Responsible care programme moves on to certification

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) has taken its first tentative steps towards independent certification of companies participating in its "responsible care" programme. The move is an attempt to head off criticism that the industry's self-regulatory approach lacks public credibility.

Launched in March 1989, responsible care is intended to improve the public's perception of the chemical industry by committing the CIA's member companies to improving their environmental performance (ENDS Reports 170, pp 13-14 and 194, pp 16-18). A handful of firms were reluctant to sign up to the programme, but finally joined in October 1991. Signing up to the guiding principles was made a condition of membership of the CIA on 1 July.

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