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1 Responsible CarE® Codes of Management Practices Overview
Thank you very much. Daniel Roczniak Senior Director, Responsible Care American Chemistry Council June 2010

2 Presentation Topics Background on American Chemistry Council.
Responsible Care in the United States. Responsible Care Codes Purpose of the Codes Issues addressed in the Codes How to use in your organization Using the Codes as continuous improvement tools.

3 American Chemistry Council Background
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.

4 Responsible Care® in US A Short History
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.

5 ACC Responsible Care® Timeline Path to Continuous Improvement
Goals and Targets (RC 3.5) Responsible Care 2.0 Aggregate Performance Metrics Peer Verification Process (MSV) Partner Program Enhanced Mutual Assistance 2009 Responsible Care 4.0 2003 1993 Responsible Care 3.0 Management Systems Transparent Metrics Reporting Security Code Third-Party Certification Increased Focus on Business Value Responsible Care in the US has changed considerably since We have had two major revisions of the program in 1993 and Over the years we have evolved quite a lot, but that is what is right for the US. Other countries have their own model to follow which suits their requirements. Currently we are engaged in a review of the program that will result in “Version 4.0” sometime in the next 2-3 years. 1988 Responsible Care 1.0 Guiding Principles Codes & Self-Evaluations Public Advisory Panel Mutual Assistance

6 Responsible Care® Codes of Management Practices
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

7 Responsible Care® Codes of Management Practices
Initial deliverable was a set of Guiding Principles which identified the industry’s performance goals and expectations. ACC companies needed a common roadmap with common language to achieve these goals and expectations. Collectively improve performance in agreed-upon key areas.

8 Responsible Care® Codes of Management Practices
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.

9 Responsible Care® Codes of Management Practices
Codes address these areas of activity: Pollution Prevention Process Safety Distribution Employee Health and Safety Community Awareness and Emergency Response Product Stewardship Security

10 Responsible Care® Codes of Management Practices
“Inside” the Facility Codes “Outside” the Facility Codes Pollution Prevention Process Safety Employee Health & Safety Security Community Awareness & Emergency Response Distribution Product Stewardship Security 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.

11 Responsible Care® Codes of Management Practices
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.

12 Responsible Care® Codes of Management Practices
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.

13 Responsible Care® Codes of Management Practices
ACC codes were basis of mutual assistance and sharing activities for more than a decade. Companies met regularly to benchmark against the codes. Codes gave companies a common “language” when discussing EHS issues. Allowed SMEs to interact with multinationals on an even footing. Allowed ACC to identify “Examples of Excellence” for distribution to all members. Created mechanism for “peer pressure” between individual companies and regions. Created opportunities for individuals outside traditional EHS programs to participate in the program. Served as the basis for workshops, seminars, etc.

14 Responsible Care® Codes of Management Practices
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.

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