Last Update: 03/12/2009
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Sustainability services

Greenlop – Chemical Recycling (graphics)



further cooperations with company customers in 2008



metric tons of electronic chemicals recycled

In 2008, our production sites, particularly in Europe and Asia, took back and recycled previously sold electronic chemicals. Through the global initiative “Success,” we were able to intensify our relationship with many customers and recycle more than 5,000 metric tons of electronic chemicals.

Success – Added Value through Sustainability

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important success factor for our business partners. We see great opportunities for integrating our sustainability expertise into customer partnerships. This is why, in 2007, we developed the strategic initiative “Success – Added Value through Sustainability” which enables our business units to identify how they can differentiate themselves through sustainability. This initiative brings together our longstanding competencies in the fields of environment, health, safety and sustainability management. The services offered by Success range from individual offers to tailor-made packages. One example is our service package Greenloop® which, since 2008, has enabled customers to return used electronic chemicals, such as solvents, to BASF where they are recycled for other applications.

In 2008, we implemented 196 sustainability projects with our customers aimed at expanding and strengthening customer relationships through sustainability.
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Eco-Efficiency Analysis and SEEBALANCE

We offer the Eco-Efficiency Analysis as a strategic instrument for product and process optimization. It provides information on the relationship between the financial value of a product and its impact on the environment. This tool helps us and our customers to decide which products and processes are most suitable, both in economic and in ecological terms. The entire life cycle of a product or production process is assessed, for example, resource and energy consumption, emissions to air, water and soil as well as risk potential. We have conducted Eco-Efficiency Analyses for important products in 90% of our business units. In total, we carry out approximately 40 analyses per year. In 2008, we conducted a multitude of analyses with and for our customers. This is how we were able to demonstrate that the use of our new product Elastocoast® for coastal protection applications, offers clear economic and ecological advantages in comparison to other products.

We have now refined our Eco-Efficiency Analysis to include social aspects: Our Socio-Eco-Efficiency Analysis SEEBALANCE® incorporates relevant social criteria such as lost time accidents, training levels, spending on research and development, equal opportunities as well as wages and salaries. In this way, we can calculate costs and environmental impact alongside the social effects of products and production processes. In 2008, we conducted Socio-Eco-Efficiency Analyses in selected product applications. Relevant to the principles of the U.N. Global Compact
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  • Conducted for important products in 90% of BASF business units
  • Approximately 40 analyses per year
  • Strategic tools for product and process optimization
  • Shows which products and processes are economically and environmentally most suitable

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