responsible distribution

About Responsible Distribution


NACD places the highest priority on the health, safety, and security of employees, communities, and the environment.

In December 1991, the member companies of NACD undertook as its most important mission the inception of Responsible Distribution, developed by NACD members for NACD members. 

Responsible Distribution is a mandatory third-party verified environmental, health, safety & security program that lets members demonstrate their commitment to continuous performance improvement in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal. NACD members play a leadership role in their communities as information resources and are eager to provide the same assistance and guidance to local, state, and federal legislators on technical issues relating to the safe handling, storage, transportation, use, and disposal of chemical products.



Key Benefits of Responsible Distribution

  • Lower occurrences of safety and environmental incidents
  • Enjoy better documentation of company policies
  • Employ practices of excellence and quality systems throughout your operations
  • Engage in better communication with local communities
  • Reduce audit costs and time spent on audits
  • Save on insurance expenses
  • Improve marketplace visibility and earn credibility through performance


As a Distributor Member, this company and its senior management are committed to continuous improvement in the chemical distribution industry's responsible management and handling of chemicals. We pledge to operate our business according to these Guiding Principles and to review them in compliance with Responsible Distribution on at least an annual basis.

Please click here to view and digitally sign the NACD Responsible Distribution's Guiding Principles for your organization.

Please click here to print the NACD Responsible Distribution's Guiding Principles and keep for your organization's records.