About Responsible Care®


For more than 30 years, Canada’s chemistry sector has led the journey towards safe, responsible, and sustainable chemical manufacturing through its U.N.-recognized sustainability initiative, Responsible Care. Founded in Canada in 1985, Responsible Care is now practised in 73 countries and by 96 of the 100 largest chemical producers in the world.


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Responsible Care

Ethic and Principles for Success

All CIAC member companies commit to the Responsible Care Ethic and Principles for Sustainability and the Responsible Care Codes, covering all aspects of the company’s business and product lifecycle. This leads to safer and more sustainable products and processes – improving the environmental and safety performance of our members.

Transparent and Accountable

The key to making Responsible Care work is transparency. Every three years, a verification team visits each CIAC member company to ensure the Responsible Care ethic and management systems are in place. Each verification report is publicly available. A National Advisory Panel made up of community leaders, environmental groups, and academics advise CIAC members on how to understand and exceed the public’s expectations through Responsible Care.

Partners in Responsible Care

CIAC members aren’t alone in making Responsible Care a central part of how they do business. As Responsible Care  partners, companies involved in the transportation of chemical products or the provision of key services to the industry are also encouraged to adopt the Responsible Care Ethic and Principles for Sustainability. Our partners act as responsible stewards of chemical products by providing reliable transportation, equipment, environmental, and emergency management services to Canada’s chemistry industry.

CIAC also has a Responsible Care partnership with Responsible Distribution Canada. Through this partnership, RDC’s Responsible Distribution® initiative is recognized as equivalent to Responsible Care for companies engaged in chemical distribution. Responsible Distribution plays a critical role in assisting CIAC member-companies in meeting their Responsible Care product stewardship commitments.

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