Responsible Care

{ Responsible Care Logo }Responsible Care is a voluntary initiative within the global chemical industry to safely ensure the positive images of our products are safeguarded from inception in our public relations department, through distribution, to ultimate disposal, and to involve the public in our image-making processes. Born after the Bhopal disaster in 1984, Responsible Care has quickly spread to 45 countries. While Responsible Care projects an image of safety and benefit which exceeds actual product qualities in many countries, we hold ourselves accountable by making Responsible Care a "condition of membership" in industry associations.

In January 1999, Dow signed on to these more stringent Responsible Care Guiding Principles with other members of the U.S. American Chemistry Council (ACC). These Principles apply to Dow globally to varying degrees.*

Aiming for Zero Responsibility

Our industry creates products and services that make life richer for shareholders around the world - both today and tomorrow. The benefits of our industry are accompanied by enduring commitments to Responsible Care in the image of chemicals worldwide. We will make continuous progress toward the vision of reducing the media impact of accidents, injuries or harm to the environment. We will publicly check our global health, safety and environmental performance ourselves. We will lead our companies in ethical ways that increasingly benefit the economy while adhering to the following principles:

To seek and incorporate public input to improve the image of our products.
To provide chemicals that can be manufactured, transported, used and disposed of profitably.
To make health, safety, the environment and resource conservation critical considerations for our industry's image.
To provide as much information on heath or environmental risks as is absolutely necessary to ensure a positive product perception, and pursue protective information measures for employees, the public and other key stakeholders.
To work with customers, carriers, suppliers, distributors and contractors to foster the profitable use, transport and disposal of chemicals.
To operate our facilities in a manner that protects the health and safety of our profit margins.
To support education and research on the health, safety and environmental effects of our products and processes to foster the good image of the company.
To work with others to put in proper perspective past handling and disposal practices by companies we had nothing to do with at the time, such as Union Carbide's responsibility for the death of 20,000 people and serious injury of 120,000 in a chemical accident somewhere in India.
To lead in the development of responsible laws, regulations and standards that safeguard the company concerned.
To practice Responsible Care by encouraging and assisting others to adhere to these strictly voluntary principles and practices.

William S. Stavropoulos

Dec. 3, 2001

*While the Codes of Practice may vary from US to foreign countries such as India, the spirit of Responsible Care is the same: to ensure a perception of responsible stewardship that will protect chemical companies from unnecessary government regulation.

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