What is Responsible Care?
Responsible Care helps the chemical industry globally to operate safely and with care for future generations. Through the sharing of information and a 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.
The initiative is intentionally flexible in order to transcend differences in culture, national legislation, and so on, thereby enabling all chemical associations and their member companies – wherever they are in the world – to adopt Responsible Care and adapt it to suit their situation.
Both the Joint RC/RD Programme and the Fecc European Responsible Care Programme are based on Eight Guiding Principles:
- Legal requirements
- Management of risk
- Policies and documentation
- Provision of information
- Emergency response
- Ongoing improvements
- Community interaction
Benefits for companies committed to Responsible Care
Responsible Care contributes to sustainable development, benefiting not only environmental and social aspects but also delivering numerous business benefits that have led to a considerable commitment and participation from chemical companies throughout Europe.
The implementation of Responsible Care within the company:
- Assists companies to comply with environmental, health and safety legislation.
- Diminishes the risks of environmental, health and safety failures.
- Optimises operational conditions and company performance.
- Improves the image and reputation of your company towards the employees, authorities, customers and general public.
- Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility.
For more information, please contact the Fecc secretariat (+32 2 679 02 64)