Responsible Care®, managed at a global level by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), is the global chemi¬cal industry’s environmental, health and safety (EHS) initiative to drive continuous improvement in perfor¬mance.
The Responsible Care® Global Charter (RCGC), published in 2006, focuses on new and important challenges fac¬ing the chemical industry and global society, including the growing public dialogue over sustainable develop¬ment, public health issues related to the use of chemical products, the need for greater industry transpar¬ency, and the opportunity to achieve greater harmonisation and consis¬tency among the national Responsible Care programmes currently imple¬mented.
The RCGC consists of nine core elements:
Under RCGC, the industry established a set of six core principles while preserving implementation flexibility to account for the different aspects of national laws and cultures and different business needs within the 52 signatory associations, specifically:
Whilst the RCGC doesn’t explicitly discuss nanomaterials or nanotechnology, significant new elements in RCCG include focus on new challenges facing the chemical industry and society at large – especially posed by the commitment to Sustainable Development, the safe management of chemicals along the value chain and increased transparency and better harmonisation between the national Responsible Care® programmes.