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What is Responsible Care

Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s global initiative to continuously improve its operations in terms of health, safety and environmental standards.

Responsible Care was first conceived in Canada in 1985 to address public concerns about the manufacture, distribution and use of chemicals. In 1989, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) took the lead in promoting and implementing Responsible Care initiatives worldwide through the Responsible Care Leadership Group (RCLG).

In September 2002, the ICCA-RCLG meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, re-affirmed that through Responsible Care, we can make a valuable contribution to Sustainable Development. Today, Responsible Care has been adopted and practiced in 53 countries around the world.

The Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) adopted Responsible Care in 1990, and launched the Responsible Care Awards in 2001. The Awards aim to recognise the efforts of companies who have committed to practice and implement at least 1 out of the 6 Responsible Care Codes of Management Practices. These Codes of Management Practices are:

  • Community Awareness & Emergency Response
  • Distribution
  • Employee Health & Safety
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Process Safety
  • Product Stewardship

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