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Materiality analysis and sustainability issues

Identifying and assessing important topics

  • Sustainability issues identified based on materiality analysis
  • Top-priority issues: energy and climate, water, renewable resources, product stewardship, human capital development, human and labor rights and biodiversity
  • Continuous development of sustainability management based on materiality analysis

In order to identify areas that could represent opportunities or risks for our business now or in the future, we analyze issues in terms of their relevance for society and for us. For BASF, a topic is of material interest if it is considered relevant from both our stakeholders’ as well as our own perspective. For our materiality analysis in 2010, we surveyed several hundred external stakeholders with technical expertise worldwide, as well as specialists and managers from various functions within the company. The materiality matrix displays the material sustainability issues identified there. We subsequently evaluated their strategic significance and arranged them by priority. Top-priority issues were identified as energy and climate, water, renewable resources, product stewardship, human capital development, human and labor rights and biodiversity. Based on the materiality analysis, our sustainability management is continuously evolving. We plan to update our materiality matrix in 2013.

Materiality matrix
Identifying important sustainability issues
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