Environmental and health groups have proposed that global chemical companies be subject to a 0.5 percent fee to fund the creation and improvement of chemical and waste management systems in developing countries. The proposal was created by the nonprofit Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), a global coalition of health and environmental organizations. The global chemistry industry is opposed to the proposal, which would levy fees for basic chemicals like ammonia, chlorine, methanol, and others based on chemical volume manufactured.
Governments and industry currently pay money as part of a program called the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which was created by the United Nations in 2006. However, SAICM is expiring this year and the meeting to expand and extend the program was delayed from October 2020 to July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), which represents the global chemical industry, has indicated that the chemical industry continues to support SAICM and extending the program.