To ensure sustainability and thus the interplay between ecological, economic and social issues, it is important for different social groupings to cooperate. Networks are therefore of major importance. They bring together the competences of different players. We at BASF are therefore committed to participating in various networks:
Under the umbrella of Chemie³ (Chemistry³), the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE), and the German Federation of Chemical Employers’ Associations (BAVC) have joined forces to further the cause of sustainable development. The core of the initiative Chemie³ is formed by 12 guidelines for sustainability in the chemical industry in Germany. Basic elements of this initiative are open dialogue with our stakeholders and supporting the members of VCI, IG BCE and BAVC to put the guidelines into practice.
CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. It gathers over 10,000 companies – including BASF, and acts as a platform for those businesses looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society.
econsense - Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V. is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility. BASF is one of the founding members of econsense.
Within the context of the globalization debate, UN General Secretary Kofi Annan proposed the creation of a "Global Compact" on January 31, 1999. He called upon economic leaders around the world to shape globalization in close cooperation with politics and civil society with the aim of strengthening the social and ecological pillars of the world economy. The initiative is being pursued under the aegis of the United Nations and is based on ten principles conceived as a practical guide to action in the areas of human rights, employee relations, environmental protection and corruption. BASF was founding member and implements the ten principles within its company and reports in detail on the tools and measures established for this purpose.
The Global Reporting Initiative has been found 1997 aiming to develop globally accepted standards for reporting on economic, ecologic and social activities of organizations and companies. In 2000 the guidelines published for the first time and reviewed in two years later. The guidelines include comprehensive indicators regarding all current dimensions of sustainable development. The GRI guideline is targeting on the international comparability of sustainability reporting. Since 2003, BASF reports in accordance with GRI’s guidelines/standards. As a member of GRI’s Gold Community, BASF is actively engaged in further developing and promoting sustainability reporting standards. BASF’s Report is in accordance with the GRI Standards – comprehensive option.
The Sustainability Consortium is an independent organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. The network includes retailers and consumer product manufacturers that have become members of the Consortium and its product life cycle mission, including social and environmental considerations. As consumers become more sophisticated about their purchasing decisions, and as natural resources become more limited, the Consortium is dedicated to driving innovation so that consumers are empowered to consume in a more sustainable way.
In order to enhance sustainability within the supply chain, the chemical companies BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, Lanxess and Solvay joined forces in 2011 for the Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative. The initiative is based on good practices and builds on established principles – such as the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Responsible Care Global Charter. The goal of TfS is the global standardization of supplier evaluations and auditing.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) founded in January 1995 bases its activities on the results of the Rio Conference 1992 – the Agenda 21. More than 200 international companies are now members of WBCSD. The largest companies from Germany include Allianz, Bayer, Daimler, Evonik, Deutsche Bank, Henkel, Volkswagen – and BASF. The WBCSD defines four goals underlying its endeavors: market leadership as competence for environmental and sustainability issues, development of policy towards a sustainable corporate style and exchange of good examples in environment and resource management, as well as fostering sustainable development in developing and transition countries.