Identification and Management of Sustainability Issues

Materiality analysis

The materiality analysis helps us recognize and assess sustainability issues early on: We examine our internal and external stakeholders’ expectations and requirements, along with issues that could represent opportunities or risks for our operations now and in the future.

We updated our materiality analysis in 2013. Approximately 350 external stakeholders worldwide, as well as around 90 experts and managers from various functions within the company, provided information on 38 issues potentially relevant for BASF. The participants rated them in terms of their current and future relevance for BASF. The materiality matrix shows how these sustainability issues were ranked. All topics shown in the matrix are relevant both for our stakeholders and for BASF.

Afterward, we discussed the results of the materiality matrix in workshops with participants from different BASF specialist units and identified over­arching material aspects. The evaluation focused primarily on how BASF’s business is impacted by these issues. Material aspects were identified as: employment and employability, energy and climate, food, operational excellence, responsible partnering, products and solutions, resources and ecosystems, and water. We are continuing to identify BASF’s influence on these material aspects. We use the materiality analysis to constantly enhance our sustainability management.

Agricultural Practices   BASF Crop Protection
Biodiversity Loss   Biodiversity
Climate Change and Global Warming   Climate protection at BASF



Consumer Education

  Product Stewardship

Corporate Governance

  Corporate governance

Emerging Markets

  Business expansion in emerging markets


  Labor and social standards in BASF Group

Energy Consumption and Efficiency

  Climate protection at BASF

Gender Diversity and Equal Opportunities

  Diversity + Inclusion

Human Rights

  Labor and social standards in BASF group

Labor and Social Policy Rights

  Labor and social standards in BASF group

Land Use Change


Life Cycle Thinking in Value Chain


Eco-Efficiency Analysis

SET – applied sustainability



Fortification of Staple Foods

Live Newtrition

Occupational Health and Safety

  Taking Responsibility for People

Opportunities from Technologies and Products

  Products & Industries

Partnering and Multistakeholder Collaboration

  Stakeholder Networks

Political Shifts and Dynamics


Population Growth and Urbanization

  Creating Chemistry


  BASF Stiftung – International Projects

Product Stewardship

  Product Stewardship

Public Health and Safety


Good Neighbors

Smart solutions for world health

Rebound Effect


Regulatory Environment


Renewable Bio-Based Materials

  Renewable raw materials

Renewable Sources of Energy

  Creating Chemistry

Resource Scarcity

  Resource conservation

Risk of Technologies and Products

  Product Stewardship


  Emergency Response

Socially Responsible Investment

  Economic Dimension

Sufficiency and Post-Growth Economics


Sustainability Valuation

  Quantifying Sustainability

Sustainable Production


Climate Protection at BASF

Water protection products

Trust and Reputation

  Good Neighbors


  Efficient processes for companies and the environment

Water Pollution


Water Scarcity