HOW IT STARTED

Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Association intensifed its efforts on the enviromental issues shortly after becoming a CEFIC member in 1992. At that time, the most exiting aspect of the CEFIC membership was the Responsible Care initiative of the world chemical industry, which had already received due attention in most of the developed countries. We recognized the fact that Responsible Care initiative was more than "just a program" but the chemical industry associations under titles in individual country's language.Prompted by the wealth of this initiative, we decided to move on the initiation of Responsible Care in Turkey.

The first step in our action was to have a seminar on "what Responsible Care was about" and decide the Turkish title for this initiative.A two-day seminar was held at the Klasis Hotel in Istanbul at the and of 1992 wiht the attendance of Mr. Louis Jourdan of CEFIC and the Turkish Standarts Institute representatices.That seminar had received quite a lot of attention in our member companies.The title of this initiative had become "ÜÇLÜ SORUMLULUK (Three-way Responsibility) " at that meeting.

Following completion of institutional preparations at tha Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Association, the ÜÇLÜ SORUMLULUK initiative was laonched at a meeting held in the, then Sheraton, now the Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel in the spring of 1993.

ÜÇLÜ SORUMLULUK implementation practices has received significant attention within the Turkish industrysince itsinception in 1993. I am in the opinion that the success of our Association in implementation of Responsible Care is a good indicator of enviromental protection awaraness of the Turkish chemical industry, which has been under undue criticism. With this occasion, I would like to express my gratitude to all of our member companies for their sincere interest in the ÜÇLÜ SORUMLULUK Responsible Care initiative in Turkey.

ALBER BILEN
TCMA Honorary President