Responsible Care® is the global chemical industry’s unique initiative to improve health, environmental performance, enhance security, and to communicate with stakeholders about products and processes.
TDMA companies, as members of Cefic, actively work to comply with and promote the Responsible Care codes.
Responsible Care commits companies, national chemical industry associations and their partners to:
- Continuously improve the environmental, health, safety and security knowledge and performance of our technologies, processes and products over their life cycles so as to avoid harm to people and the environment.
- Use resources efficiently and minimise waste.
- Report openly on performance, achievements and shortcomings.
- Listen, engage and work with people to understand and address their concerns and expectations.
- Cooperate with governments and organisations in the development and implementation of effective regulations and standards, and to meet or go beyond them.
- Provide help and advice to foster the responsible management of chemicals by all those who manage and use them along the product chain.
Launched in Canada in 1985 to address public concerns about the manufacture, distribution and use of chemicals, Responsible Care® has since spread to nearly 60 economies all around the world. Launched in 2006, the Responsible Care® Global Charter expands and extends the process of continuous improvement beyond chemicals manufacturing to other activities, especially those associated with the safe use and handling of products along the value chain.
In 2010, Cefic and its member federations adopted the European Responsible Care® Security Code. Cefic’s role is to advance Responsible Care® in Europe promoting and ensuring consistency of implementation by national member federations. Each Cefic member federation is responsible for developing and running its own national Responsible Care® programme with its member companies, and for overseeing implementation by those companies. Cefic also focuses on engaging with stakeholders, increasing the involvement of SMEs and extending Responsible Care® throughout the value chain.
At a global level, Responsible Care® is addressed by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), of which Cefic is a member.
TDMA members are committed to the responsible, safe and sustainable use and manufacture of titanium dioxide.
As a brilliantly white pigment, titanium dioxide enables sustainability benefits such as:
- energy efficiency in reflective coatings and "cool roofs“,
- resource efficiency with durable construction materials and
- waste reduction with light weight packaging films.
TDMA supports Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), i.e. the science based, holistic evaluation of a product’s environmental profile from its production over its performance in use through its end of life.
Responding to customer requests for carbon footprint data, TDMA developed a rigorous titanium dioxide product footprint accounting and reporting method and published representative average data for the 2010 and 2012 cradle-to-gate carbon footprint of titanium dioxide manufacture.
In 2014, TDMA expanded this footprinting method to compile a robust and representative cradle-to-gate life cycle inventory (LCI) of titanium dioxide manufacture in 2012. The LCI data set was externally reviewed and is now freely available in the European Life Cycle Data Base ELCD.
TDMA encourages stakeholders to use the TDMA LCI data as a building block in their own cradle-to-grave footprint assessments of titanium dioxide applications. TDMA members welcome value chain partners to explore and enhance the sustainability benefits titanium dioxide can deliver.