Analyzing our products' contributions to the sustainability needs of our customers' value chains
Society and our customers have been taking a greater interest in the business contribution to sustainability over the past decades. We are committed to understand these evolving expectations, so we might seize opportunities as well as minimize risks.
Our customers can expect from BASF the consistent and innovative solutions they have always received. At the same time, they are looking to contribute to a more sustainable future where being environmentally and socially responsible goes hand in hand with running a profitable business. Therefore, BASF has embedded sustainability in its corporate purpose: “We create chemistry for a sustainable future.” This ambition is directly linked to a number of business factors:
We therefore cooperate with our customers in creating and driving more sustainable solutions, which makes good business sense for both.
By identifying key drivers and issues in our customers’ industries, we are able to assess the sustainability contribution of each of our products in its specific application.
With our approach we evaluate the entire value chain considering industry- and region-specific views in our markets. We strive to achieve a balance between the three dimensions of sustainability:
Finally each solution is assigned to one of four categories (Accelerator, Performer, Transitioner, Challenged) according to its contribution to sustainability. Although different industries vary in their specific needs, we are able to cluster our Accelerator solutions into predefined universal sustainability benefits (e.g. resource efficiency).
This detailed analysis and transparent classification allow us to both improve individual solutions and steer the entire portfolio. It also enables further integration of sustainability into our strategic, R&D and customer support processes. The goals are:
All of this helps us to ensure long-term business success – an integral part of our “We create chemistry“ strategy.
Accelerator products make a significant contribution to sustainability in the value chain. We have therefore set ourselves a concrete goal in 2015: By 2020, we aim to raise the proportion of sales from Accelerator products to 28%.
For all products that are classified as Challenged and do not fulfill our major sustainability criteria, we develop prompt plans of action. These action plans can include research projects, reformulations or even replacing one product with an alternative product. Within five years after a products has been classified as Challenged, we will stop selling it.