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Responsible Care in North America

Responsible Care Policy Statement

We consider the health, safety and security of people and the protection of the environment to be our most fundamental responsibilities. Responsible Care® is integral to how we conduct our business and operate our facilities; it provides the framework for goals, objectives and standards that meet or surpass legal requirements, create industry best practices, and develop sustainable solutions. We work with customers, suppliers and distribution partners to ensure our products are handled safely and champion Responsible Care® principles across the business value chain. We proactively engage with stakeholders to report our performance and address their concerns. At BASF, our commitment to Responsible Care® is shared by every employee.

Product Risk Characterization

BASF evaluates the hazards and intended uses of it products, in support of our Responsible Care® commitments through our Product Risk Characterization process (PRC). The PRC helps us ensure progress towards sustainable development goals within BASF and helps our customers be successful. BASF's process is based on determining the physical and chemical hazards of our products, the toxicological profile of our products and product families and understanding the intended uses. By examining these criteria, BASF then can determine the appropriate risk management measures to take and develop appropriate information for stakeholder discussions.

Risk management measures can include, but are not limited to, targeted, customer-specific training, product safety and handling brochures and CDs, use limitations and special packaging/logistics/ security plans. When new data are available or new uses are discovered, the process may be repeated.

A flow chart of our process is shown here:

Product Safety Summaries for BASF Corporation

BASF Corporation is committed to educating the general public on chemicals and products BASF offers for sale. As part of American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Responsible Care® initiative, BASF is making available Product Safety Summaries. These documents list the chemical identity, product overview, physical/chemical properties, health information, environmental information, hazard information, exposure potential and risk management activities for high priority products. These documents are available by selecting the appropriate chemical/product listed here.

Selection of High Priority Chemicals/Products

BASF Corporation is the North America affiliate of the world's leading chemical company, offering a broad range of products. Since BASF has such a diverse portfolio, the selection of high priority chemicals/products is based on the priority of these chemicals/products to their respective business units. For some business units this priority is based on volume, but for other business units the priority may be based on the potential success of a particular chemical/product. Other chemicals/ products may be selected based on an environmental impact study or from the potential for emissions or exposure.

Process for Selection of Product Safety Summaries

The high priority chemicals/products selected for the individual business units are then evaluated and chemicals/products are chosen for product safety summaries based on volume and use. The chemical/product may also be selected based on an identified hazard or a concern from the general public.

Product Stewardship

As part of a transnational chemical company, BASF Corporation is committed to meeting the needs of its customers for high quality products and innovative solutions in a safe and environmentally sound manner and manufacturing products that can be made, used, disposed and/or recycled safely while minimizing the adverse impact on mankind and the environment.

BASF Corporation's Product Stewardship system promotes health, safety and environmental protection as integral parts in the design, manufacture, marketing, distribution, use, recycle, and the ultimate disposal of our products. The successful implementation of Product Stewardship is a shared responsibility of all those involved with a product during its lifecycle, from its initial inception to its ultimate recycle or disposal. By integrating Environmental, Health & Safety issues into business decision-making, BASF manages risk more effectively and promotes the recognition of opportunities and value related to Ecology and Safety.

The Product Stewardship system consists of 12 individual activities that can be placed into three basic categories:

  • Management Leadership and Commitment
    Provides the foundation on which to build a successful Product Stewardship system by addressing the overall direction and resources needed, as well as providing information on the establishment of responsibilities and thesetting of priorities within a business.
  • Information and Characterization
    Seeks to improve hazard identification and risk characterization at every stage of the product lifecycle by addressing the continually growing wealth of information on chemical products.
  • Risk Management
    Provides information on ways to manage risks at every stage of the product lifecycle.

Through these activities, which are a part of BASF's Responsible Care Management System (RCMS), BASF Corporation addresses the requirements of the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Responsible Care® initiative.