The notion of sustainability can only be effective if it is firmly integrated into organizational and management systems. We have therefore created structures to promote sustainable business activities - from strategic planning to implementation.
The Corporate Sustainability Board (CSB) is BASF’s central steering committee for sustainable development. It is comprised of the heads of our business, corporate and functional units as well as of the regions. A member of the Board of Executive Directors serves as chair. The CSB monitors the implementation of the sustainability strategy and cross-divisional initiatives. Regarding aspects of sustainability related to our strategy, the CSB defines sustainability goals and approves corporate position papers on sustainability topics.
We have also established an external, independent Stakeholder Advisory Council. Its members bring an important external perspective to the table in discussions with BASF’s Board of Executive Directors, thereby helping us expand our strengths and identify our potential for improvement.
The Sustainability Core Team supports the Corporate Sustainability Board to drive the implementation of CSB decisions and to connect with the Sustainability Communities. The Sustainability Core Team also supervises the approved sustainability initiatives and performance measures.
As cross-divisional and cross-regional teams, the Sustainability Communities work on practical challenges in implementing the sustainability strategy in their businesses and ensure consistency and knowledge sharing regarding sustainable development worldwide.
The Sustainability Strategy team supports BASF Group’s activities with regard to sustainability by providing consulting services to assess business opportunities and risks, evaluate products and processes, and support the development of strategies of different business units.