A fixed component of our sustainability management is continuous exchange with our stakeholders. These include our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders, as well as experts in science, industry, politics, society and media. We provide transparent communication about our activities and take on critical questions. We have a particular responsibility toward our production sites’ neighbors, and discuss current issues with them in 84 community advisory panels.
In keeping with our corporate strategy, we integrate sustainability into our day-to-day business and help our employees make their contribution to a sustainable future. We conducted information sessions, online courses, workshops and discussions on sustainability in 2013.
In order to even more closely involve our stakeholders, we established a Stakeholder Advisory Council in 2013 with various international experts from science and society together with BASF’s Board of Executive Directors. This regular meeting aims to enhance BASF’s approach to sustainability through continuous dialog.
An open exchange with consumers, nongovernmental organizations, policy makers and the public is crucial for the successful introduction of products that are based on new technologies. For example, in 2013 we discussed the results of our Nano Dialog Forum on transparent communication about nanomaterials with selected political representatives in Brussels, together with delegates from participating environmental and consumer groups, unions and companies. Furthermore, we presented the research results of the NanoGEM project on the safety of nanoparticles and nanocomposite materials to the public in Berlin.
We make information on our social standards and our conditions for production available to our customers via special online platforms.
BASF takes an active part in the United Nations Global Compact: BASF’s Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors is a member of the United Nations Global Compact Board. In the worldwide network of Global Compact LEAD, we are involved in the creation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and discussing possible global sustainability goals together with the other participants. BASF is also active in numerous local Global Compact networks. We joined the local Global Compact network in Kenya in 2013.
BASF does not support political parties. In the United States, our employees have established the BASF Corporation Employees Political Action Committee. It is an independent, federally registered association of employees which collects donations for political purposes and independently decides how these are used.