Responsible Care® –– Our Commitment to Sustainability

Canadians are more concerned than ever about the potential effects of chemicals on their health and the environment. They want to know that their safety is assured – whether they’re worried about chemical plants in their neighbourhoods, or chemicals in the products that they use every day.

Responsible Care® is the chemistry industry’s response to those concerns. It’s our commitment to sustainability – the betterment of society, the environment, and the economy.

Through Responsible Care®, CIAC member-companies strive to “do the right thing and be seen to do the right thing.” They innovate for safer and greener products and processes, and work to continuously improve their environmental, health and safety performance.

Responsible Care® covers all aspects of a company's business, over the entire life cycle of its products. It requires companies to engage with plant-site neighbours, communities along transportation corridors, emergency responders, critics, and governments at all levels, to advance laws and regulations supporting sustainability. 

Finally, companies have to be transparent about their activities, and allow independent experts and members of the public to verify that they’re living up to the standards set by Responsible Care®

The Responsible Care® Ethic and Principles for Sustainability

We are committed to do the right thing, and be seen to do the right thing.

We dedicate ourselves, our technology and our business practices to sustainability - the betterment of society, the environment and the economy. The principles of Responsible Care® are key to our business success, and compel us to:

  • work for the improvement of people's lives and the environment, while striving to do no harm;
  • be accountable and responsive to the public, especially our local communities, who have the right to understand the risks and benefits of what we do;
  • take preventative action to protect health and the environment;
  • innovate for safer products and processes that conserve resources and provide enhanced value;
  • engage with our business partners to ensure the stewardship and security of our products, services and raw materials throughout their life-cycles;
  • understand and meet expectations for social responsibility;
  • work with all stakeholders for public policy and standards that enhance sustainability, act to advance legal requirements and meet or exceed their letter and spirit;
  • promote awareness of Responsible Care, and inspire others to commit to these principles