Sustainable practice examples from BASF Poland
The “Responsible Business in Poland. Good Practices” Report is Poland’s largest review of socially responsible business activities. This year the report is published for the 15th time by the Responsible Business Forum, the largest NGOs in Poland which addresses the concept of corporate social responsibility. Long-standing practices, often linked to a company's overall strategy, as well as innovative ideas concerning the workplace, environmental solutions, or actions directed towards the local community are featured in the report. For the first time, this year’s edition is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015. In addition to the traditional classification under the ISO 26000 standard, practices included in the report were thus assigned to contributing to specific SDGs.
Best practice examples in the area of sustainability from BASF Poland have been continuously published in the report since 2013. In the current report, BASF Poland is presented with 16 best practice initiatives in total.
One of the 16 published initiatives is a project focusing on enabling disabled children to receive long-term therapies in their hometown. This project was organized in Śrem, a city where BASF Poland operates.
The project’s aim was to provide disabled children with the opportunity to use professional physiotherapy services at their place of residence, without the need to commute to remote locations. BASF Poland supported the project by financing the physiotherapist specialized on disabled children and by equipping a training room with the necessary tools. Thanks to this project, 40 children have already benefited from physiotherapy services.
Another best practice example comes from BASF Poland’s Crop Protection division focusing on biodiversity and water protection in agriculture.
As part of supporting sustainable agriculture, BASF Crop Protection participates in the so-called “Farm Network” in Europe. The aim of this project is to join efforts with local farmers and independent research institutes and NGO organizations, including environmental experts (i.e. biodiversity and water experts), to implement measures within the areas of biodiversity and water preservation as well as ensuring an integrated, sustainable agricultural production. Within the framework of the project, the Polish Crop Protection department launched cooperation with two farms – one of them being the biggest in Poland state owned farm. In 2016, they focused on the area of biodiversity preservation. Aside from numerous training sessions organised at the farms, they started planting flower strips, including those with a long flowering period providing source of food for many different insects, i.e. honey and bumble bees. The flower mix has been prepared by BASF experts and modified by a renowned Polish entomologist, Prof. Michal Hurej, Department of Plant Protection, Wroclaw University, whom BASF in Poland has been working with for some years now.
Another initiative focused on raising awareness of the importance of water protection in agriculture. To promote the importance of water protection in agriculture among employees as well as among farmers, BASF Poland has launched several initiatives. Such actions included training & discussion sessions addressing the importance of water protection in agricultural production during conferences across Poland in 2016, a series of expert articles published in the corporate magazine, as well as numerous lectures and meetings with students of agricultural universities.
BASF Poland good practices examples include many different areas of practices like local engagement, market education, employees, environment and education. The overall Interest in responsible business on the Polish market continues to grow, as evidenced by the year-to-year increase in the number of good practices in this area.