A History of Excellence

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Responsible Care is the chemical manufacturing industry’s environmental, health, safety and security performance initiative. For the past 30 years, Responsible Care has helped American Chemistry Council (ACC) member companies significantly enhance their performance and improve the health and safety of their employees, the communities in which the operate and the environment as a whole.

A Commitment to Health, Safety and Security

Responsible Care is a global initiative that began in Canada in 1984, was enacted by the U.S. chemical industry in 1988, and today is practiced in 68 economies around the world. 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 operating system.

Companies also are committed to open and transparent reporting and undergo mandatory headquarters and facility audits to certify their performance. This information is made publicly available on this website .

Responsible Care® Fast Facts:

Responsible Care companies are working to make the industry even safer for our employees and communities. A summary of 2016 performance reporting shows that Responsible Care companies:

  • Are committed to worker and plant safety. Responsible Care companies have an employee safety record 5 times better than the U.S. manufacturing sector, and almost 3 times better than the business of chemistry overall.

  • Voluntarily track process safety incidents and have reduced their occurrence by 60 percent since 1995.

  • Reduced their recordable injury and illness incidence rates by 81 percent since 1990, making significant progress toward the overall industry goal of no accidents, injuries or harm to human health.

  • Averaged less than one OSHA-recordable injury or illness per 100 employees from 2009 to 2016. This recordable injury rate is better the retail, agriculture, food store and general merchandising business sectors.

  • Reduced hazardous releases to the air, land and water by 75 percent from 1988 to 2015.

  • Invested almost $17 billion to further enhance security at facilities since September 11, 2001.

  • Improved their energy efficiency by 19 percent since 1992.

» View all statistics from the Responsible Care fact sheet


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ACC Recognizes Companies of the Year for Excellent Environment, Heath & Safety Performance

Ethyl Corporation, FMC Corporation and BASF Corporation were recognized for their outstanding performance and leadership in environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) performance.

Product Safety Code

The Responsible Care® Product Safety Code was  developed by ACC and its member companies based on industry best practices to drive continuous improvement in chemical product safety.

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Jobs and Economic Impact

The business of chemistry provides 811,000 skilled, good-paying American jobs—earning 44 percent more than the average manufacturing pay.