A successfully managed process must be measurable and comprehensible. With this in mind, BASF developed a method for holistically assessing sustainability in agriculture called AgBalance™. It evaluates 69 indicators from the three dimensions – environment, society and economy. AgBalance™ considers, for example, the nutrient balance of soil, the biodiversity of species inhabiting farmland, plus residues in food and feed as well as fixed and variable costs. The method has received independent assurance by the global expert agencies NSF International, DNV Business Assurance and TÜV SÜD. In 2012 AgBalance™ was ranked first in the ideas competition of the German Council for Sustainable Development.