Responsible Care is a chemical industry initiative launched in Canada in 1984, where companies decided to work together to continuously improve the health, safety and environmental performance of products and processes so that they can contribute to the sustainable development of both the local area and society as a whole.
In 2002, the Estonian Chemical Industry Association (ECIA) and its 6 member companies Including ORTO Ltd. , joined the Responsible Care initiative
The goal is for the members of the Estonian Chemical Industry Association to behave in accordance with the unspecified good practices even if the company is not directly obliged to do so. It is the company’s care and responsibility for the effects of its products and activities, even when the product has left the company’s grounds. Because the company cares, it also takes responsibility.
Principles of the Responsible Care program:
- We consider taking care of human health and safety, protecting the environment, limiting emissions and pollution to be an important and integral part of the company’s business process.
- We encourage and instruct the company’s staff to act responsibly in the field of environmental protection and occupational safety.
- We are constantly working towards using the raw materials and energy sustainably and reducing emissions and waste.
- We are aware of and reduce the environmental and occupational safety risks of our operations.
- When implementing a new process or product, we find out their impact on the environment and human health.
- We inform the authorities about the company’s activities and its effects on the environment and human health.
- We inform the local population and other interested parties about our production activities and products and their possible effects on the environment.
- We instruct customers on the safe handling of our products and waste disposal.
- We expect and encourage our partners to follow the same principles.
- In case of technology transfer, we will explain to the host company the handling conditions necessary to protect the environment and human health.