Responsible CareĀ® Performance Results

All ACC member companies are required to publicly report, through Responsible Care, specific performance measurements in the following areas: 

  • Environmental metrics, including hazardous air pollutants released, SOx and NOx emissions and net water consumption.
  • Energy metrics, including greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.
  • Safety metrics, including number of process safety incidents, DOT-reportable distribution incidents, OSHA recordable lost workday incidence and fatalities.
  • Accountability metrics, including community outreach and emergency response initiatives.

Some of these metrics are reported on a company-by-company basis, while others are reported as aggregated industry statistics. This public reporting is meant to enhance transparency and accountability and drive performance of ACC member companies.  

The following facts highlight some of the key performance results of Responsible Care companies:

  • Responsible Care is a global initiative that began in Canada in 1984 and is practiced today by 57 national and regional associations more than 60 economies around the world.
  • Responsible Care companies are committed to worker safety. They are nearly six times safer than the average of the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole, and three times as safe as the business of chemistry overall.
  • Responsible Care companies have reduced process safety incidents by 55 percent over the past 19 years.
  • From 1988 to 2012, Responsible Care companies have reduced hazardous releases to the air, land and water by more than 77 percent.

» view all statistics from the Responsible Care fact sheet

ACC members can report the Responsible Care Performance Measures online. For questions regarding access to the site, contact Bradford Johnson at 202-249-6188 / or Bryan Kuppe at 202-249-6199 /