Responsible Care/ Responsible Distribution

Responsible Care/ Responsible Distribution is a worldwide initiative of the chemical sector to address public concerns about the manufacture, distribution and use of chemicals.

annual growth of
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chemical distributors within
the ICTA community

Responsible Care/ Responsible Distribution

Responsible Care/ Responsible Distribution is the program through which the chemical supply chain works on major societal challenges, such as pollution, public health and sustainable development. RC/ RD companies commit themselves to continuously improving the environmental, health, safety and security performance of their operations and products. They also commit to reporting openly on their performance and to engaging with society. Responsible Care/ Responsible Distribution is both an ethic and a commitment intended to build trust and confidence in an industry that is essential to improving living standards and the quality of life. The Responsible Care/ Responsible Distribution program was launched in Canada in 1985 and has since developed into a truly global program that is active in 65 countries.


Chemical distribution and RC/RD

The Responsible Care program was initiated by the chemical manufacturing industry, but in 1995 the chemical distribution industry officially joined the program.
The distributor program allows for differences of approach, which has created the opportunity to tailor to local needs. As a result, the chemical distribution industry in North America has developed the Responsible Distribution program, while the elsewhere the Responsible Care program has been maintained.
Through ICTA the different RC/ RD programs are united and operationalized globally. The joint RC/ RD program requires national associations to incorporate the certain elements, while providing flexibility to adjust to local circumstances.

  ICTA RC/ RD program
  Responsible Care and distributor associations
  Independent third party assessment

ICCA Partnership

ICTA and ICCA work together to further improve global chemicals management. By cooperating, chemical manufacturers and chemical distributors improve the safety and security of chemical supply chains for both people and planet. The efforts focus on improving the chemicals management in less-developed countries by providing technical support and sharing knowledge and expertise. ICTA and ICCA cooperate with local governments, international organizations and other industry associations.
ICTA and ICCA work on issues concerning human health, security and the environment through their joint Responsible Care and Responsible Distribution programs. Already in March 2009 ICTA and ICCA signed an agreement to formally cooperate on programs and since then cooperation has continued to grow. In 2018 ICTA and ICCA renewed their mutual commitment by signing a new memorandum of understanding, see here.


Responsible Care is an inspiring model of self-regulation that
other industries should consider following

Kofi Anan, former Secretary General of the UN