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.
Responsible Care requires companies to be open and transparent with their stakeholders – from local communities to environmental groups, from local authorities and government to the media, and of course the general public.
The programme currently adhered to were launched in 2005 when the International Council of Chemical Trade Associations (ICCTA) agreed on the ‘Joint RC/RD Programme’. Fecc actively promotes the implementation of this joint programme. Fecc has also developed its own complementary European RC programme which has been approved by Cefic in 2009.
Both the Joint RC/RD Programme and the Fecc European Responsible Care Programme are based on Eight Guiding Principles:
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.
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