A History of Excellence
Since 1988, Responsible Care has helped American Chemistry Council (ACC) member companies significantly enhance their performance, discover new business opportunities and improve employee safety, the health of the communities in which they operate and the
environment as a whole, moving us toward a safer, more sustainable future.
Responsible Care Milestones Timeline highlights significant milestones in Responsible Care since it was enacted in Canada in 1984 and adopted in the United States in 1988.
A Commitment to Health, Safety and Security
Participation in Responsible Care is a condition of membership for
ACC members and Responsible Care
Partner companies, all of which have made CEO-level commitments to uphold the program elements. The Responsible Care
Guiding Principles are at the heart of the Responsible Care commitment—through these principles, members and Partners pledge to improve environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) performance for facilities, processes and products throughout the entire
Companies also are committed to open and transparent reporting and submit annual data on their progress toward meeting performance measure goals. This information is made publicly available on this website.
- Responsible Care is a
global initiative that began in
Canada in 1984 and is practiced today by 58 national and regional associations in more than 60 economies around the world.
- The U.S. chemical industry invests more than $14 billion annually in EHS&S programs.
- Since 1974, the U.S. chemical industry as a whole has improved its energy efficiency by 49 percent.
- Responsible Care companies have invested almost $14 billion to further enhance security at their facilities in the past decade.
- Responsible Care companies are committed to worker safety. They are more than five times safer than the average of the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole, and almost three times as safe as the business of chemistry overall.
- Responsible Care companies have reduced process safety incidents by 53 percent since 1995.
- From 1988 to 2013, Responsible Care companies have reduced hazardous releases to the air, land and water by more than 75 percent.
» view all statistics from the Responsible Care fact sheet