Case | HBS Case Collection | January 1991 (Revised March 1991)

Responsible Care

by George C. Lodge and Jeffrey F. Rayport


Describes a 1989 initiative of the Chemical Manufacturer's Association (CMA) to secure chemical industry support for and implementation of a series of codes of conduct in the field of environmental health and safety. Called "Responsible Care", the program makes implementation of the codes a condition of membership in CMA. The case raises issues of due process, fairness, legitimacy, relations with EPA, and fears of small companies.

Keywords: Business and Government Relations; Fairness; Ethics; Environmental Sustainability; Safety; Chemical Industry;


Lodge, George C., and Jeffrey F. Rayport. "Responsible Care." Harvard Business School Case 391-135, January 1991. (Revised March 1991.)