Responsible Care® Performance Measures

The Responsible Care programme monitors and reports the Safety, Health and Environmental performances, for both individual companies and the chemical industry in overall.
All SCIC Responsible Care member companies are committed to fulfil the Ten Guiding Principles and to implement the Codes of Practice that are relevant to their business operations.

In particular, these commitments further translate to the annual submission of the following two sets of documents:

1) Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

The KPIs required are:

Health and Safety at Work

Number of Fatality for Employees

A fatality is a work-related exposure, leading to the death of an employee. In general, from an accident, or illness caused by or related to the workplace hazard. The KPI refers to the number of employee fatalities of the reporting Company. It does not include contractors working for the reporting Company. The period of the reporting is one calendar year.

Number of Lost Time Injury Cases

A lost time injury (LTI) is an injury or illness or any fatality caused by or related to the workplace hazard that an employee is physically or mentally unable to work on a schedule day or shift for more than one day or shift. Contractors working for the reporting Company are not considered.

- Number of Total Employees


Sulphur Oxides (SOx)

Airborne Sulphur Oxides formed mainly during the combustion process during plant boiler operation or in production or treatment process. Sulphur Oxides comprises of SO2 and SO3 and in general, it is expressed as tones of SO2. This KPI is to account SOx emission into the environment.

Sulphur Oxides are invisible gases with pungent odour. At low concentrations, this gas can often be detected through the smell. The major source of Sulphur Oxides is the combustion of Sulphur-containing fuels, found primarily in coal and fuel oil. Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) is a toxic substance that can impair breathing.

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

Airborne emissions of nitrogen and its compounds formed mainly during combustion, production or treatment process. The parameter comprises of NO and NO2 and is expressed as tons of NO2. NOx is a group of highly reactive gases that contain nitrogen and oxygen in different amounts. Many nitrogen oxides are colourless and odourless. Nitrogen oxides are formed when the oxygen and nitrogen in the air react with each other during combustion. This KPI is to account NOx emission into the environment.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

Carbon Dioxide emissions mainly come from the combustion of fuels. The purpose of fuel combustion is to generate electricity and steam for industrial usage. Therefore, in calculating Carbon Dioxide, Reporting Company should include those due to electricity consumed as well as due to steam purchased from external sources.

Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)

Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) is the amount of oxygen required for chemical oxidation of compounds in water, as determined using a strong oxidant (most standard methods use dichromate). In this KPI, COD refers to the amount of oxygen required for chemical oxidation of pollutant in water at the end of the pipe, i.e. after treatment just before discharge into the environment. The higher the COD, the higher will be the water pollution. The parameter expressed as tons of Oxygen. For site that have their wastewater treated at a shared third party unit and cannot obtain individual data, the efficiency factor of the wastewater treatment unit should be taken into consideration when calculating the amount.

Transport Incidents

Distribution Incidents

The KPI requires the number of distribution incident by the reporting Company in a calendar year. The unit of the KPI is therefore expressed as Number of Distribution Incident. Reporting Companies should consider all distribution incidents and near-misses, this KPI considers a distribution incident has occurred if at least one of the following has occurred during the road transportation of chemical products:  - that causes any fatality to the employees, contractors, vendors, third-parties or public,
- that causes any lost time injury to the employees, contractors, vendors, third-parties or public,
- Spill or Leak as a result of the release of chemicals sold/manufactured by the reporting Company during transportation:
- more than 50 kg (litre) of dangerous goods, or
- more than 1000 kg (litre) of non-dangerous goods.
- Property Damage or environmental clean-up due to the release of chemicals sold/manufactured by the reporting Company that causes the estimated amount of damage exceeds US$50,000.
- With the direct involvement of the authorities or emergency services during the occurrence or/and the evacuation of persons or closure of public traffic routes for at least three (3) hours owing to the danger posed by the chemicals sold/manufactured by the reporting Company.

Use of Resources

Energy Consumption

Energy Consumption is the sum of Energy Content of Fuel(s) plus Electricity Consumed by the Reporting Company. The unit for Energy Consumption is expressed as tons of fuel oil equivalent (toe). These metrics reported by individual company to SCIC will be reported as aggregated industry statistics to the ICCA. This public reporting is meant to enhance transparency and accountability and drive performance of Responsible Care member companies.

Process Safety

Process Safety Events

The process safety event reporting will enable broad-based global reporting of process safety performance across the chemical and petrochemical industries.  It will provide a roadmap for regions, associations and companies who are currently not tracking process safety performance to recognize the benefits that tracking and reporting will bring and for those who are already gathering process safety data, to be aligned globally and focused on continuous improvement in process safety performance.

Proposal on PSM reporting

2) Self-Evaluation forms for the Codes of Practice

Responsible Care member companies commit themselves to their obligations through conducting annual self-evaluations of their own management systems internally or by external parties using the six codes of practice for performances verification. The six codes of practice are:

1) Community Awareness and Emergency Response
2) Distribution
3) Employee Health and Safety
4) Pollution Prevention
5) Process Safety
6) Product Stewardship

Companies can download a copy of self-evaluation forms for the codes of practice and FAQ for the Responsible Care Annual Self-evaluation 2015.