The Responsible Care® Ethic & Principles for Sustainability

Through Responsible Care, CIAC member-companies strive to “do the right thing and be seen to do the right thing.” They innovate for safer and greener products and processes, and work to continuously improve their environmental, health and safety performance.

Responsible Care covers all aspects of a company’s business, over the entire life cycle of its products. It requires companies to engage with communities near facilities and along transportation corridors, emergency responders, governments, and other stakeholders to advance laws and regulations supporting sustainability.

Finally, companies must be transparent about their activities and allow independent experts and members of the public to verify that they’re living up to the standards set by Responsible Care.

The ethic principles of Responsible Care

We dedicate ourselves, our technology, and our business practices to sustainability—the betterment of society, the environment, and the economy. The Principles of Responsible Care are key to our business success and compel us to:

  • Continually work for the improvement of people’s lives and the environment, while striving to do no harm;
  • Be accountable and responsive to the public, especially our local communities who have the right to understand the risks and benefits of what we do;
  • Take preventive action to protect health and the environment;
  • Innovate for safer products and processes that conserve resources, minimize waste, and provide enhanced value;
  • Engage with our business partners to ensure stewardship and security of our products, services, and raw materials throughout their life-cycles;
  • Understand and meet expectations for social responsibility;
  • Work with all stakeholders for public policy and standards that enhance sustainability, act to advance legal requirements, and meet or exceed their letter and spirit;
  • Promote awareness of Responsible Care at all levels, demonstrate visible leadership, and inspire others to commit to these principles throughout the chemistry product value chain.

Bob Masterson

President and CEO
February 21, 2019

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