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Responsible Care® is the global chemical industry’s unique initiative to improve health, environmental performance, enhance security, and to communicate with stakeholders about products and processes.Responsible Care commits companies, national chemical industry associations and their partners to:
Launched in Canada in 1985 to address public concerns about the manufacture, distribution and use of chemicals, Responsible Care has since spread to nearly 60 economies all around the world. Launched in 2006, the Responsible Care Global Charter expands and extends the process of continuous improvement beyond chemicals manufacturing to other activities, especially those associated with the safe use and handling of products along the value chain.In 2010, Cefic and its member federations adopted the European Responsible Care Security Code. Cefic’s role is to advance Responsible Care in Europe promoting and ensuring consistency of implementation by national member federations. Each Cefic member federation is responsible for developing and running its own national Responsible Care programme with its member companies, and for overseeing implementation by those companies. Cefic also focuses on engaging with stakeholders, increasing the involvement of SMEs and extending Responsible Care throughout the value chain. At global level, Responsible Care is addressed by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), of which Cefic is a member.
Cefic collects data on the industry’s health, safety and environmental performance. Open reporting enables companies and associations to share best practice and so improve their performance.
Each year since 2005 Cefic has held the European Responsible Care Awards, recognizing outstanding approaches to Responsible Care and Sustainable Development.
This toolkit is designed to support small and medium-sized enterprises implementing Responsible Care. The kit brings together for the first time validated tools on chemicals management, energy efficiency, occupational health, process safety, transport safety, and others areas, making them freely available for everyone.
Find Responsibe Care annual review and other documents explaining what Responsible Care is about.
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Getting responsible chemicals management recognised throughout the entire supply chain of the chemical industry under a “proportionate framework”
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The 2014 Cefic European Facts & Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry.
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The Responsible Care ethic helps chemical companies to operate safely, profitably and with due care.
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