About Responsible Care

Responsible Care® (RC) is the global chemical industry's voluntary initiative to drive continuous improvement in safe chemicals management and achieve excellence in Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S) performance. Responsible Care was first adopted as a new model for the management of chemicals by Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) in 1985 and has since been adopted by chemical associations and their members under the aegis of The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) in over 68 economies. Indian Chemical Council (ICC), an apex industry body representing the chemical industry in India. ICC is a nodal body pursuing the "Responsible Care Programme" in India, a global initiative through the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). Until April 2023, 163 companies are RC Signatories to the program and pursuing the implementation of Responsible Care Codes Management System, out of that 83 enlightened companies are Responsible Care (RC) Logo holder in the country.

Responsible Care, unlike regulatory approaches to environment, health, safety and security improvement, relies on the voluntary adoption of a new culture or ethic, across an entire value chain. It defines, not a state of perfection, but rather the "sate of the art” of responsible chemical management.

Responsible Care is the basis of significant cultural change within the chemical industry which leads to improved performance and new levels of dialogue with the public about issues of mutual concern. Responsible Care Logo tagline is "Our Commitment to Sustainability”. Responsible Care concept is working with communities, sharing information along the supply chain and continuously improving performance and these contributes to sustainability.

For the Member Company Successful implementation of Responsible Care demonstrate an appropriate public policy which protects its licence to operate and its ability to innovate and meet society demands for its products. For the public, Successful implementation of Responsible Care ensures that the chemical company will continue to provide beneficial products to society, continually reduce its negative impacts and while maximizing its positive contribution to human health, the environment, the economy and society.

ICC is extending and strengthening the Responsible Care to member of chemicals and related products producer, user, store and transporter.

Responsible Care Guiding Principles pave the path of Sustainable Development for the chemical industry. Responsible Care is top driven approach which start from CEO/MD of the member company. Interested company CEO/MD need to commit the Responsible Care guiding principle and to move on sustainable development path seven code based responsible care management system need to implement as culture and practiced at operator level. For the effective implementation of Responsible Care and gaining its multiple benefits, top leadership (CEO/MD) in Member Company will be required to put resources in place to implement the initiative.

Over 2 decades it has been observed that practicing of Responsible Care Code Management System reduces Operating Cost, Improved Stakeholder Relationship, LegalCompliance, Improved Risk and Management with Customer Satisfaction and Safety etc.