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Responsible Care

 

  Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s global initiative under which chemical plants commit to work together to continuously improve their health, safety and environmental performance, and to openly communicate about their activities. The initiative is carried out by national chemical industry associations
in 52 countries worldwide. Companies which are members of those associations account for over 87% of the global chemicals production.

 

In Poland, the initiative has been implemented under the supervision of the Polish Chamber of the Chemical Industry since 1992, under the name “Odpowiedzialność i Troska” (Responsibility and Care). To date it has been joined by 38 companies, including manufacturers, distributors and recyclers. Each year its participants undertake to accomplish particular tasks in order to improve their performance in the area of health, safety and environment. They also prepare the required reports and submit them to the Secretarial Office of the initiative. Based on these reports, the Employers Association at the Polish Chamber of the Chemical Industry publishes an annual Environmental Report. Thanks to this particular component of the initiative, the chemical industry became one of the pioneers of open disclosure policy in the area of environmental protection in Poland.

 

    We signed up for the initiative in August 1997. At the time of signing the Responsible Care Declaration of Membership the Company operated under the name Petrochemia Płock S.A. We voluntarily and knowingly committed ourselves to act towards mitigating the impact on the environment, protecting the heath and improving the safety of our employees and local communities. Because the initiative incorporates all elements of the Environmental Management System and, additionally, some elements of process safety and protection of employees’ health, it became an integral part of that System. Implementation of the Responsible Care initiative became one of the objectives of the Environmental Policy adopted by Petrochemia Płock S.A. in 1998 and revised in 2001 and 2006.

 

In 2007, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of our joining of the initiative. Within a decade we accomplished 92 tasks. In 2007, the President of PKN ORLEN’s Management Board signed the declaration of support for the  Responsible Care Global Charter, developed on the initiative of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). The Charter is a measure aimed at voluntary self-regulation of entities operating in the chemical industry, in order to protect the environment as well as human health and safety worldwide. The Charter also addresses the possibilities of meeting challenges connected with sustainable development and responsible management of chemicals, and calls for greater transparency in the chemical industry. It was highly appreciated by Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, who described the commitments made under it as “inspiring models of self-regulation that other industries should consider following”.

The “Catch the Hare” photo competition for employees of companies implementing the Responsible Care programme enjoys unabated popularity. Below are the winning photos taken by PKN ORLEN employees from the 2014 edition of the competition:

 


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