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:

  • Since 1974, the U.S. chemical industry as a whole has improved its energy efficiency by 54 percent.
  • Responsible Care companies have invested almost $13 billion to further enhance security at their facilities in the past decade.
  • Responsible Care companies are committed to worker safety. They are five times safer than the average of the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole, and nearly three times as safe as the business of chemistry overall. 
  • Responsible Care companies have reduced process safety incidents by 58 percent over the past 18 years.
  • From 1988 to 2011, Responsible Care companies have reduced hazardous releases to the air, land and water by more than 76 percent.

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