150 Years of Progress Toward a Cleaner, Safer Future
More than 150 years ago, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev developed the framework for the modern Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, leaving space for chemicals yet to be discovered. Mendeleev’s approach provided a common ground for chemists and industry to document their accomplishments, while leaving room for advancement. That same year, a group of chemical manufacturers came together to create the predecessor association of the American Chemistry Council.
Over the years, the periodic table was revised to account for new chemical discoveries. Similarly, over the past 150 years, the American Chemistry Council and our members have worked to innovate materials and processes which serve as the backbone for the products and technologies consumers enjoy today. And, as the science behind sustainability, it is the business of chemistry which will help create a healthier, safer and more sustainable world in the future.
Our vision for a safer and more sustainable future is put into action through Responsible Care®the U.S. chemical industry’s world-class environmental, health, safety and sustainability initiative. Through Responsible Care, companies work to continuously improve the safety of employees and facilities and enhance the environmental stewardship of operations.
This year, we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Responsible Care in the United States. We are proud of the foundation this program provides for our industry to increase the contributions of chemistry to the world, while decreasing our environmental footprint.
Responsible Care companies demonstrate industry leadership and commit to continually driving the business of chemistry forward. They pledge to transparently report performance against environmental, health, safety and security metrics, including energy, emissions and water use, worker and facility safety, and more.
In fact, ACC members and Responsible Care Partners have a worker safety rate that is 5X safer than the U.S. manufacturing sector.1 Since 2017, our industry has reduced GHG intensity by 12%, NOx emissions by 39%, and SOx emissions by 18%.2 As part of their participation in Responsible Care, more than 250 companies undergo third-party audits, demonstrating accountability and commitment to progress.
As an industry, we recognize that the world has considerable challenges, and we are committed to working to identify solutions to those problems. The business of chemistry, and the people and products that are a part of it, will enable continued progress towards a sustainable future. Our industry will continue to innovate the materials that help build the modern world, while shaping a future for generations to come.
That’s what we do, and that’s what we plan to do for another 150 years.