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Daniel Roczniak Senior Director, Responsible Care American Chemistry Council June 2010. Responsible CarE ® Codes of Management Practices Overview. Presentation Topics. Background on American Chemistry Council. Responsible Care in the United States. Responsible Care Codes
Senior Director, Responsible Care
American Chemistry Council
June 2010Responsible CarE®Codes of Management PracticesOverview
Primary trade association representing the chemical industry in the United States.
Members represent approximately 85% of chemical production in the US.
ACC includes both SMEs and multinational companies.
“Owner” of Responsible Care® in US.
Providing support to GPCA as it develops regional Responsible Care program.
ACC adopted Responsible Care in 1988.
Obligation of membership.
Extended program to companies in the transportation and storage sectors in 1993.
Strong CEO leadership element.
Focus on consensus-building to ensure broad support of the program.
Currently conducting a review, led by external parties, to identify opportunities to improve the program.
Goals and Targets (RC 3.5)
The Codes of Management Practices are the tools of Responsible Care. By putting the codes in place, better safety and environmental performance and greater public openness will follow.
ACC Report, 1995
Decision was made to follow path established by Canadian industry and develop a set of codes.
Codes identify practices which all companies would implement in their organizations.
Codes are written to give companies flexibility in how to implement.
Companies reported implementation progress annually to ACC.
“Inside” the Facility Codes
“Outside” the Facility Codes
Community Awareness & Emergency Response
The scope of the codes is not totally inside or outside the facility. They all have elements that address issues on both sides of the fence line.
Companies were encouraged to identify a “steward” for each code who had responsibility for code implementation within the organization.
Through code implementation process, stewards would coordinate activities and break down organizational “silos.”
Required management to interact more directly with line workers.
Encouraged cooperation between EHS personnel and business leaders in the organization.
ACC developed a mandatory, annual self-assessment process to track company code implementation.
ACC used aggregate self-assessment results to determine where to direct resources to assist companies.
ACC also reported aggregate results to the public to demonstrate industry progress.
Within the companies, Responsible Care Coordinators tracked progress at each facility.
Expectation that CEOs were monitoring progress in their companies.
Codes eventually were integrated into ACC Responsible Care management system.
Created a strong EHS and Security foundation for members and Partner companies.
Codes were the glue that bonded the membership in the early days of the program. That bond still exists today.
Codes remain tools in the ACC Responsible Care toolbox.
ACC Codes were adopted by many associations in Asia and South America during the 1990s.