Environmental protection, safety and security are defined in our corporate guidelines – and are therefore important management responsibilities of BASF. With our Responsible Care Management System, we set out how we implement our voluntary commitments. Our top priority is to protect our employees and neighbors and to safeguard our productivity.
Strategy and management systems
Responsible Care Management
- RCMS is the framework for safe production and transport of products and regulates the conditions for the implementation of our voluntary commitments
- New Group directive on occupational safety introduced in 2010
- Recording and evaluating events helps us learn from mistakes
Our Responsible Care Management System (RCMS) forms the framework for environmental protection, safety and security at BASF. It sets out globally applicable standards with clear rules in these subject areas. Binding global directives define the requirements, responsibilities and assessment methods for the implementation of these standards. We regularly conduct audits to monitor our performance. In order to further improve our performance, we set ourselves ambitious environmental protection, safety and security goals and regularly report on our progress. The RCMS defines the processes that we use to measure our progress toward these goals. In 2010, we introduced our Group Directive Occupational Safety. In addition, we also defined global minimum requirements for occupational and site safety.
We continuously work on improving our environmental, safety and security management system. To this end, we rely on preventive measures and analyze weak points in everything from production to logistics that could have potential effects on our employees’ safety and security, the environment or our communities. Collecting and evaluating data on a global basis helps us to systematically learn from our mistakes. Databases record all accidents, near-misses and other incidents at the sites or on transportation routes. We also include incidents involving employees of personnel leasing companies and contractors.
We raise our employees’ awareness of environmental protection and occupational safety in the workplace. To do this, we must communicate openly about mistakes and challenges, which we support through activities such as our global safety initiative. To further improve our environmental and safety systems, we also incorporate information from dialogue with stakeholders, for example, from our materiality analysis.
We received several external honors for our safety work in 2010. At the National Safety Awards in Sri Lanka, BASF Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. was honored as the safest workplace in the small-scale category of “All Sectors.” In 2010, German customs authorities certified BASF SE’s sites in Ludwigshafen and Limburgerhof as a trusted supplier with regards to product deliveries to the consumer. This certification allows customs procedures to be simplified, making it easier for our divisions to supply customers quickly and on time.
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- Regular audits help ensure uniformly high standards for environmental protection, safety, security and health
- Global directive specifies requirements and implementation of audits
- 97 audits on safety, security and environment, 34 audits on occupational medicine and health protection in 2010
Regular audits help us to ensure consistently high standards within the BASF Group in all areas of environmental protection, safety, security and health protection. The requirements for the inspections are set out in our BASF Group Directive Responsible Care Audits. These also include a defined procedure to be followed if standards are not adhered to. When a site or plant is audited, an environmental, safety and security profile is created on the basis of clearly defined criteria. We use a matrix to show if our safety, security and environmental performance is sufficient to address the existing risk potential. If this is not the case, we stipulate measures and conduct follow-up audits on their implementation soon afterward. We carry out audits at BASF sites and companies in which BASF is a majority shareholder.
In 2010, 97 safety, security and environment audits were carried out in the BASF Group at 66 sites. BASF carried out audits relating to occupational medicine and health protection at 34 sites.
Our internal audit system complies with the standards for external auditing procedures ISO 19011 and OHSAS 18001. Worldwide, 153 BASF production sites are certified in accordance with ISO 14001. In 2010, we received an ISO 14001 certificate for the Ludwigshafen site.
Costs and provisions for environmental protection
- €729 million in overall costs for operating environmental protection facilities
- €122 million additional investment in new and improved environmental protection plants and facilities
- €665 million in provisions for environmental protection measures and remediation costs
The overall costs of operating environmental protection facilities throughout the BASF Group amounted to €729 million in 2010 (2009: €669 million). BASF invested an additional €122 million in new and improved environmental protection plants and facilities (2009: €141 million). These capital expenditures involved both end-of-pipe measures as well as integrated environmental protection measures.
Provisions established for environmental protection measures and remediation amounted to €665 million as of December 31, 2010 (December 31, 2009: €598 million).