Responsible Care is a voluntary, public and active initiative for Chemical Companies whose objective is to achieve that affiliated businesses, while carrying out their activities, achieve continuous improvements in the areas of Safety, Health and the Environment according to Sustainable Development Principles.
Responsible Care is a global programme undertaken in 52 countries worldwide, which is governed by:
- In SPAIN: the Spanish Chemical Industry Business Federation (Federación Empresarial de la Industria Química Española- FEIQUE).
- In GERMANY: the German Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI, the German chemical industry association).
- To encourage and achieve Continuous Improvement in companies regarding Safety, Health and the Environment.
- To establish qualitative and quantitative improvement milestones to demonstrate progress achieved.
- To convey the suitable individual and collective behaviour of the sector to society.
- To improve credibility of the industry and gain society's confidence through the presentation of results achieved.
- To provide companies with a management tool so as to continually improve Health, Safety and the Environment while carrying out their activities.
Since its implementation in Spain, in 1993, more than 60 per cent of companies in the Spanish chemical sector are already members of the compromise and progress programme.
In Germany, since the implementation in 1991, more than 70 per cent of all employees in the German chemicals industries are covered by the Responsible Care program of their companies.
In both countries, companies involved have undergone great changes in the Management of Health, Safety and Environment Protection.
These steps forward are more than qualitative and quantitative. Every two years, the FEIQUE, and every year VCI, publishes the results obtained for companies that follow the programme, where they publish a report of activities carried out.