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Responsible Care Management System

Group directives and requirements

  • New Group directives for energy and emergency response
  • New global requirements for occupational safety, transportation safety and warehouse safety

We act responsibly as an integral part of society. We never compromise on the safety and security of our employees, contractors and neighbors as well as our facilities, transportation and products. Our Responsible Care Management System sets out the framework for our voluntary commitments.

Stations along the value chain
The graphic depicts the different stations along the value chain. The topics in each chapter address the station shown in dark green. (here: Transport, Production, Transport, Customers) (graphic)


BASF’s Responsible Care Management System comprises the global rules, standards and procedures for environmental and health protection, safety and security for the various stations along our value chain. Our regulations cover the transportation of raw materials, the activities at our sites and warehouses, the distribution of our products and our customers’ application of the products. Concrete specifications for implementing these measures are laid out in binding directives. These describe the relevant responsibilities, requirements and assessment methods. We regularly conduct audits to monitor our performance and progress. We use the findings from these audits for continual improvement.

We set ourselves ambitious goals for environmental and health protection, safety and security. Our guidelines and requirements are constantly updated. In 2012, we enacted two new global Group directives for energy and for emergency response, and defined new worldwide requirements for occupational safety as well as for safety in transportation and storage.

We assess risks in all areas ranging from research and production to logistics, and how these could affect the environment, the surrounding community or the safety and security of our employees. In our databases, we document accidents, near-misses and safety-related incidents at our sites as well as on our transportation routes. We also gather data on incidents involving external contractors working for BASF. Collecting and evaluating incident data on a global basis helps us to systematically learn from mistakes and accumulate knowledge gained through experience.

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Costs and provisions for environmental protection in the BASF Group (million €)





Increase due to higher expenses for the operation of facilities for environmental protection and for proportionate costs of environmental protection in plants


Investments comprise end-of-pipe measures as well as integrated environmental protection measures.


Increase mainly due to higher investments in production facilities of BASF SE


Values shown refer to December 31 of the respective year.

Operating costs for environmental protection

910 1


Investments in new and improved environmental protection plants and facilities 2

272 3


Provisions for environmental protection measures and remediation 4




Regular audits help ensure uniformly high standards within the BASF Group for environmental and health protection, safety and security. We carry out audits at BASF sites and at companies in which BASF is a majority shareholder. We have defined our regulations for Responsible Care audits in a global Group directive. 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 properly address the existing hazard potential. If this is not the case, we agree on 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, 196 BASF production sites are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 (2011: 179).

In 2012, 112 environmental, safety and security audits were carried out in the BASF Group at 74 sites. We audited 42 sites with respect to occupational medicine and health protection.

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