What is Responsible Care®?
Responsible Care® has been a cornerstone of our reputation since 1994 when we became one of the first chemical companies to be verified. We continue to be a leader and seek to improve in all areas of safety and environmental performance.
A Commitment to Sustainability
Responsible Care® is the chemical industry’s commitment to sustainability – it is a global voluntary initiative under which companies, through their national associations, work together to continuously improve their health, safety and environmental performance, and to communicate with stakeholders about their products and processes and in the manufacturing and supply of safe and affordable goods that bring real benefits to society.
Responsible Care® covers all aspects of a company’s business, including environmental protection, resource conservation, occupational health and safety, process safety, research and development, transportation, product stewardship, purchasing, security and social responsibility. It requires meeting and working with plant-site neighbors, communities along transportation corridors, emergency responders, critics and advocates, as well as with governments at all levels, to advance laws and regulations in support of sustainability.
How It Works
Responsible Care® helps our industry to operate safely, profitably and with due care for future generations and is guided by a set of ethics and principles and three codes of practice. Its ethics and principles push companies to lead the way for safer and more environmentally friendly products and processes, and to work supportively to recognize and eliminate harm throughout the entire life cycle of their products. Through the sharing of information and a rigorous system of checklists, performance indicators and verification procedures, Responsible Care® enables the industry to demonstrate how its health, safety and environmental performance has improved over the years, and to develop policies for further improvement.
Its Origin and Growing Impact
Responsible Care® was first conceived in Canada by the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA) and launched in 1985 to address public concerns about the manufacture, distribution and use of chemicals. In 1988, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in the United States followed suit with their Responsible Care® Management Verification System and in 1992, the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (ABIQUIM) followed suit. Participation in Responsible Care® is mandatory for ACC member companies, all of which have made CEO-level commitments to uphold these program elements. Members of the ACC, CCPA, and ABIQUIM have significantly improved their environmental, health, safety and security performance through the Responsible Care® initiative.