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How BASF supports the Sustainable Development Goals with its products and solutions

September 2015

At the end of September the UN formally adopted 17 goals for a global, sustainable development (UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs). BASF is already implementing these goals in its daily business.

The Sustainable Development Goals replace the UN's Millennium Goals defined in 2000. They are formulated more comprehensively and in greater detail than their predecessors, and they also cover topics such as the fight against poverty, world nutrition and water supply but also climate protection and economic growth. Another new feature is that these goals address developing countries as well as industrial nations, politics, society and economy alike.

“We support the goals of the United Nations and contribute to achieving them with our innovations and solutions. Sustainability is a starting point for the development of new business opportunities and therefore an important growth driver,” said Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE.

Sustainable solutions as part of the company's purpose and the core of BASF's business success.

One of the 17 development goals of the United Nations deals explicitly with issues involved in sustainable construction and living in cities and municipalities.

According to estimates, more than 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. These people need water, energy, clean air and they want a high quality of life. BASF is already contributing to meeting these challenges with its products and solutions. These include, for example, desalination technologies which support the fresh water supply of coastal cities as well as building materials that improve the energy efficiency of houses, or mobility solutions for tomorrow's mega cites.

Within the framework of its anniversary program Creator Space™, BASF is working with numerous partners on issues concerning the topic urban living, but also on many other topics such as food and smart energy, which are key topics for the United Nations and for BASF.

International cooperation

The 17 goals with their corresponding sub-goals have been developed by the United Nations in close collaboration with many partners. BASF, too, has taken part in the development, for example through UN Global Compact (UNGC), a worldwide network of companies with the goal to act in accordance with the principles and objectives of the United Nations for a sustainable future. The Chairman of the BASF´s Board of Executive Directors has been a member of the UNGC Executive Board since 2012.