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In 2002, the Board of the American Chemistry Council approved a set of performance measures to be made available to the public through its Responsible Care® website.

These measures enable Arkema as an individual company and ACC members as a group to target areas of Responsible Care® performance for continuous improvement. They also provide the public with a means to track individual company and industry performance in an accessible, transparent manner.

Arkema Inc. began reporting these new Responsible Care® performance measures to the ACC in early 2004. The current performance metrics below are reported to the ACC annually.

Responsible Care® performance metrics

Environmental metric

  • Pounds of hazardous air pollutants released into the air
  • Pounds of SOx and NOx emissions released into the air
  • Net water consumption in millions of gallons

Greenhouse gas and energy efficiency metrics

  • Greenhouse gas intensity pounds of CO2 equivalent net emissions per pound of production indexed to a base year
  • Energy efficiency in BTUs utilized per pounds of net production indexed to a base year

Safety and distribution metrics

  • Process safety incidents: Total number of incidents
  • OSHA recordable and lost workday incidence rates: employees and contractors
  • Fatalities: employees and contractors
  • DOT recordable incidents: Total number of incidents
  • Is the Responsible Care® partner status a consideration in your company's supply chain business decision?

Product stewardship and waste minimization metrics

  • Ranking high and non-high priority chemicals
  • Providing examples of waste minimization / beneficial reuse / internal and external recycling initiatives

We feel that numbers alone, whether they indicate success or point to areas for improvement, do not tell Arkema's whole story.