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Sustainability News 2015


German edition of Global Compact Yearbook with article on stakeholder relations at BASF

The yearbook of the German Global Compact Network (DGCN) “Global Compact Deutschland 2015” has been released. The article by BASF on the topic of stakeholder relations deals with the importance of dialogue and collaboration with external actors, while informing about different ways of stakeholder-involvement at BASF.


BASF celebrates 10th anniversary of the Argan Program in Morocco

Argan oil and extracts have always been popular in cosmetic applications because of their moisturizing, tightening and anti-aging properties. Ten years ago BASF initiated a partnership with Targanine – a network of six oil processing cooperatives from the region of Agadir in the south of the country.


BASF receives German Sustainability Award for resource efficiency

BASF was presented with the Special Award “Resource Efficiency” at the ceremony for the German Sustainability Award 2015. Margret Suckale, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, thanked the jury on behalf of the employees of BASF Group: “The award is a confirmation as well as a great motivation for us.”

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Creator Space™ Tour stop in Ludwigshafen

Following stops in Mumbai, Shanghai, New York, São Paulo and Barcelona, the Creator Space™ tour concluded in Ludwigshafen, Germany at the end of November. The participants addressed one key question in particular throughout various activities: How can we ensure future energy supply?


BASF supports a global climate protection agreement

Prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, BASF called for an ambitious agreement on climate protection. Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, talks about the importance of a global agreement and the contribution made by chemistry.

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Creator Space™ Tour in Barcelona

The Mediterranean city of Barcelona was the fifth stop on the Creator Space™ Tour during BASF's anniversary year. Held from October 26 to 30, the event was all about responsible food consumption.


BASF at Sustainable Brands Conferences in Boston, Kuala Lumpur and London

How is BASF contributing to a sustainable future and how is the method Sustainable Solution Steering™ changing the company’s business strategies?  


BASF leading in climate and water protection reporting worldwide

With a disclosure score of 100 and a performance rating of A-, BASF has been awarded a position on the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) 2015 by the international non-profit organization CDP.


Environmental management in Brazil

The sustainability project at BASF’s production site for paints and coatings in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil is one of the eleven case studies of pioneering projects recently presented in the Guidance on Organizational Life Cycle Assessment promoted by the United Nations (UN).


UN Global Compact + 15 Europe Conference in Berlin

In mid-October Global Compact Local Networks in Europe, their participants and stakeholders came together in Berlin to discuss the future of corporate sustainability and the UN Global Compact (UNGC) in Europe.  

Products and innovations

Re-opening of CasaE in Brazil

CasaE in São Paulo is BASF's first eco-efficiency house in tropical climate. Visitors can find modern products and solutions by BASF in every corner.

Products and innovations

BASF Presents New Types of the Chelating Agent Trilon® M

At the SEPAWA Congress 2015 BASF presented new types of the readily biodegradable chelating agent Trilon® M.


World Food Day 2015 – food is life

October 16 is World Food Day. Established by the United Nations to mark the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this annual event is meant to draw attention to agricultural food production, heighten public awareness about hunger and an opportunity to point to achievements made in food and agricultural developments.


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

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.


Creating Chemistry – Current issue of the BASF magazine

Which means of mobility will we use in the future? More and more people surge into the cities that already fight smog and gridlock. This challenges the mobility infrastructure worldwide. The fifth issue of the magazine Creating Chemistry introduces innovative concepts and technologies that will shape the mobility of the future.

BASF among finalists for the German Sustainability Award 2015

BASF is nominated for the National German Sustainability Award 2015 as well as for the special award "Resource Efficiency". 

BASF at Sustainable Brands Conferences in South America

Sustainable Brands Conferences are held worldwide with participants from business, science, politics and other fields of society who discuss how they can tackle future challenges with sustainable solutions. BASF recently attended two conferences in South America as a sponsor.

Global Compact International Yearbook with article on Sustainable Solution Steering™

Global Compact is a business initiative of the United Nations focusing on corporate social responsibility. As a founding member, BASF has supported the UN Global Compact since the year 2000.


BASF again with good placement in sustainability ratings

BASF has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the 15th consecutive year. Based on the assessment by analysts from the asset manager RobecoSAM, BASF has been especially recognized for its engagement in the areas of innovation management, environmental and social reporting, product stewardship and human capital development. 

Products and innovations

Urban Space – BASF in the life of a city

Whether in your kitchen, study, garage or in your child’s bedroom – BASF products are everywhere in your home. To discover how chemistry is used in our daily lives, you can visit special exhibition. The Urban Space is a part of the Creator Space Program during BASF's anniversary year.

Leichtgewicht für den harten Einsatz / Lightweight material for tough applications
Products and innovations

Lightweight material for tough applications – thermoplastic polyurethane from BASF

How to provide the same strength yet be ultra-low weight – the new inner tube for mountain bikes from Schwalbe takes on this challenge. The company, the market leader in Europe for bicycle tires and inner tubes, has worked with BASF to develop a new thermoplastic material.

Creator Space™ Tour stops in São Paulo

In August the Creator Space™ Tour, part of the BASF anniversary program, stopped in São Paulo, Brazil. BASF hosted a week-long program to address one of the world’s most pressing future challenges: how to reduce food waste and crop losses.

Products and innovations

New bio-based polyol promotes sustainable development for two-component polyurethane coatings

BASF has extended its range of high-quality bio-based polyols sold under the Sovermol® trademark. The products are used for manufacturing extremely low-emission two-component polyurethane coatings for interior and exterior applications.


BASF takes first place in the Corporate Social Responsibility Benchmark ranking

BASF has been ranked on first place in the Corporate Social Responsibility Benchmark ranking by NetFederation a German consultancy. The Benchmark evaluates the overall significance of CSR-activities and shows how companies deal with sustainability topics.

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Science Symposium in Chicago – doing research for sustainable food

At the end of June, around 400 eminent scientists and experts from a variety of disciplines met in Chicago at the second of three Science Symposiums BASF is hosting in its anniversary year.

Products and innovations

3D bioprinting technology for advanced skin care applications

BASF and Poietis, the first company in the world for 3D laser-assisted bioprinting, have signed an agreement on research and development in cosmetics. 

Products and innovations

BASF commissions one of Europe’s most advanced production plants for form release agents

Supporting the increasing demand for ecologically sound and user friendly products, BASF commissioned a new production plant for form release agents that is among the most advanced and most efficient in Europe.


SD Update becomes “Sustainability News”

An award in South America, a conference in Berlin, product innovations in various areas and Creator Space™ events around the world - there are so many topics we would like to share with you.


BASF at 2015 European Water Partnership Summit

In the beginning of July BASF took part of the 2015 European Water Partnership Summit, hosted by Team Finland at the Finnish Representation to the EU in Brussels...

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“We create chemistry - yesterday, today, and tomorrow”

BASF celebrated its 150th anniversary in Ludwigshafen on April 23, 2015.

Creator Space™ Tour in Shanghai and New York

As a core element of its anniversary program, BASF connects people and ideas around the globe with its Creator Space™ Tour to discover solutions for challenges of smart energy, food, and urban living.


BASF listed in Sustainability Leaders Report

For the first time, BASF has made the list of Sustainability Leaders.


Final of the German young scientist competition “Jugend forscht” in Ludwigshafen

From May 26 to 30, 2015, the 50th national competition of “Jugend forscht” took place at BASF in Ludwigshafen.

Products and innovations

Agreement for joint venture specializing in cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

BASF and TODA KOGYO CORP. formally established BASF TODA Battery Materials LLC. The new company will provide cathode active materials (CAM) for lithium-ion batteries in Japan.

Products and innovations

New binder for automotive lightweight composites

BASF has launched a new binder - Acrodur® Power 2750 X. The product is designed for the production of natural fiber composites for automotive lightweight applications such as interior car door panels or shelves.

Biodegradable packaging for Interceptor® mosquito nets
Products and innovations

Malaria - beating the threat of insecticide resistance

Every year, almost 200 million people are infected with malaria, and in 2013, an estimated 584,000 people died from the disease. But the international public health community is turning the tide.


Supply Chain Sustainability Index Tool wins award

A team of employees from BASF’s business unit Care Chemicals North America, in partnership with the Environment, Health and Safety unit, developed a tool that tracks and measures sustainability across the supply chain.


Positive results on environmental, health, and safety goals

Six years ahead of its self-imposed deadline, BASF has achieved its targets for the reduction of emissions to water in 2014. The past year saw significant progress overall on environmental, health and safety goals.

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Kurt Bock in United Nations Global Compact Board for another three years

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Board for another three years.

BASF at Sustainable Brands Conferences in Europe and in the USA

In the context of BASF’s global commitment at the Sustainable Brands Conferences, BASF was present at three conferences in the first six months of 2015.


BASF licenses sustainable portfolio management method to thinkstep

BASF and thinkstep announced their in­tention to collaborate in the marketing of the Sustainable Solution Steering™ method developed by BASF.


First report following GRI G4

For the first time, BASF has aligned its integrated report with the comprehensive option of the G4 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).


Impulse for a standard framework for sustainable portfolio steering

At the end of January, BASF highlighted its contribution to a sustainable future as the initiator and host of an international conference attended by companies and customers as well as representatives from...

Start of the Creator Space™ Tour in Mumbai focusing on the subject of water

For its 150th anniversary, BASF connects people and ideas worldwide with its anniversary program Creator Space™. In January, the Creator Space™ Tour started in Mumbai with a thematic focus on water.


BASF and Save the Children pool their expertise

BASF and Save the Children will pool their expertise to develop solutions including the improvement of water accessibility and quality in Mumbai as well as livelihoods and food security in the Turkana region of Kenya.


BASF breaks ground on Innovation Campus in Mumbai

In December 2014, BASF broke ground on an Innovation Campus in Navi Mumbai. The Innovation Campus will be a key hub of BASF’s global research and development (R&D) network...

Smart energy for a sustainable future

Part of the global Creator Space™ program of BASF in the year of its 150th anniversary are three science symposia, offering high profile scientists from around the world the opportunity to exchange their knowledge of the three central anniversary themes “smart energy”, “food” and “urban living”.

Products and innovations

Recycling also has top priority in the fast food sector

Customers desire recycled packaging materials for fast food. So far, however, the re-usage of food packaging cardboards has faced a barrier: When recycling paper fibers, printing ink residues remain, which can later migrate from the cardboard into the fast food.

Products and innovations

Optimized cleaning effect: the four-way conversion catalyst

The Euro 6 standard of the European Commission proclaims a new policy package on clean air. Amongst others, particle emissions from direct-injection gasoline engines are controlled more strictly. The four-way conversion catalyst of BASF, in short FWC™, helps to meet these standards.

Products and innovations

Master Builders Solutions® contribute to sustainable construction works

More than 100 years of experience in the construction industry: Under the umbrella of the Master Builders Solutions® brand, BASF bundles its advanced chemical solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair, and renovation. Three examples show that product research goes hand in hand with sustainable development.

Products and innovations

Wine cooler premieres at Consumer Electronics Show 2015

At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, BASF, Haier (a manufacturer of household appliances), and the technology company Astronautics Corporation of America presented a proof-of-concept wine cooler refrigerated by a magnetocaloric heat pump.


BASF receives award from Shanghai General Motors

For sustainable manufacturing processes in the automotive industry, BASF offers its customers individual coatings solutions. BASF Shanghai Coatings Co., Ltd. now received the “Excellent Supplier 2014: Leading Technology Award” from Shanghai General Motors (SGM) in China.


German edition of Global Compact Yearbook with article on Sustainable Solution Steering

Global Compact is a business initiative of the United Nations focusing on corporate social responsibility. Companies joining Global Compact commit themselves to align their business strategies with ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor norms, environmental protection, and anti-corruption effort.