About this report

This integrated report documents BASF’s economic, environmental and social performance in 2012. Using specific examples, we illustrate how sustainability contributes to BASF’s success and how we as a company create value for employees, business partners, shareholders, neighbors and the public.

Sustainability is the even balance between economy, ecology and society

Content and Structure

The BASF Report combines our financial and sustainability reporting and is addressed to readers interested in both areas.


Requirements and Topics

The information on the financial position and performance of the BASF Group is based on the requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and, where applicable, the German Commercial Code as well as the German Accounting Standards (GAS).



All information and bases for calculation in this report are based on national and international standards for financial and sustainability reporting. All of the data and information for the reporting period were sourced from the responsible units using representative methods.


Audit and Evaluation

Our reporting is audited by a third party. KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft has audited the BASF Group Consolidated Financial Statements and the Management’s Analysis and has approved them free of qualification.


We create chemistry for a sustainable future.

BASF combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, making a contribution to a better future. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society.

In the following photos, we show three examples of how BASF’s products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring good nutrition and improving quality of life.

  • For the more efficient use of wind power

    Modern wind turbines are exposed to tough weather conditions: Whether wind, rain, hail, snow or heat – the power of nature puts a strain on all components. BASF products help to make constructing new turbines more efficient and operating them more cost-effective: Mortars provide a lasting, solid bond between the tower and foundation and lubricants make sure turbine engines run reliably. Fiber-reinforced epoxy systems by BASF make rotor blades robust and special foams ensure additional stability with minimal weight. BASF coating systems protect rotor blades against weather-related wear and tear. This is how wind turbines withstand even rough weather on the high seas.

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  • For turning dirty water into drinking water

    In many regions, water is a scarce resource: Almost one billion people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Membranes made from Ultrason® E 6020 P, BASF’s high-performance plastic, filter viruses and bacteria out of the water and make it drinkable. The company Vestergaard Frandsen uses Ultrason® in its LifeStraw® Family water purification system. This system converts large quantities of dirty water – for example, from puddles, rain barrels or rivers – into drinking water entirely without the use of electricity and can thus supply entire villages with clean water.

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  • For skin that loves the sun

    A walk on a beautiful sunny day – BASF’s UV filters Uvinul® and Tinosorb® protect against both UVA and UVB rays, and are easily incorporated into sunscreens and personal care products. They absorb harmful UV rays and turn them into harmless rays of heat, allowing you to enjoy sunny days without regrets.

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