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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.

The 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 operating system. 

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.

Fast Facts:

  • 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.
  • The U.S. chemical industry invested more than $13.3 billion in EHS&S programs in 2015.
  • 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 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 more than 74 percent.

    » view all statistics from the Responsible Care fact sheet


    News & Resources

    View our resource center to find press releases, testimonies, infographics and more.


    Jobs and Economic Impact

    More than 800,000 Americans rely on jobs in the chemistry industry—earning 47 percent more than the average manufacturing wage.