Responsible Care® is a global initiative that is practiced currently in 53 national associations, which share a common commitment to advancing the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes. Responsible Care is voluntary, except for American Chemistry Council members for which it is mandatory. The initiative aims for continuous improvement in all aspects of health, safety, environmental and security performance.
- To seek and incorporate public input regarding our products and operations.
To provide chemicals that can be manufactured, transported, used and disposed of safely.
- To make health, safety, the environment and resource conservation critical considerations for all new and existing products and processes.
- To provide information on health or environmental risks and pursue protective measures for employees, the public and other key stakeholders.
- To work with customers, carriers, suppliers, distributors and contractors to foster the safe use, transport and disposal of chemicals.
- To operate our facilities in a manner that protects the environment and the health and safety of our employees and the public.
- To support education and research on the health, safety and environmental effects of our products and processes.
- To work with others to resolve problems associated with past handling and disposal practices.
- To lead in the development of responsible laws, regulations and standards that safeguard the community, workplace and environment.
- To practice Responsible Care by encouraging and assisting others to adhere to these principles and practices.
These guiding principles are the cornerstone of commitment to the Responsible Care programme. Chief executives of companies that are members of chemical or chemistry associations pledge that their organizations will demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development and continual improvement. To encourage a self-critical approach, the American Chemistry Council has developed questionnaires that enable a company to assess its performance in various management disciplines. Additionally, it provides a set of indicators against which member organizations measure their performance. The association aggregates and publishes these results each year.