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 an ethic and a commitment that seeks to build confidence and trust in an industry that is essential to improving living standards and the quality of life.
Specific elements vary among the national chemical industry associations, but all have the common theme of making progress toward the vision of no accidents, injuries or harm to the environment - Responsible Care® is good chemistry at work.
Responsible Care was adopted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in 1988 and today, is practiced by 55 national and regional associations of chemical manufacturers in 60 economies around the world. Through membership in the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), each member chemical industry association commits to Responsible Care.
FMC is a member of ACC and implementation of Responsible Care is a requirement of membership in ACC. FMC’s EHS Policy, among other elements, adopts the Responsible Care Principles as we do business globally, and is the foundation upon which we have built our sustainability programs. FMC has also signed the Responsible Care Global Charter.
Responsible Care core principles are:
- Continuously improve the environmental, health and safety knowledge and performance of technologies, processes and products over their life cycles so as to avoid harm to people and the environment
- Use resources efficiently and minimize waste
- Report openly on performance, achievements and shortcomings
- Listen, engage and work with people to understand and address their concerns and expectations
- Cooperate with governments and organizations in development and implementation of effective regulations and standards, and to meet or go beyond them
- Provide help and advice to foster the responsible management of chemicals by all who manage and use them along the product supply chain.
In the United States, a key element of the ACC Responsible Care program is implementation of a management system – a rigorous plan-do-check-act program - for health, safety and environmental programs called the Responsible Care Management System (RCMS). The ACC requires third-party auditing to certify our implementation of, and compliance with, RCMS.