Responsible Care

January 2005



Global Charter

Responsible Care is the global chemical industry's environmental, health and safety (EHS) initiative to drive continuous improvement in performance. It achieves this objective by meeting and going beyond legislative and regulatory compliance, and by adopting cooperative and voluntary initiatives with government and other stakeholders. Responsible Care is both an ethic and a commitment and

Only the English language version is the official document

Transforming Sustainability Strategy into Action: The Chemical Industry, Edited by B. Beloff, M. Lines, and D. Tanzil

Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Responsible Care

a commitment that seeks to build confidence and trust in an industry that is essential to improving living standards and the quality of life.

The Responsible Care Global Charter arose from an examination of chemical industry practices and performance that has evolved since the mid-1980s and was shaped by considering the recommendations of independent stakeholders from around the world. The Charter goes beyond the original elements of Responsible Care since its inception in 1985. It also focuses on new and important challenges facing the chemical industry and global society, including the growing public dialogue over sustainable development, public health issues related to the use of chemical products, the need for greater industry transparency, and the opportunity to achieve greater harmonization and consistency among the national Responsible Care programmes currently implemented. The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), through Responsible Care, will continue to undertake actions consistent with the environmental principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

The Responsible Care Global Charter contains nine key elements. They are:

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