Sustainable development work has been conducted in Finland already for 27 years. Accidents have been reduced by 90 %, energy consumption by 20 %, water consumption by 59 % and greenhouse gas emissions by 34 %. In the Responsible Care programme, corporate responsibility is based on strong interaction and clear goals.
Central themes of the Responsible Care programme include
- Sustainable use of natural resources
- Sustainability and safety of production and products
- Well-being of the work community
- Open interaction and co-operation
The development of companies’ corporate responsibility work is supported through co-operation in networks and development projects. The results of corporate responsibility work are monitored through indicator data collected annually. In total, more than 60 countries around the world participate in the Responsible Care programme. In Finland, 98 companies have committed to the programme, representing some 80 % of all production in the chemical industry and some 60 % of its employees.
The Chemical Industry Federation of Finland coordinates the implementation of the programme in Finland. Members participating in the monitoring and development of the programme include The Industrial Union, Trade Union Pro and the Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff (YTN).