Through our Commitment to safety, health and environmental excellence, we affirm to all our stakeholders, including our employees, customers, shareholders, and the public, that we will work collaboratively to bring sustainable, market-driven and innovative solutions to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, making lives better, safer, and healthier for people everywhere. We will implement those strategies that build successful businesses and achieve the greatest benefit for all our stakeholders with respect and care for the environment without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
We will continuously improve our practices in light of advances in technology and new understandings in safety, health and environmental science. We will make consistent, measurable progress in implementing this Commitment throughout our worldwide operations and support Responsible Care® as a key program to achieve this Commitment.
Highest Standards of Performance, Business Excellence
We will adhere to the highest standards for the safe operation of facilities and the protection of our environment, our employees, our customers and the people of the communities in which we do business. We will manage security as we do safety.
We will strengthen our businesses by making safety, health and environmental issues an integral part of all business activities and by continuously striving to align our businesses with public expectations.
Committed to Zero Injuries, Illnesses, and Incidents
We believe that all injuries and occupational illnesses, as well as safety and environmental incidents, are preventable, and are committed to a goal of zero for all of them. We will promote off-the-job safety for our employees.
We will assess the environmental impact of each facility we propose to construct or acquire and will design, build, operate and maintain all our facilities and transportation equipment so they are safe, secure and acceptable to local communities and protect the environment.
We will be prepared for emergencies and will provide leadership to assist our local communities to improve their emergency preparedness.
Goal of Zero Waste and Emissions
We will drive toward zero waste generation at the source. Materials will be reused and recycled to minimize the need for treatment or disposal and to conserve resources.
Where waste is generated, it will be handled and disposed of safely and responsibly.
We will drive toward zero emissions, giving priority to those that may present the greatest potential risk to health or the environment.
Where past practices have created conditions that require correction, we will responsibly correct them.
Conservation of Natural Resources, Energy, and Biodiversity
We will excel in the efficient use of fossil fuels and feedstocks, land, water, minerals and other natural resources and transition toward the greater use of renewable energy and feedstocks. We will seek to conserve and protect natural resource biodiversity and will manage our land to enhance habitats for wildlife.
We will also work with our customers and suppliers to reduce impacts and improve efficiencies along the value chain.
Continuously Improving Processes, Practices, and Products
We will extract, make, use, handle, package, transport and dispose of our materials safely and in an environmentally responsible manner.
We will continuously analyze and improve our practices, processes and products to reduce their risk and impact throughout the product life cycle. We will develop new products and processes that have increasing margins of safety for both human health and the environment. We will seek opportunities to make our new and existing facilities inherently safer.
We will work with our suppliers, carriers, distributors and customers to achieve similar product stewardship, and we will provide information and assistance to support their efforts to do so.
Open and Public Discussion, Influence on Public Policy
We will promote open discussion with our stakeholders about the materials we make, use and transport and the impacts of our activities on their safety, health and environments.
We will build alliances with governments, policy makers, businesses and advocacy groups to develop sound policies, laws, regulations and practices that improve safety, health and the environment.
Management and Employee Commitment, Accountability
The Board of Directors, including the Chief Executive Officer, will be informed about pertinent safety, health and environmental issues and will ensure that policies are in place and actions taken to achieve this Commitment.
Compliance with this Commitment and applicable laws is the responsibility of every employee and contractor acting on our behalf and a condition of their employment or contract.
Management in each business is responsible to educate, train and motivate employees to understand and comply with this Commitment and applicable laws.
We will deploy our resources, including research, development and capital, to meet this Commitment and will do so in a manner that strengthens our businesses.
We will measure and regularly report to the public our global progress in meeting this Commitment.