April 7, 2016
“Whether it be connections in our process, connections with our customers or connections along the value chain – at BASF, we recognize that these connections form the chemistry which will shape the future of our planet.” This was the message that Wayne T. Smith, Chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation, left with delegates of the GLOBE 2016 conference, held in Vancouver, Canada in March.
The biennial GLOBE series is North America’s largest international forum on business and the environment, bringing together senior representatives from the public, private and NGO sectors to focus on challenges between people, planet and profit.
Following speeches from Canadian Prime Minster, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of British Columbia, Christie Clarke, Smith delivered a keynote address which underscored how chemistry and collaboration can help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. The keynote was followed by a live one-on-one interview with Rudyard Griffiths, Anchor of Bloomberg North and Monk Debates Moderator.
“Chemistry plays an important role in developing sustainable solutions to address global challenges,” said Smith. “However, we also recognize that we cannot simply solve big problems on our own. The science we bring is just one part of the equation, and equally important is the chemistry between people – such as our customers, the communities where we operate, universities, governments and NGOs.”
Building on Smith’s message, BASF used the conference as an opportunity to strengthen connections with key stakeholders. As the partner sponsor and one of the only chemical companies in attendance, BASF organized business development meetings and hosted an exclusive networking event with over 100 high-level executives from across industries.
Throughout the conference BASF leaders participated in roundtable discussions and SPARK talks which showcased the company’s industry leadership. BASF’s Charlene-Wall Warren, Director of Sustainability in North America, explained the company’s Sustainable Solution Steering® method. Keith Edwards, Business Manager, Speciality Plastics, focused on the company’s collaboration with major league sports stadiums to drive sustainability at their venues through closed-loop waste management and composting systems.
At the trade fair, BASF presented examples of sustainable solutions, including live demonstrations of a complete composting system for coffee production using ecovio® compostable plastic.