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 (GHG) emissions and energy efficiency.
  • Safety metrics, including number of process safety incidents, DOT-reportable distribution incidents, OSHA recordable lost workday incidence and fatalities and product safety prioritization processes. 
  • 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. Public reporting is meant to enhance transparency and accountability, driving the performance of ACC member companies.  

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

  • Responsible Care is a global initiative that began in Canada in 1984 and is practiced today by 60 national and regional associations in more than 65 economies around the world. ACC adopted Responsible Care in 1988, and it is mandatory for all members and Partners. 
  • Responsible Care companies are committed to worker and plant safety. Responsible Care companies have an employee safety record that is five times better than the average of the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole, and three times better than the business of chemistry overall.  
  • Responsible Care companies have reduced process safety incidents by 51 percent since 1995.
  • From 1988 to 2014, Responsible Care companies have reduced hazardous releases to the air, land and water by 74 percent. 
  • Over the last five years, ACC members have reduced water consumption by 9 percent. 
  • Together, Responsible Care companies have reduced their recordable injury and illness incidence rates by 79 percent since 1990, making significant progress toward the overall industry goal of no accidents, injuries or harm to human health. 
  • Since 1995, the number of distribution incidents among member companies has declined by 62 percent. 
  • Since 1992, ACC members have reduced their GHG intensity by more than 29 percent and have improved their energy efficiency by 25 percent. 

View all statistics from the Responsible Care Fact Sheet.

ACC members can report the Responsible Care Performance Measures online. Contact Bradford Johnson with questions on accessing the site at 202-249-6188 or bradford_johnson@americanchemistry.com.

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