Six years ahead of its selfimposed deadline, BASF has achieved its targets for the reduction of emissions to water in 2014. The past year saw significant progress overall on environmental, health and safety goals.
BASF aimed to achieve an 80 percent reduction in emissions to water of organic substances and nitrogen, and to reduce heavy metal emissions by 60 percent compared with the base year 2002. These targets were all achieved in some cases and even exceeded in 2014. Organic substance emissions declined by 80 percent (2013: 79 percent), nitrogen emissions by 85 percent (2013: 87 percent), and heavy metal emissions by 65 percent (2013: 64 percent). Another BASF goal is to introduce sustainable water management in accordance with the European Water Stewardship Standard at all production sites in water stress areas by 2020. The percentage of certified sites rose from 11 percent in 2013 to 30 percent.
Health and safety goals
Positive trends were also evident for the health and safety goals. The number of transportation accidents continued to decline and was 64 percent below the 2003 baseline figure (2013: 61 percent). The rate of workrelated accidents per million working hours was 1.5 in 2014 (minus 54.5 percent compared to the base year 2002), thus indicating no further improvement of the previous year’s good performance (2013: 1.4). BASF measures its health performance on the basis of the Health Performance Index (HPI). The HPI has five components: confirmed occupational diseases, medical emergency drills, first aid training, preventive medicine, and health promotion. Each component contributes up to 0.2 points to the overall result. The highest overall score is 1.0. BASF’s aim is to achieve annual target scores above 0.9. The company succeeded in doing so in 2014 with a score of 0.91 (2013: 0.89). Last year’s main health management topic was the back health of BASF employees.
|2014||2013||Change in %|
|Transportation accidents||per 10,000 shipments||0.20||0.22||- 9.1|
|Product spillages during transportation||per 10,000 shipments||0.23||0.23||0|
|Lost-time injuries||per million working hours||1.5||1.4||2.8|
|Health Performance Index||0.91||0.89||2.2|