Responsible Care is a global, voluntary initiative developed by the chemical industry to continuously improve its commitment in health, safety and environmental performance. Responsible Care programme is based on a set of eight common fundamental principles.

Member companies are committed to:

1 Legal Requirements

Conform with all legal regulations and requirements and should operate in accordance with both government and industry codes of practice and guidance associated with their chemical activities.

2 Management of Risk

Ensure that their activities do not present an unacceptable level of risk to employees, contractors, customers, the public or the environment.

3 Policies and Documentation

Have written documentation which covers their activities and ensure that their health, safety and environmental policies reflect their commitment to A Joint Responsible Distribution/Responsible Care Programme as an integral part of their business strategy.

4 Provision of Information

Provide relevant health safety and environmental information on company products and activities to employees, contractors, customers, statutory bodies and the public

5 Training

Ensure that all employees are aware of their commitment and provide the training necessary to enable them to be involved in the achievement of health, safety and environmental objectives.

6 Emergency Response

Establish and maintain an appropriate emergency response system.

7 Ongoing Improvements

Support and participate in those activities which will improve the quality of their own operations and strengthen health, safety and environmental consciousness and awareness.

8 Community Interaction

Maintain an awareness of and respond to community concerns which relate to their activities.


Download the 8 Guiding Principles .