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Responsible Care ®

responsible care

Responsible Care® is an initiative of the global chemistry industry to drive continuous performance improvements and support the role of chemistry in creating a safer, more sustainable world.

In 1989, Australia became the third country in the world to adopt this signature program.

Since that time, Responsible Care® has been helping businesses across the Australian chemistry industry to significantly improve their environmental, health, safety and security performance. Product stewardship is core to the program, bringing into focus the communities and environments in which the industry operates.

This reflects the industry’s strong history of responsible leadership.

It also underpins the industry’s strategic importance in our economy and society, and its vital role in creating a safer, more sustainable future for all Australians.

About the program

Globally, Responsible Care® is now practiced in more than 65 countries around the world. It is overseen by the International Council of Chemical Associations, of which we are a member.

Watch the following introductory video to learn more about the Reponsible Care® program:

Chemistry Australia administers the Australian arm of the program.

Responsible Care® helps our signatories to ensure their products are being used and made responsibly throughout the value chain. It also promotes a leadership culture, continuous improvement, a life-cycle oriented approach, and transparent stakeholder engagement.

The principles of Responsible Care® are fundamentally aligned with the Australian industry’s excellent culture and commitment to maintain a strong social licence to operate.  Our Responsible Care® program is only open to Chemistry Australia member companies, and most Corporate Members are expected to commit to the program. The brand is protected by trademark.

The program fits with existing business processes and management systems, and complements other systems and standards such as ISO, Australian Standards and the Global Reporting Initiative.

Members have access to a toolkit of practical resources that guide their implementation of Responsible Care®.

Chemistry Australia offers a number of initiatives under the Responsible Care® umbrella to further support members. These include:

  • Industry performance reporting
  • Product stewardship initiatives
  • Guidance notes for members and their supply chains
  • Codes of Practice for industry-specific activities

We encourage all organisations involved in the business of chemistry to take part in Responsible Care®. For more information please contact phone 03 9611 5400 or email .

Responsible Care® Signatories

The following members of Chemistry Australia are proud signatories to the Responsible Care® program, demonstrating their leadership and commitment to improved health, safety, security and environmental management throughout the life cycle of their products.

  • BASF Australia Limited
  • Bisley & Co Pty Ltd
  • BOC Ltd
  • Brenntag Australia Pty Ltd
  • DGL Townsville Pty Ltd
  • DKSH Performance Materials Australia Pty Limited
  • Dow Australia Ltd
  • FBT-Transwest Pty Ltd
  • Holista Colltech Limited
  • IMCD Australia Ltd
  • Mainfreight & Chemcouriers
  • Plastral Pty Ltd
  • Qenos Pty Ltd
  • Redox Pty Ltd
  • Signet Pty Ltd
  • SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Solvay Interox Pty Ltd
  • Victorian Chemical Company Pty Ltd (Vicchem)
  • Viva Energy Polymers Ltd
  • Wacker Chemicals Australia Pty Ltd

Become a member of Chemistry Australia

  • Membership of Chemistry Australia signals your commitment to the industry and ensures your organisation can play an active role in shaping the future for Australia’s chemistry sector.
    By working together, we can have a stronger voice to prosecute the key challenges facing our industry and advance chemistry as a critical enabler of a safer, more sustainable future for Australia and the broader community.

    Chemistry Australia Chair, David Hawkins

    • Effective and more influential industry advocacy to complement your business’ strategic objectives
    • Opportunities to influence the industry’s position on key policy and regulatory matters
    • Timely industry intelligence, analysis, and services to help inform your business decisions
    • Tailored tools and resources to save your organisation time, effort and money
  • We offer membership packages tailored to best meet the needs of businesses in, and associated with, the Australian chemistry industry:
    Corporate membership for businesses that manufacture chemical products, import, store, handle and/or distribute chemical and plastic products, convert plastics, or are involved in research, technology and education.
    Affiliate membership for organisations that represent a sector of the industry in Australia and internationally.
    Partner membership for organisations that provide services, equipment and professional development to the industry.
    Associate membership for SMEs and organisations in the chemistry industry value chain. 

  • All membership enquiries are welcome.
    Please contact Chemistry Australia on 03 9611 5400 or email .
    We look forward to working with you.