WCC and its member companies are committed to the principles of
responsible stewardship through Responsible CareŽ
Programs. Chlorinated substances are used widely in our everyday
lives. Our goal is to help protect public health and the environment
while maximizing the overall benefits our products provide to society.
Identify and promote technologies that will improve
health, safety and environmental performance within the industry
Support performance standards, "best practice" models
and successful programs that are already underway at facilities
around the world
Foster cooperation between companies, governments and
organizations to reduce the risks posed by persistent, bioaccumulative
and toxic compounds without imposing unnecessary adverse social
or economic consequences
Help communities throughout the world improve public
health and quality of life by sponsoring educational partnerships
and disaster relief efforts
Specific Examples of WCC Stewardship Efforts Include:
Global Stewardship Workshops - As part of its stewardship
efforts, the WCC has created standardized workshops on environmental,
health, and safety issues and best practices that can be applied
anywhere around the globe. With a focus on capacity building, special
emphasis is being given to offering these workshops in developing
countries and countries with economies in transition, in order to
share state-of-the-art practices and resources on a global level.
To date, workshops have been held in China, Brazil, and India with
additional workshops planned for 2003.
Global Safety Program - The WCC Global Safety Program
was established to promote safe practices and to help producers,
distributors, and users of chlorine continuously improve their safety
performance. The Program includes the following elements
- Safety Promotion - Promoting safety throughout the industry
by sharing and seeking best practices, outreach to chlorine handlers/users,
and coordinating safety recommendations among the various WCC
- Identifying "Chlorine Safety Stewards" - To date over
70 Chlorine Safety Stewards have been identified at facilities
around the world - representing at 25% of known companies.
Science Research - In the area of science research,
the WCC focuses primarily on 1.) coordinating existing science and
new research on chlorine and chlorinated compounds, and 2.) coordinating
and harmonizing industry activities to fulfill obligations for chlorine
chemistry products under the High Production Volume Testing Initiative.
- Global Science Forums - The WCC has sponsored two Global
Science Forums for regulators, legislators, scientists, academics,
and industry representatives involved in environmental health,
and safety aspects of chlorine chemistry.
- Chemical Testing - The WCC maintains a database for
tracking the commitment made by companies, countries and consortia,
which are reporting on chlorinated High Production Volume (HPV)
chemicals. The overall goal of the WCC is to ensure a basic set
of hazard information for all chlorine chemicals of importance
to our industry.
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Responsible CareŽ is the global
initiative developed and adopted by chemical industry associations
to improve the health, safety and environmental performance of their
member company operations and products and the level of community
involvement and awareness of the industry. To date, Responsible
CareŽ has been adopted by the chemical industry in 46 countries.