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Resources, environment and climate

Sustainability Business Trends

Global population growth, urbanization, a growing middle class in emerging countries – these and further mega trends ask for new and effective answers in environment, society and economy. With the UN Sustainable Development Goals in mind, BASF investigated the trends in seven important customers industries together with sustainable natives, A.T. Kearney and Impact Hub Berlin. 

Dr. Martin Brudermüller (Mitte), Vorstandsvorsitzender der BASF SE, bei der Preisverleihung mit Jörg Willimayer (links) und Jürgen Westermeier von der BMW Group / Dr. Martin Brudermüller (middle), Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, at the awards ceremony with Jörg Willimayer (left) and Jürgen Westermeier of BMW Group
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BASF is most sustainable innovation partner for BMW

BASF was honored with a BMW Supplier Innovation Award 2018 as the winner in the Sustainability category. BMW Group said BASF achieved the best performance in CO2 emissions in the report published by the non-governmental organization CDP.

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Resources, environment and climate

BASF’s new strategy aims for both profitable and CO2-neutral growth

“With our new strategy, we are setting BASF on a course for growth,” said Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, at the presentation of BASF’s new strategy in Ludwigshafen. To grow faster, BASF will have an even stronger focus on its customers and develop tailor-made offerings for them.

Renewable Energy Sources

BASF produces methanol according to the biomass balance approach

BASF has started production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach. The product name is EU-REDcert-methanol. As a result, BASF reduces emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases by at least 50 percent compared with conventionally produced methanol.

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Customer Story: A new life with 3D-prosthesis

30 years ago, Chris Casteel suffered a heavy blow of fate. Today, with support from BASF, he stands up for those who experienced the same.

Partnering

Starting Ventures project creates business opportunities for Brazilian painters

The starting ventures project “Vitrine Suvinil” – launched by the BASF brand Suvinil for decorative paints in Brazil in March 2016 – aims at training professionals in the painting business and preparing them as entrepreneurs.

Saori Dubourg
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BASF recognized as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and SDG Pioneer

BASF was recognized for its continuing involvement and commitment to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and as an SDG Pioneer during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

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With help from BASF: Guinea worm disease facing eradication

“BASF will continue to support the fight against Guinea worm disease to eradicate it.” This was the promise Saori Dubourg made to former US President Jimmy Carter at a recent meeting in Georgia, USA.

Dr. Martin Brudermüller
Resources, environment and climate

CEOs are committed to climate protection

“Climate protection is a key task for me.” These were the words of BASF's Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Martin Brudermüller, during a meeting of the “Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders” in Geneva on August 24, 2018.

Partnering

Stakeholder dialogue on aflatoxin mitigation in Tanzania

BASF and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) have partnered to host a workshop that brings together stakeholders involved in aflatoxin management to discuss possible solutions for aflatoxin mitigation in Tanzania. This will help advance Tanzania’s national aflatoxin mitigation strategy, and findings can also benefit other countries in the region.

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Advancing Kenya's Food Security Agenda – BASF’s Food Innovation Cluster Stakeholder Workshop

BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical companies, brought together stakeholders in the food value chain in a workshop aimed at enhancing cooperation to address challenges in the food value chain.

Water

BASF and NMMC collaborate on safe water and sanitation project in Navi Mumbai

Over 10,000 citizens from Turbhe Store, a suburb of Navi Mumbai, will now have access to clean and affordable drinking water through the “Landmark Project”, a water and sanitation initiative by BASF, with the support of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). The concept for the Landmark Project was first developed through a series of social dialog sessions in Mumbai during BASF’s 150th anniversary activities in 2015, and has now come to fruition in an innovative, community-based social business model.

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Sustainability Campaign of BASF Master Builders Solutions® wins gold and silver awards

BASF has convinced expert panels with the vivid communication of sustainable construction projects: The sustainability campaign “Quantified Sustainable Benefits” of the BASF brand Master Builders Solutions about the application of eco-efficient construction materials won a Gold Award at Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation 2018 in the category “Microsite” as well as three Silver Awards at Best of Content Marketing Award 2018 in the categories “B2B Campaign”, “B2B Crossmedia”, and “B2B Microsite”.

Energy efficiency

Unlocking the potential of metal nanoparticles

CO2 and sustainably produced hydrogen can serve as an ingredient for the conversion of electrical energy generated by wind turbines or solar panels into a gas fuel. This ‘power-to-gas’ concept can solve two problems at once: it reduces CO2 emissions and at the same time creates more flexible applications of sustainable energy. But a cost-effective conversion of CO2 requires an extremely effective catalyst.

Das Tageslichtsystem basiert auf dem Prinzip der Lichtlenkung und besteht aus drei Komponenten: einer Folie, einem Lichtschacht und Leuchtkörpern. / The daylight management system is based on the principle of light guidance and comprises three components: a film, a light shaft and light fixtures.
Products and innovations

BASF brings daylight into dark spaces

How can natural daylight be brought into building interiors so even windowless rooms do not need artificial light during the day? And how can sunlight be used optimally behind glass facades without creating glare? BASF has found a smart solution to these two problems.

Innovation

BASF invests in carbon recycling company LanzaTech

BASF Venture Capital GmbH is to invest in LanzaTech, a biotech company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Using special microbes, LanzaTech has developed a technology for gas fermentation that first enables ethanol to be produced from residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen. By re-using waste streams instead of incinerating them, industrial companies can reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Where does our oil come from?

Faced with environmental and social problems caused by palm cultivation this is an increasingly pressing question for the cosmetics industry. At its 3rd Palm Dialog in Amsterdam, BASF spoke with representatives from nongovernmental organizations and industry how to measure the industry’s impact on sustainable palm. The Palm Dialog with stakeholders is one element of our commitment to sourcing responsibly.

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“Blockchain enables us to build trust”

The series of events “Talk Sustainability – Nachhaltigkeit im Dialog” gives BASF employees the opportunity to talk about current sustainability topics with external guest speakers on a regular basis. Jessi Baker, founder and CEO of UK based start-up Provenance, discussed with about 200 employees in the “Talk Sustainability” event on April 25 about blockchain and sustainability. We spoke with her about the possibilities of this new technologies and the impact for society and BASF.

Artenvielfalt in der modernen Landwirtschaft / Biodiversity – making it work on a modern farm
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„Coup d’Pousse“: a participation platform to save bees from hunger

Connecting farmers, beekeepers, companies and private individuals to ensure the health and well-being of bees, that’s the objective of the “Coup d’Pousse“ platform initiated by the Bees Biodiversity Network (RBA) in France. The project aims to improve the bees’ alimentation with the sowing of flower seeds on agricultural land.

Innovation

BASF supports farmer safety with new Sanrakshan Kit

As part of a global initiative, BASF India has launched a new version of the “Sanrakshan Kit”, an affordable, high-quality set of personal protection equipment designed to encourage good agricultural practices and promote safety in the field.

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BASF supports program for rodent prevention and protection of endangered species

The Juan Fernández Archipelago, located near the coast of central Chile, contains a very fragile ecosystem. In partnership with NGOs, governmental institutions and the island’s population BASF successfully contributed to conserving the archipelago’s wide biodiversity.

Innovation

Helping customers assess their portfolio with BASF's Sustainable Solution Steering methodology

BASF releases the manual of its Sustainable Solution Steering method to help third parties measure their products’ contribution to sustainability within their various markets and industries and to increase this contribution through targeted steps. BioMar is one of BASFs customers who already applied the method successfully.

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Novacolor launches new effect paints produced with biomass balanced BASF binders

With BASF biomass balanced dispersions of the Acronal® brand, the Italian paint manufacturer Novacolor combines sustainability with quality. The approach supports Novacolor’s ecological requirements through the replacement of fossil resources by sustainable biomass.

Innovation

LED lighting project improves school learning environment in Taiwan

BASF has completed renovation at two primary schools in Taiwan to help create a better visual learning environment for school children. Through the Starting Ventures initiative “Sunshine Lighting Project,” employee volunteers donated and replaced about three thousand LED lighting tubes.

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Construction trends — is resilience the new ‘green’?

There’s a new buzzword in the construction industry and that word is resilience. After Hurricane Sandy struck North America, resilient design has grown in importance not only for architects and designers, but also for politicians, engineers and city planners who have resilient design on the mind. Natural disasters, such as Sandy and Hurricane Matthew, sent a reminder to the green design community that while ecological motivation is important, it won’t matter if a building becomes uninhabitable due to flooding, earthquake or power outages.

Innovation

Pierre Potier Prize for compostable coffee capsules

Although coffee at the push of a button may be highly practical, it produces huge amounts of garbage in the form of used capsules. That’s why BASF worked together with Capsul’in to develop a solution that allows the coffee capsules to be fully composted after the use. BASF was awarded the Pierre Potier Prize for this innovation at the end of December.

Innovation

Denver Broncos stay safe during winter training thanks to new ice-melt solution

A new biodegradable non-chloride liquid deicer is used at the UCHealth Training Center of the Denver Broncos. It is less corrosive and has a lesser impact on surrounding flora, making it a smarter solution for commercial, residential deicing and a better alternative to chloride-based salts, which is what most businesses use for ice melts.

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Chemistry 4.0 – sustainable and digital

Digitalization enables faster and better decisions in increasingly complex work processes. However, Chemistry 4.0 is not just about digitalization. Sustainable development is at the core of BASF’s concept for the future. However, digital technologies can help to optimize sustainable resource management. Two smart Supply Chain and IT solutions show how digital support contributes to more sustainable control of product portfolio and energy management.

Products and innovations

BASF’s biodegradable ecovio bags help promote a culture of recycling in Chile

Chile, the first South American country that has joined the OECD, has realized the potential of good environmental practices and therefore aims to promote a culture of recycling. BASF supports the country in achieving a sound management of waste: a pilot project demonstrated that the distribution of waste bags made of BASF’s compostable plastic ecovio®, together with training, can increases the share of organic waste collected separately.

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BASF Farm Network in Italy is growing

The “Tenuta Darola” rice farm in Northern Italy is the latest member of the BASF Farm Network, a partnership that promotes tangible sustainable agriculture by linking key players in the agricultural industry. Further member farms are located in France, Germany, Poland, Greece, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

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A Starting Ventures project in Peru

The project “Allin Kawsay” has been designed by BASF to help potato farmers in the Peruvian Andes increase their harvest so that they can build a better life for themselves and their families. “Allin Kawsay” has been in preparation since 2015 and is part of “BASF Starting Ventures” – a program consisting of various projects to empower people all over the world to improve the quality of their lives.

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BASF wins Integrated Report of the Year Award

BASF has won the “Integrated Report of the Year Award” issued by the Ethical Corporation. According to the jury, BASF’s 2016 corporate report is “a truly integrated report with an impressive set of measures and presented in an accessible manner.”

Company

BASF at Sustainable Brands

How can we assess the contribution of businesses to society? BASF as well as other companies and leading experts in the field of sustainability joined this year’s Sustainable Brands New Metrics in Philadelphia to discuss new methods in the field of measuring sustainability.

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BASF celebrates its 25th anniversary in Poland

In September, BASF celebrated its 25th anniversary in Poland. BASF Polska plays an active role in promoting innovative and sustainable solutions on the Polish market. Highlights of the festivities included an exhibition on sustainable cities as well as BASF’s membership of the Minimum Standard of the Ethical Program established by the United Nations Global Compact Poland.

Innovation

Sustainable optimization of concrete during tunnel construction in Geneva thanks to MasterEase

During the construction of the “Tunnel de Champel” in Geneva, MasterEase from Master Builders Solutions® proved to be the perfect superplasticizer for sprayed concrete. The success story is part of the “Quantified Sustainable Benefits – Reduce Your Footprint and Boost Your Bottom Line” sustainability campaign from Master Builders Solutions. This campaign was rolled out across Europe in 2017.

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BASF recognized as global leader in sustainable water management

Water is of fundamental importance in chemical production, yet it is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. Ensuring “access to water and sanitation for all” is therefore not only one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but also an important BASF focus topic. In recognition of its actions to manage water more sustainably, CDP has awarded BASF once more with a top position on its Water A List.

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Social impact day "Anpacker" in Ludwigshafen-Hemshof was a success

As part of the program “Connected to Care“, BASF cooperates with its employees as well as with charitable organizations to implement a range of social projects that are meant to support communities near the company's sites. One component of this program is an annually-held social impact day called “Anpacker”, which in German means “go-getter”. This year, 60 of BASF's Ludwigshafen-based employees dedicated their time and efforts to restore a public park.

v.l.n.r.: Jonas Heinze (Bronze für Team Deutschland), Daryl Hea
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BASF supports sustainable success of young spray painters

At the 44th edition of WorldSkills, the world championship of apprenticeships, 26 spray painters proved that a sustainable way of working is crucial for success in the automotive refinish industry. The spray painters had been trained on the proper use of Glasurit, BASF’s premium automotive refinish brand, and their approach was based on applying a sustainable, waterborne technology.

Partnering

BASF joins Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil

As one of the leading producers of oleochemicals, BASF has joined the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) in the category “Supporter”. BASF is thereby expanding its engagement for sustainable oil palm products in German, Austrian and Swiss markets. 

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Handwashing - An Approach for Disease Control

BASF is supporting an innovative program to enhance hand washing hygiene among Bangladesh’s ready-made garment workers. The project, now being implemented by "Voluntary Organization for Social Development", will explore existing health behavior among the ready-made garment workers with a view to improving hygiene and reducing associated diseases.

Sustainable construction in the desert – Burj Kalifai / Nachhalt
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“We can only achieve the SDGs if we work together”

Two years ago, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Since then BASF has been actively supporting the United Nations with the implementation of the SDGs. They form the framework for sustainable management at an economic, environmental and social level. Thorsten Pinkepank, Director Sustainability Relations at BASF SE, provided insights about what has happened in the last two years since the implementation of the SDGs has started.

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Revised SEEBALANCE® Methodology allows for improved assessment of social aspects

With SEEBALANCE® being introduced in 2005, BASF for the first time presented a methodology designed to measure all the three pillars of sustainability – environment, society and economy. This methodology has now been fundamentally revised in terms of assessing social aspects: the focus now lies on a more qualitative assessment of social factors such as education, health and working conditions.

Partnering

Creator Space Project in Brazil is still going strong

Developed in 2015 as part of the BASF Creator Space program for collaborative innovation, the Brazilian program “Origem” aims to promote sustainable farming by optimizing the usage of resources and, at the same time, delivering higher marketable quality and yield of potatoes.

Partnering

Espacio Inclusivo – a Starting Ventures project

The BASF program Starting Ventures focuses on entrepreneurial solutions. It supports projects that give people with no or low income the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives themselves. At the same time, it is intended to open up new markets and partnerships in the medium to long-term future. One example how this works is the automotive industry project “Espacio Inclusivo” in South America.

BASF präsentiert innovative Lösungen für die Automobilindustrie auf der IAA 2017 / BASF presents innovative solutions for the automotive industry at IAA 2017
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BASF presents innovative solutions for the automotive industry

At this year’s Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt BASF presents innovative catalysts, battery materials and plastics to show how automotive manufacturers can reduce emissions, save weight and improve safety, comfort and design of their vehicles.

Verbundstandort Ludwigshafen / Verbund site Ludwigshafen
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BASF listed in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

BASF has again been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). This year, the chemicals group has been especially recognized for its comprehensive innovation management, environmental and social reporting as well as its focused materiality assessment.

Partnering

Partnering of BASF and bse Engineering for a new chemical energy storage process

BASF and bse Engineering signed an exclusive joint development agreement for BASF to provide custom made catalysts for a new chemical energy storage process. This process will enable economically viable transformation of excess current and off-gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into the chemical energy storage methanol in small-scale, delocalized production units.

Company

BASF is listed in FTSE4Good Index Series for over 15 years

BASF remains a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index for 2017 BASF has been listed in the index since its launch in 2001. The index lists only companies meeting stringent criteria in the area of social, environmental and corporate governance and who manage to continuously confirm or develop these in regularly conducted assessments.

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How companies contribute to the SDGs

As part of the annual High Level Political Forum in New York, Thorsten Pinkepank, Director Sustainability Relations at BASF, shared his view on the importance of private sector initiatives in promoting the UN SDGs.

Innovation

Interceptor® G2 – breakthrough to beat insecticide resistance

BASF has received an interim recommendation from the World Health Organization for Interceptor® G2, a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net to combat insecticide resistance. This is the first WHO recommendation for a product based on a new insecticide class in more than 30 years.

Company

In dialogue with Nobel laureates

The 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was dedicated to chemistry. About 30 Nobel Laureates met hundreds of selected scientific talents from all over the world. BASF invited to a Dialogue focusing on the topic Circular Economy.

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“We focus on entrepreneurial solutions”

Companies offer opportunities to improve the quality of life of people all around the world through the availability of jobs, as well as access to affordable products and services. In doing so, new markets and partnerships open up. Since 2016, the BASF program Starting Ventures has supported projects which link these advantages. Dr. Dirk Voeste, Vice President Sustainability Strategy, talks in an interview about the program, its successes and challenges.

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Using renewable raw materials in the Verbund

Waste can do more. When used properly, it can insulate houses, let walls shine white and keep babies dry. This is made possible by BASF’s innovative biomass balance approach. We explain how this works and provide some product examples.

Company

“Every single investment has an impact”

The series of events “Talk Sustainability – Nachhaltigkeit im Dialog” gives BASF employees the opportunity to discuss current sustainability topics with external guest speakers on a regular basis. In May Erika Karp, a renowned expert on socially responsible investments (SRI) came to Ludwigshafen, sharing insights about the language of finance and shifting focus of the capital markets.

Company

BASF is part of the WBCSD CEO Guide to the Circular Economy

BASF among 13 others companies signed the WBCSD CEO Guide to the Circular Economy, which was presented at the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki in June.

Company

SMART: for a sustainable future

Product portfolio steering based on product sustainability performance is an important leverage point for BASF. Therefore, the company uses sustainability criteria to rate the applications of all products. IT helps: a solution called  “SMART” makes analyzing sustainability reports and risk evaluations faster and easier.

Innovation

Water-based inks and adhesives as a valuable contribution to sustainability

Water-based resins for inks and water-based adhesives in flexible packaging are an economically compatible and environmentally friendly alternative to solvent-based technologies, according to a recently completed Eco-Efficiency Analysis conducted by BASF. A shift from solvent-based inks and adhesives to water-based technologies will allow a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of up to 15% and lower investment and maintenance costs.

Company

Sustainable practice examples from BASF Poland

BASF Poland is presented with 16 best practice initiatives in the current edition of Poland’s largest review of socially-responsible business activities. Among other projects, they support a project which is providing disabled children with the opportunity to use professional physiotherapy services as well as initiatives of the BASF Poland’s Crop Protection division focusing on biodiversity and water protection in agriculture.

Das Noor Solarkraftwerk in Marokko soll im Endausbau eine installierte Leistung von 580 Megawatt aus vier Kraftwerksblöcken haben. Die Bauchemiesparte der BASF unterstützt die Installation des Komplexes mit Spezialverankerungsmörteln und Versiegelungen. / The Noor Solar Power plant in Morocco is planned to deliver from four generating units an installed power of 580 Megawatt at its final stage. BASF’s Construction Chemicals division supports the installation with special grouts and sealants.
Innovation

BASF products support the construction of the world’s largest solar plant

BASF offers unique solutions for the construction of the largest concentrated solar complex in the world in the Moroccan desert and proactively participates in producing enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018 whilst at the same time lowering carbon emissions. Innovative solutions from the BASF Construction Chemicals division are specially designed for the toughest exposures in the desert.

Company

Vitamins and education – a Connected to Care project in Egypt

Keeping future mothers healthy and giving babies the best possible start were some of the main goals of one of the 150 projects that were selected for funding as part of BASF’s Connected to Care contest in 2015. The project is now running in Alexandria as a joint initiative of the Rotarian Action Group for Population (RFPD) and BASF Egypt.

Steamcracker im BASF-Werk Ludwigshafen / Steam cracker at BASF's
Company

BASF expands its existing circular economy solutions

BASF will further advance its existing circular economy solutions across its value chain and within its products and is thus joining Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiatives for circular economy.

Nematoden as a biological pest control
Innovation

Natural Helpers for pest control

Biological crop protection effectively complements the use of chemical products. Farmers use natural organisms to protect their crops from pests. BASF uses a variety of living organisms for targeted pest control, for example tiny worms, called Nematodes.

Company

BASF is making good progress on its palm commitment

BASF has launched its first Palm Progress Report. The report documents the company’s roadmap for sustainable palm, its collaboration along the value chain and the progress it is making in driving physical transformation in oleoderivatives.

Collaboration between Audi, BASF and Covestro / Kooperation von Audi, BASF und Covestro
Products and innovations

New clearcoat with biobased hardener for automotive manufacturing

In the automotive industry, manufacturers and suppliers are working constantly to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in production. A project team consisting of employees of the car maker Audi, BASF’s Coatings division and materials company Covestro has now passed a new milestone: for the first time, a clearcoat containing a biobased hardener was applied to test bodies of the Audi Q2.

Company

“We measure our contribution to a sustainable future”

For the first time, BASF has released the results of its ‘Value-to-Society’ assessment which reflects BASF’s financial and non-financial impacts on society in monetary terms. In an interview, Dr. Dirk Voeste, Vice President Sustainability Strategy at BASF, explains this new approach and how its results can support BASF in living up to its corporate purpose.

Partnering

Space Farming

The first school experiment to test if plant cuttings build roots in zero gravity has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS). BASF’s crop protection experts have supported the young scientists with research know-how, scientific consultancy, materials and equipment.

BASF focuses on “Water Education” amongst student community in India / BASF richtet Augenmerk auf “Wasser-Erziehung” in Schülergemeinschaft in Indien
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BASF recognized as world leader for corporate action on water security

BASF has been identified as a global leader for its actions and strategies to manage water more sustainably and has earned a position on the Supplier Water A List by CDP, an international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies.