For us, product stewardship does not end at the factory gates. We review the safety of our products along the entire value-adding chain – from raw material suppliers to our own production and finally to our customers’ use of the products. We work continually to ensure that our products pose no risk to people or the environment when they are used responsibly and in the manner intended.
We ensure uniform high standards for product stewardship worldwide and our voluntary initiatives go beyond legal requirements. We fulfill the requirements of the European Union’s chemicals legislation, including the REACH regulation. Our directives and global goals apply to all of BASF’s operative decision makers, who are responsible for implementing them. This implementation is monitored with regular audits.
We provide extensive information to our customers and the public on our chemical products with safety data sheets in more than 30 languages. This is achieved with the help of a global database containing continuously updated environmental, health and safety data on our substances and products. Our global emergency hotline network provides information around the clock. We offer our customers needs-based training in the safe use of our products, such as chemical intermediates or crop protection products.
With our global goals for risk assessment, we are supporting the implementation of initiatives such as the Global Product Strategy (GPS) of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). GPS is establishing global standards and best practices to improve the safe management of chemical substances. Internationally, we are also involved in workshops and training seminars in developing countries and emerging markets. In 2011, we contributed to GPS training workshops in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe mainly for smaller and medium-sized enterprises as well as for government and university representatives. We conducted 14 learning events around the world in 2011, bringing the total to 42 since 2008.