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Title: The Responsible Care

The Responsible Care Global Charter and the
Global Product Strategy
Marcelo Kós ABIQUIM Rita Carvalho (representing
Greg Bond) The Dow Chemical Company ICCA
representatives 1st South American Workshop on
Chemical Safety and Responsible Care Bogota,
Colombia, October 2008
International Council of Chemical Associations
  • ICCA is the world-wide voice of the chemical
    industry, representing chemical manufacturers and
    producers all over the world
  • It accounts for more than 75 percent of chemical
    manufacturing operations with a production
    exceeding 1.6 trillion annually.
  • ICCA is the main channel of communication between
    the industry and various international
    organizations that are concerned with health,
    environment and trade-related issues as per ex.
  • the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP),
  • the World Trade Organization (WTO) and
  • the Organization for Economic Cooperation
    Development (OECD).
  • ICCA promotes and coordinates Responsible Care
    and other voluntary chemical industry

International Council of Chemical Associations
  • October 2007 ICCA Board approved new working
    level restructuring forming a member driven,
    global organization.
  • Focus on three priorities
  • Responsible Care
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Chemical Policy and Health (CPH)
  • Identified CEO sponsors, Chairs / Vice-chairs
  • Chemical Policy and Health Team Juergen
    Hambrecht, BASF, CEO Sponsor
  • Greg Bond, Co-Chair (Dow)
  • Martin Kayser, Co-Chair (BASF)

CPH Leadership Group List of members
Member Company Member Company
Bond, Gregory Dow, Co-Chair Quick, Ed Celanese
Kayser, Martin BASF, Co-Chair Kaneko, Hideo Sumitomo
Phillips, John Dow (Support) Matsuda, Kiyoshi Mitsubishi Chemicals
Bausen, Melanie BASF (Support) Yasuyuki, Harada Mitsubishi Chemicals
Bailes, Bob Exxon Mobil Simon, Serge Total
Mostowy, Janet Bayer Prooi, John DSM
Genz, Joachim Bayer Stanley, Diane DuPont
Sykes, Paul Shell Simon, Glenn Rhodia
Snyder, Phil Shell Lisa Harrison ACC Communications
Grumbles, Thomas Sasol Lewis, Phil Rohm and Haas
Punzar, Richard Ciba Inc. Ogura, Masatoshi JCIA
Fedtke, Norbert Henkel Perenius, Lena CEFIC
Jostmann, Thomas Evonik Irace, Mary ACC
Pettersson, Inge Perstorp Marcelo Kós, ABIQUIM
Al Hazmi, Ahmed Sabic Daniel Verbist CEFIC Communications
International Council of Chemical Associations
  • Priorities
  • Responsible Care
  • ICCA wants to recruit 100 of the Chemical
    Industries Associations worldwide representing
    Responsible Care
  • The Responsible Care Global Charter RCGC
  • Chemical Policy and Health (CPH)
  • The Global Product Strategy GPS
  • The RCGS and the GPS ate the main ICCA
    initiatives to
  • support chemical safety globally.

Responsible Care Overview
  • Launched in Canada in 1985
  • Expanded to more than 53 associations today
    across 5 continents that have adopted Responsible
  • Praised by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a
    leading voluntary program also recognized at the
    2006 UN International Conference on Chemicals
  • Awarded by UNEP and the ICC at the 2002 UN World
    Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in
    recognition of its global contribution to
    sustainable development
  • Signature ethic of the global chemistry industry
    and key component of corporate responsibility

Responsible Care Around the GlobeSix new
countries in past four years
Start-up phase
Responsible Care Mission
  • Defines industry commitment to
  • Improve safety, health, product stewardship and
    environmental performance of products and
  • Listen and engage with stakeholders
  • Contribute to sustainable development and
    corporate responsibility programs
  • Provides companies with a management platform to
  • Realize internal value
  • Enhance dialogue with stakeholders and
    international organizations

Responsible Care Value Chain
Management Systems Approaches
Verification Processes
Business Value
Transparency Public Reporting of Performance
Performance Goals and Targets
Responsible Care Value
  • Companies
  • Save time and money
  • Improve performances and processes
  • Reduce risks and liabilities
  • Enhance reputation and license to operate
  • Improve worker, customer and environmental
  • Associations
  • Increase their leverage in policy debates
  • Enhance their reputation and that of the industry
    which they represent
  • Create mechanism to deliver value for members

Responsible Care Value - Examples
  • Government Recognition
  • Eased permit negotiations worldwide
  • Agreements with regulatory agencies Canada,
    United Kingdom, U.S., emerging economies
  • Financial Recognition
  • FTSE4Good Index - London Stock Exchange
  • International community and customer recognition
  • Responsible Care as a prerequisite for business
  • Recognition by the United Nations
  • Resolutions from customer groups
  • Business Recognition
  • Reduced costs through systems improvements
  • Reduced insurance premiums

Responsible Care Global Charter
Responsible Care Global Charter
  • Launched publicly at the ICCM-1 along with the
    Global Product Strategy (GPS), Dubai, February
  • Raised both the initiatives visibility and
    stakeholder expectations for improved performance
  • Strategic Approach of International Chemical
    Manufacturing (SAICM) regional meeting feedback
  • stakeholders watching Responsible Care
    implementation around the world

Why a Global Charter?
  • Harmonize
  • Activate
  • Expand
  • Govern and protect
  • Sustain

Responsible Care Global Charter
  • Sets a global vision of improved performance,
    enhanced public confidence, transparency, and
    strengthened engagement with stakeholders
  • Seeks global consistency of key program elements
    across implementing companies and associations
    for more effective communication
  • Strengthens product stewardship management,
    through consistent guidelines, and builds
    commitments from downstream users with Global
    Product Strategy
  • Provides a critical performance foundation and
    management system to strengthen Responsible Care

Governance of Responsible Care Global Charter
  • Signatory Process
  • Create global top-level commitment and
    accountability within companies
  • Raise Charters visibility within associations
    and companies
  • Facilitate the Charter implementation process

CEO Support for Responsible Care Global Charter
  • 135 CEOs have signed
  • 64 of top 115 global chemical companies (2008
    goal is 85)
  • Represents 69 improvement in total number since
    the launch at ICCM-1 in Dubai

Responsible Care Global Charter Challenges on
  • Company performance will improve at rate that
    associations adopt improvements to their
    Responsible Care initiatives
  • For example, 63 of RCLG associations continue to
    use self-assessment as opposed to verification of
    performance as called for in the Charter.
  • Responsible Care is a condition of membership at
    less than 40 of the 53 RCLG associations
  • Global CEO Signatories to the Charter must be
    communicated throughout the organization
  • This is the activation component of the signatory
  • Responsible Care programs must be achievable by
    companies of all sizes

Responsible Care Sources
  • ICCA Responsible Care website
  • http//
  • UN International Conference on Chemicals
    Management the ICCA web site, at
  • http//
  • and the UN Environment Program web site at
  • ICCA general website
  • http//

International Council of Chemical Associations
  • Priorities
  • Responsible Care
  • ICCA wants to recruit 100 of the Chemical
    Industries Associations worldwide representing
    Responsible Care
  • The Responsible Care Global Charter RCGC
  • Chemical Policy and Health (CPH)
  • The Global Product Strategy GPS
  • The RCGS and the GPS ate the main ICCA
    initiatives to
  • support chemical safety globally.

Global Product Strategy (GPS) elements
  1. Develop and implement Global Product Stewardship
    Guidelines so industry associations can write
    their own product stewardship codes of practice.
  2. Integrate Product Stewardship into EHS
    Management Systems.
  3. Risk-based characterization / management for all
    chemicals in commerce
  4. Programs to improve stewardship performance down
    the value chain.
  5. Risk characterization and relevant product
    stewardship information available for companies
    and to the public.
  6. Continued participation in scientific research
  7. Enhance communication within the Chemical
    Industry and with external audiences.
  8. Partnerships with intergovernmental organizations
    to build local capacity of governments and small
    and medium size chemical companies in developing
  9. Advocacy to promote global consistency of
    regulatory systems.

Global Product Strategy (GPS)
  • GPS was launched at the Dubai conference in Feb.
    2006 to increase public confidence
  • GPS as an essential element of Product
    Stewardship performance is critical to the
    reputation of the chemical industry
  • All major chemical companies accepted the
    obligation to put GPS into practice
  • ICCA committed GPS as contribution tothe UN
    SAICM process
  • First positive feedback by UN
  • External review process through

    ICCM-Conference May 2009
  • .... but not enough progress achieved so far

Chemical Policy Health CPH Team Charges by
CEO Increase in company commitment
  • New CPH Team composed of high level company
    (VPs of EHS/Product Safety) and association
    representatives with the authority to dedicate /
    direct resources ( Jan 2008)
  • 4 Task Forces led by CPH Leadership Group
  • Project management approach
  • Clear charters with objectives, scope,
    milestones, key performance indicators, and
    sunset / re-charter clauses
  • Rigorous performance monitoring of Product
    Stewardship through an auditing system

Chemical Policy Health CPH Team Task Forces

CPH Leadership Group
ICCM2 Planning Team
Task Forces
Performance Monitoring / Reporting
Capacity Building
Information Gathering / Sharing
Chemical Policy Health CPH Team Objectives
Improve industry performance
  • Information Gathering/Sharing
  • Develop an inventory of chemicals in commerce
  • Define an exposure-driven base set of
    information for chemicals in commerce
  • Define risk assessment/risk management processes
  • Develop a process for sharing relevant
  • Capacity Building, beginning with our own
    industry (SMEs)
  • 3. Advocacy of results with International
    Government Organizations (IGOs), governments and
  • 4. Performance Monitoring and Reporting (e.g.
    metrics, milestones, auditing process, etc.) gt
    dead Line 2009

Global Product Strategy Implementation
Challenges in Latin America (LA)
Need Chemical Industries Support
  • In your individual companies
  • Aggressively implement product stewardship in
    your LA business operations.
  • Conduct product safety assessments and make them
    publicly accessible.
  • Define safe conditions of use for your products
    and work with the supply chain to ensure those
    conditions are met.
  • Work with the Local government to promote
    chemical safety.
  • Publish product stewardship stories on your web
    site to demonstrate that you have integrated
    product stewardship into your business decision
  • As Member of Chemical Industries Associations
  • Report progress of Product Strategy
    implementation to Local RC_at_ in advance of ICCM-2
    to be held in May of 2009.
  • Sponsor workshops for local chemical producers
    and chemical users to promote product stewardship
    and sound chemicals management.

  • Muchas Gracias por su atencion!!!!
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