This approach is aimed at continuously improving risk management regarding health, safety and the environment with respect to:

  • personnel working in the chemical sector,
  • various economic partners: suppliers, service providers and end-user customers,
  • and finally with respect to the neighbourhood of the operating sites, and more generally the community as a whole.


The approach was first initiated in the Canadian chemical industry in 1985 and since then spread out, under the general name of the “Responsible Care” program – first to the chemical industry in 50 or so countries and then, to inter-enterprise Chemical Commerce activities.

Then, following on from the Canadian and American associations, the 16 national associations affiliated to the European Association of Chemical Trade Distributors (FECC) were in turn committed in 1996 to a common generic program in the field.

Since then, thanks to a partnership signed in October 1999 between UFCC and the French Chemical Industries Association (UIC) for cooperation in France regarding this plan, UFCC adopted its guidelines and the name of “Engagement de Progrès” chosen in 1990 by UIC to refer to this program, accompanied by an identification logo harmonized internationally :

Since march 2007, following a renewal of this 1999 partnership agreement the program was renamed “Responsible care” as before.


This voluntary program includes the spirit and methods of the ISO standards.
Its field of application extends to risk management in terms of safety and the protection of health and the environment.
To accomplish this, it sets down the guidelines and procedures more specifically adjusted to the characteristics of the products being processed, and the nature of the activities performed in the chemical sector..
Its guidelines are grouped together as an engagement charter , to which UFCC urges all the member companies to subscribe. That they can be summarized as follows :

  1. Conformity of company policy with commitment made,
  2. Implication of management and personnel at every level,
  3. Assessment and selection of subcontractors and contractors,
  4. Compliance with regulations and constant endeavour to improve performance in terms of health, safety and the environment,
  5. Information to personnel and establishing of appropriate procedures,
  6. Information to customers, public and authorities,
  7. Optimization of resources and minimization of waste,
  8. Contribution to research,
  9. Promotion of these principles and experience sharing.