|Created in Canada in 1985 and adopted by essenscia in 1991, the Responsible Care programme is a voluntary initiative of the chemical industry on a worldwide scale. Through this programme, companies commit themselves to permanently improving their performance in the areas of health, safety and environmental protection. Companies also commit to measuring their impact and communicating to the public with complete transparency about their performance in these areas.|
Commitment to the Responsible Care principles as described Global Charter Responsible Care of 2014 is a condition for membership in the federation. Companies and their partners commit themselves to::
- do everything to improve their companies’ performance in matters of safety, protection of the environment and health in making contributions to society as a whole in the area of sustainable development
- use resources efficiently (energy especially) and minimise waste.
- inform the public of concrete results achieved by the whole sector in areas linked to safety and the protection of health and the environment
- listen and engage with people to understand and address their concerns and expectations
- cooperate with governments and organisations in the development and implementation of effective regulations and standards, and to meet or go beyond them to better protect the population and the environment
- provide help and advice to foster the responsible management of chemicals by all those who manage and use them along the product chain.
Responsible Care and beyond
essenscia is fully committed to sustainable development and considers Responsible Care as an essential part of this commitment. essenscia’s reporting on its Responsible Care performance is fully incorporated in our sustainable development report www.essensciaforsustainability.be
essenscia and its subsidiaries organize a variety of activities to support our members in acting according to the Responsible Care principles and its aim to continuous improve in the different fields.
An overview by topic is given below: