We act responsibly as an integral part of society. Our top priorities are the safety of our employees and neighbors and the security of our plants. Our Responsible Care Management System sets out the framework for our voluntary commitments.
Strategy and management systems
Directives and requirements
- New Group directive on environmental protection with a focus on air,
noise, water and waste
- New global requirements for occupational safety and site security
BASF’s Responsible Care Management System comprises the global rules, standards and procedures for environmental protection, safety and security. Concrete specifications for implementing these measures are laid out in binding directives. These describe the pertinent responsibilities, requirements and assessment methods. We periodically conduct audits to monitor our performance and progress in Responsible Care, and use the findings to continually improve our performance.
We set ourselves ambitious goals for environmental protection, safety and security and regularly report on our progress. Our guidelines and requirements are constantly updated. In 2011, we adopted a new global Group directive on environmental protection with a focus on air, noise, water and waste, and defined several worldwide requirements for occupational safety and site security. These set, for example, mandatory limits on noise in the workplace and regulate the handling of nanomaterials.
We assess risks in areas ranging from research and production to logistics, and how these could affect the safety and security of our employees, the environment or the surrounding community. Collecting and evaluating incident data on a global basis helps us to systematically learn from mistakes and accumulate knowledge gained through experience. In our databases, we document accidents, near-misses and safety-related incidents at our sites as well as on transportation routes. We also gather data on incidents involving external contractors working for BASF.
With our global safety initiative, we foster and encourage awareness of safety and security in the workplace and safe practices for every individual. To further improve our environmental protection and safety and security systems, we also take into account the information derived from our ongoing dialog with stakeholders. BASF received several awards in 2011 for our activities in environmental protection, safety, security and health. At the Geo Responsibility Awards in Sri Lanka, we were distinguished for our safe and environmentally friendly handling of industrial waste.
- Regular audits help ensure uniformly high standards for environmental protection, safety, security and health
- BASF’s internal audit system complies with the standards for external auditing procedures ISO 19011 and OHSAS 18001
- 97 audits on safety, security and environment, 35 audits on occupational medicine and health protection
Regular audits help ensure uniformly high standards within the BASF Group for environmental protection, safety, security and health protection. We carry out audits at BASF sites and at companies in which BASF is a majority shareholder. In our Group directive for Responsible Care audits, we define, for example, a regular procedure to be followed if standards are not being adhered to. During our audits, we create an environmental, safety and security profile which shows if our performance with regard to environment, safety and security 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.
Our internal audit system complies with the standards for external auditing procedures ISO 19011 and OHSAS 18001. Worldwide, 179 BASF production sites are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 (2010: 153); this increase results mainly from the integration of the former Cognis sites.
In 2011, 97 environmental, safety and security audits were carried out in the BASF Group at 66 sites. We carried out 35 audits relating to occupational medicine and health protection at 35 sites.
Costs and provisions for environmental protection
- €850 million in overall costs for operating environmental protection facilities
- €190 million invested in new and improved environmental protection plants and facilities
- €659 million in provisions for environmental protection plants and remediation costs
The overall costs of operating environmental protection facilities amounted to €850 million in 2011 (2010: €729 million). BASF invested an additional €190 million in new and improved environmental protection plants and facilities (2010: €122 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 €659 million as of December 31, 2011 (December 31, 2010: €665 million).