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Sustainability

Objectives and Issues

Goals

BASF is according to its strategy committed to social responsibility and to conducting business sustainably. As a multinational company, BASF wants to be a good global citizen and, as a founding member of the UN Global Compact and Global Compact LEAD, contribute to achieving the international Sustainable Development Goals BASF's business divisions also develop solutions that help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Following the motto "Separated, but not isolated", BASF focuses its support for international development projects where market-based solutions are not sufficient to address social challenges. Company donations support the BASF Stiftung in its international development projects.

The BASF Stiftung works with UN organizations and maintains a global network of partnerships. The emphasis is on innovative approaches to the conception of development projects.

Issues

BASF Stiftung and its partners are engaged in developing innovative projects that can help and reach as many people as possible sustainably in the long term. The Foundation therefore focuses on the following issues:

Education and empowerment

  • Laying the groundwork for education through the provision and improvement of infrastructure, e.g. schools and community centers, nutrition and health
  • Enhancing existing educational opportunities in schools and universities, e.g. through training in sustainable use of resources
  • Promoting vocational training and entrepreneurship through specific programs for young people and start-up financing

Housing

  • Reconstruction after natural disasters, e.g. schools, residential buildings, children's homes
  • Financing communal living spaces, e.g. through construction of community centers

Health and nutrition

  • Laying the groundwork for healthy living conditions, e.g. through water supply and training in sustainable use of water and other resources
  • Improving healthcare, e.g. through education programs and further training of medical personnel
  • Combating acute malnutrition to avoid long-term consequences, e.g. through the enrichment of basic food with vitamins

Disaster relief and disaster risk reduction

  • Emergency reconstruction aid, e.g. temporary schools and accommodation
  • Long-term reconstruction aid, e.g. community centers, infrastructure and market places
  • Prevention, e.g. through construction of robust infrastructure and teaching disaster prevention at schools

Water and sanitation

  • Improvement of basic infrastructure, e. g. water supply

In the coming years our primary focus will be on innovative approaches to combat hunger and on encouraging entrepreneurial activity and interest in technological professions among young people.