We work continually to improve environmental protection, health and safety at BASF and set ourselves ambitious goals. Our global Responsible Care® Management System and uniform global directives ensure that our standards are the basis of day-to-day work at all sites. We have, for example, established clear directives for plant safety and the transportation of our products. They help us protect our employees and neighbors, and secure our productivity.
Responsible Care ManagementBASF supports the chemical industry’s voluntary commitment to the global Responsible Care initiative, and in 2006, co-initiated the Responsible Care Global Charter of the International Council of Chemical Associations.
Experts from our Responsible Care network coordinate all BASF activities in the areas of environmental protection, health and safety. They develop worldwide standards, for example, directives on the construction of plants. The activities of this global network contribute to the Responsible Care initiative. With success: In 2008, BASF Indonesia received a Responsible Care distinction for excellence in safety management.
We launched our revised, globally valid Responsible Care Management System in the summer of 2007. It supports managers in promoting Responsible Care and sets the framework for the safe production, transportation and handling of chemicals. In 2008, the American Chemistry Council distinguished BASF Corporation with the Responsible Care Leadership Award for its implementation of Responsible Care management in the United States. All BASF sites worldwide report to our Responsible Care database in which information on emissions, energy, occupational safety, health protection and distribution safety is captured. In 2008, we began the introduction of a new incident database to better analyze accidents and near-accidents. Detailed data on accidents, environmental and transport incidents and damage are centrally recorded. Thus potential sources of mistakes can be identified faster and eliminated systematically. In 2008, BASF had no events with relevant environmental impact of importance to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
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RESPONSIBLE CARE MANAGEMENT
- Coordinates activities in the areas of environmental protection, health and safety
- Supports management to further promote Responsible Care
- Comprises nine key sectors at BASF: environmental protection, process safety, transport and distribution safety, emergency response, product stewardship, health protection, occupational safety, dialogue and security
AuditsWe audit our internal environment, health and safety performance regularly on the basis of a standard global procedure. BASF’s environment, safety and occupational medicine experts audit sites and plants, and monitor the implementation of our global standards using an inspection catalog. Their audit recommendations help us to further improve our environment and safety performance. In addition, the international audit team meets regularly to ensure global consistency of the audit systems and to develop them further. Our internal audit system is in line with the standards and criteria of external auditing procedures. A total of 149 of our production sites are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 or EMAS.
In 2008, 86 environmental and safety audits were carried out at 71 sites in the BASF Group. In addition, there were 34 audits on occupational medicine and health protection at 34 sites.
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RESPONSIBLE CARE AUDITS
- 86 audits on environmental protection and occupational safety
- 34 audits on occupational medicine and health protection
- Findings to improve environmental, health and safety performance
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COSTS
- Overall costs of operating environmental protection facilities throughout the BASF Group: €706 million in 2008 (2007: €640 million)
- Additional investments in new and improved environmental protection plants and facilities: €165 million (2007: €103 million); these investments involved both end-of-pipe measures as well as integrated environmental protection measures