Chemistry Can care for people and planet


Chemical safety is our licence to operate

Chemistry will always be associated with the risk of handling hazardous substances. But we can minimise this risk through highly demanding operational management systems. The chemical industry aims to ensure that people and the environment are not exposed to chemicals at levels that have been shown to be harmful.

In parallel with complying with existing regulations, our sector has introduced practices which in certain cases go beyond the regulatory requirements. For example, Cefic promotes and coordinates the global Responsible Care programme. This commits companies along the supply chain to continuously improve their health and safety performance, and communicate about their products and processes.

As an industry, we also support research to help us understand knowledge gaps, and further improve risk assessment and safe management of chemicals. We do this in the framework of the Cefic LRI (The Long-Range Research Initiative) programme.


Case studies

Feeding the world while preserving the planet

Increasing a crop's yield using less water

With an increasing population, we need to make sure there is enough food for everyone…

ChemistryCan and has been fighting COVID-19

Our industry's response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is one that will not soon be forgotten. It has and continues…

Transforming wastewater into drinking water

Giving an African community easier access to safe drinking water

Although 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water, only 0.4% of this water…

Making business more sustainable

A strategic tool helps Solvay prioritise sales of the products that help solve societal needs

Solvay systematically assesses its products and the markets they serve against their contribution to sustainable…

Completing the phase-out of mercury

Eliminating harmful substances from production processes

The mercury -cell process is one of the three manufacturing processes used by the chlor-alkali…

Achieving sustainability along entire supply chain

19 multinationals collaborate with their suppliers to improve sustainability of the chemical supply chain

Founded in 2011 by the Chief Procurement Officers of BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, LANXESS…