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Responsible Care Global Charter

Responsible Care _200Responsible 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:

  1. Adopt global responsible care core principles;
  2. Implement fundamental features of national responsible care programmes;
  3. Commit to advancing sustainable development;
  4. Continuously improve and report performance;
  5. Enhance the management of chemical products worldwide – product stewardship;
  6. Champion and facilitate the extension of responsible care along the chemical industry’s value chain;
  7. Actively support national and local responsible care governance processes;
  8. Address stakeholder expectations about chemical industry activities and products;
  9. Provide appropriate resources to effectively implement responsible care.

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:

  1. Continuously improve the environmental, health and safety knowledge and performance of our technologies, processes and products over their life cycles so as to avoid harm to people and the environment;
  2. Use resources efficiently and minimise waste;
  3. Report openly on performance, achievements and shortcomings;
  4. Listen, engage and work with people to understand and address their concerns and expectations;
  5. Cooperate with governments and organisations in the development and implementation of effective regulations and standards, and to meet or go beyond them;
  6. Provide help and advice to foster the responsible management of chemicals by all those who manage and use them.

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.