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. Representatives of globally active companies in the mining, construction, food, chemical, transportation, agricultural and manufacturing sectors as well as EU and national policymakers and civil society came together to discuss the need to build resilient systems driving sustainable development to ensure water security and economic growth.
BASF has already taken action applying the European Water Stewardship Standard (EWS) to improve operations at its sites. An external audit in 2013 awarded BASF gold-level certification for the extensive application of the EWS standard and water management at the production site in Tarragona, Spain. This was followed by the Verbund site in Ludwigshafen receiving the EWS standard gold-level certification in 2014.
"As a global chemical company celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, water has always been at the heart of our operations. EWS is the adequate response to water risks within the BASF Group. We have rolled it out across all European sites in water stressed areas, and started implementation in the United States and in China", said Dr. Andrea Stoegbauer, Global Water Expert at BASF. "We do it because it makes business sense."
The European Water Partnership, a Brussels based non-for profit organisation, unites and mobilizes people and stakeholders around a common water vision for Europe since 2006, developing policies, standards and sharing best practice to effectively address Europe’s water challenges by 2030.