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Sustainability in Procurement

Our focus is mainly on our suppliers, their products and services, and the supply chain as a whole.

In order to pursue sustainability in procurement we believe it is essential that our suppliers follow our commitment. Our Supplier Code of Conduct as well as the “Together for Sustainability” initiative play an important role for the integration and development of sustainability in procurement.


Chemical initiative "Together for Sustainability"

In order to enhance sustainability within the supply chain, several chemical companies joined forces in the Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Both new and existing suppliers are selected and evaluated beyond the basis of economic criteria. 

Supplier CO2 Management Program

BASF pursues ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We invite our suppliers to join our Supplier CO2 Management Program.

Responsible sourcing of mineral raw materials

We procure a number of mineral raw materials, which we use to produce mobile and process emissions catalysts or battery materials, among other products.
Our aim is to source mineral resources responsibly so that the financing of violence and human rights abuses are prevented. We have implemented the obligations derived from the E.U. Conflict Minerals Regulation (2017/821) which defines supply chain due diligence for importers and processors of tin, tantalum and tungsten, gold, and their ores from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs).
BASF expects its suppliers to acknowledge and respect its  commitments and requirements related to responsible sourcing practices as described in BASFs Supply Chain Policy.

Assuming responsibility

Our general approach towards all our suppliers is that we act responsibly and rely on our partners to act responsibly, too. Furthermore, we offer our support to partners in their efforts to meet their respective responsibilities. We conduct reviews based on sustainability risk assessments. Whenever we become aware of violations, we urge to end these. Where appropriate, we support our partners, civil society, or cross-industry initiatives for tackling related challenges together, on a broader basis of stakeholders. In other cases, we may choose to explore business alternatives and reserve the right to terminate business relations.