Responsible Care at Brenntag GmbH
The Responsible Care (RC) programme is an initiative conceived for safety and the environment with a focus on trading activities. In Germany the Association of Chemical Trade and Distribution (Verband Chemiehandel - VCH) initiated the Responsible Care programme in 1997. As chemical distributors we demonstrate that safe and environment-friendly product handling is important to us internally as well as externally at the customer. This begins with receiving goods in warehouses, continues with usage and ending with their disposal.
In contrast with the Quality Management is the Responsible Care initiative not a norm but a policy programme which contains seven main elements: averting of danger, communication with our partners and employees, product responsibility, environment, organisation, safety in occupation and transportation. Executives of companies joining the Responsible Care Initiative acknowledge this policy programme by signing the participation form, and they appoint a Responsible Care representative. Then their current status will be assessed in areas with view to occupational safety and the environment (self-assessment).
Out of this self-assessment targets will be set (3-year-plan) to be up-dated annually, checked by an external engineering company. Every three years an employee of this engineering company will check on location whether the targets have been implemented. In addition, a questionnaire (indices of performance) on certain parameters relating to environment, safety and organisation will be filled in once a year, and the VCH will publish the results of all participating companies as an anonymous summation.
For many years Brenntag has reached a high level in the areas of safety in occupation and transportation. With the Responsible Care Initiative we commit ourselves to continuous improvement and justification every year. Since the beginning of our Responsible Care activities many projects have been realised. Others are included in the current 3-year-plan and are in progress. Responsibility for the environment is not only a lip service but the basis for our actions.