICCSS actively promotes codes of conduct, ethics, the exchange of best practices, and international, national or industry capacity building and other similar sources of voluntary commitments as increasingly effective tools of chemical safety and culture promotion throughout the chemical production and supply chain.
The bottom-to-top approach, namely going from local and national experience to the global regime, is a core practical approach and principle within the global network.
The participants promote a positive image and approach on the part of chemical stakeholders who commit themselves to peaceful uses of chemistry and conduct activities in accordance with all relevant regulations and arrangements.
The participants and supports of the global network do not seek new regulations or standards. They promote, operationalize and internationalize existing national and international best practices, training, practices and technical solutions.
ICCSS Global network responds to lack of relevant expertise and the cost of effective management of chemical safety and security in developing countries. It is countered with capacity building and the exchange of best practices chem-bio and environmental safety and security.
ICCSS has developed and runs a broad set of Activities which are open, free from political exclusion, and offer coherent approaches that involve leaders and practitioners in all disciplines of chem-bio and environmental safety and security and from all stakeholder communities, such as government, international organizations, industry, academia and civil society.