Through voluntary industry initiatives like Responsible Care® and the Global Product Strategy, ICCA is committed to help improve the sustainability and safe management of chemicals throughout their lifecycle.

ICCA and the Road to 2020

At the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) joined with other stakeholders and governments to establish the goal that, by the year 2020, chemicals should be “used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment.” Guiding this journey is the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a policy framework that calls on the most advanced countries to step up and share their knowledge and expertise with developing economies to help promote chemical safety around the world. ICCA is a strong supporter of the SAICM multi-stakeholder approach to create a world where chemicals can be produced and used sustainably.


We believe sound chemicals management is achieved through a combination of science and risk-based regulation and voluntary industry initiatives. To that end, in Dubai in 2006, ICCA introduced two voluntary initiatives – the Responsible Care® Global Charter and the Global Product Strategy – as our primary contributions to achieve the objectives of SAICM. Each of these programs aligns closely with SAICM’s Overarching Policy Strategy and reflects ICCA’s commitment to elevate the global standard of product safety and harmonize the safe management of chemicals.


The Responsible Care Global Charter

The Responsible Care Global Charter is a pledge that CEOs of leading chemical companies have signed to create and foster a common global vision to improve the environmental, health and safety performance of chemical producers in the more than 60 nations that currently implement the initiative. In 2014, we updated and strengthened the Responsible Care Global Charter to address ongoing stakeholder expectations and evolving challenges, and to enable industry to speak with a common voice about its global commitments. As of January 1, 2016, more than 90 percent of the world’s top 100 petrochemical and chemical manufacturers have signed on to the revised Global Charter.

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The Global Product Strategy

Through our Global Product Strategy (GPS), ICCA members are on a journey to improve the safe management of chemicals around the world. We actively engage in activities where we believe SAICM can make the most progress toward its vision for sound chemicals management. For example, in countries that currently lack the capacity for sound chemicals management, ICCA is working to put that capacity into place. We provide governments with step-by-step guidance for implementing risk assessment and product stewardship best practices into a risk-based, national chemical safety program. And we work together to improve transparency and access to important chemical safety information so that all stakeholders can be confident in our progress.

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