Making a commitment to international standards or self-obligations in the areas of environmental protection and safety is one side of the coin, checking that this is actually adhered to is the other. To this end, BASF has maintained a number of monitoring systems and complaint mechanisms since the mid-1980s.
In 1983 and 1985, BASF issued its first guidelines for occupational safety and environmental protection in the BASF Group in order to reduce possible risks in these areas. Since then, the company has audited plant and occupational safety as well as environmental and health protection at all its sites worldwide in keeping with uniform standards.
To enable systematic verification of the adherence to internationally recognized working and social standards, to which BASF had committed itself as part of the Global Compact, the company launched a special, multi-level monitoring system worldwide from 2005.
Today, BASF checks adherence to its uniform global standards in the areas of safety and environmental protection, health protection, product responsibility, compliance, and working and social standards by means of internal monitoring systems and complaint mechanisms, such as global surveys, audits or compliance hotlines.