CIAC Sustainability Programs

Canada’s Chemistry and Plastics Sectors: Devoted to a Healthy Environment and Thriving Economy

Sustainability is the #1 priority of chemistry and plastics industries. We strongly believe that the only way for the Canadian economy to thrive and prosper is to ensure the safety and health of Canadians and our environment.

CIAC has two cornerstone programs that are specifically designed to ensure our members’ operations are transparent, responsible, and always take the environment and the communities in proximity to member facilities into consideration in all aspects of their operations.

Responsible Care®

This globally recognized program was founded in Canada more than three decades ago and continues to be a prime example of how dedicated Canadian chemistry companies are to the sustainable and responsible operation of their facilities, including meaningful engagement with communities. Members must abide by a specific ethic and principles, follow an extensive list of codes, and be independently verified to ensure they are living up to their Responsible Care expectations at all times.

Operation Clean Sweep®

Plastics are a crucial part of the economy that provides a long list of benefits that are essential to ensure the health and safety of Canadians. Plastic materials deliver significant social, environmental and economic benefits, including energy and resource savings, consumer protection and innovations that improve health care, reduce food spoilage and improve quality of life. We all agree, however, that plastics don’t belong in the environment.

Canada’s plastics industry is a supporter and licensee of Operation Clean Sweep (OCS), an international program designed to prevent pellet, flake and powder loss and the potential introduction of pellets to the marine environment where they create both a litter problem and a threat to sea life and wild life.

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