Responsible Care® Signatories
MEMBERSHIP OF CAIA IS OPEN TO CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS, WAREHOUSERS, DISTRIBUTORS, TRADERS, SPILL RESPONDERS, WASTE MANAGERS, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS ACADEMIC INSTITUTES, MEDIA, CONSULTANTS, DRUM RECONDITIONERS AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS.
LOGISTICS SERVICE PROVIDERS ALREADY ACCREDITED BY THE SAFETY AND QUALITY ASSESSMENT FOR SUSTAINABILITY - AFRICA (SQAS-AFRICA) SYSTEM ARE ALSO WELCOME TO JOIN THE ASSOCIATION.
Companies must be members of CAIA in order to become Responsible Care® signatories. The practical implementation of Responsible Care® starts with a public signing ceremony where the Chief Executive Officer of the company signs a Declaration committing the company to the guiding principles of Responsible Care®.
RESPONSIBLE CARE® IS DESIGNED TO HAVE A MEASURABLE IMPACT ON SAFETY, HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AND SECURITY, WITH THE INITIATIVE THEREFORE BINDING MEMBERS TO IMPLEMENT A RIGOROUS SYSTEM THAT INCLUDES:
- 01Signing a voluntary Responsible Care® Declaration at the highest level of the company;
- 02Implementing world-class Codes of Management Practice (CMP) on an incremental basis;
- 03Regular auditing of compliance with Responsible Care® CMP, allowing for continuous progress;
- 04Third-party verification of systems to ensure full transparency and accountability;
- 05Measuring, monitoring and publicly reporting on performance indicators to benchmark the industry against global standards.
Become a Responsible Care® Signatory
Another key objective of Responsible Care® is to improve the public’s understanding of chemistry as well as the public perception of the industry. Chemicals are essential to everyday life, in the formulation of medicines, preparation of food consumed and for the advancement of technology. The chemical industry is sometimes not well understood or well-regarded due to its technical nature and associated hazards. For this reason, Responsible Care® emphasises the importance of transparent and credible communication with the public and other stakeholders.
Responsible Care® is implemented by CAIA in South Africa through a comprehensive programme of guidance documents, advisory fora and reporting requirements. Members are supported at every stage of the process by a knowledgeable, proactive and hands-on secretariat based at the CAIA office and dedicated to advancing Responsible Care® in South Africa.
PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION OF RESPONSIBLE CARE® AT SITE LEVEL TAKES PLACE WITH THE GUIDANCE OF CMP DOCUMENTS, WHICH COVER ALL THE KEY OPERATIONAL AREAS, INCLUDING:
Occupational Health and Safety;
ASSESSMENT OF COMPLIANCE WITH RESPONSIBLE CARE® PROCEDURES AND PROGRESS IN IMPLEMENTATION IS A THOROUGH, ONGOING PROCESS THAT TAKES PLACE AT SEVERAL LEVELS AND INCLUDES:
- Self-assessment questionnaires: These are completed during the first two years of membership as a means of self-evaluation;
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): A set of measurable indicators to be completed and submitted to CAIA annually for inclusion in the Responsible Care® Annual Performance Report;
- 3rd Party Verification: Verification of compliance is conducted every three years by trained Responsible Care® auditors using the Responsible Care® Audit Guidance Documents. Transport operators as allied members undergo the SQAS-AFRICA audits originally developed by the European chemical industry council, Cefic.
- Responsible Care® Award: An annual award recognises and rewards companies for exceptional performance and is based on year-on-year improvements in KPIs, with site visits to shortlisted entrants.