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Products

Product stewardship

  • We review the safety of our products from research to production and finally to our customers’ use of the products
  • Global directives with uniformly high standards
  • Workshops on global product strategy conducted with chemical industry representatives in Chile, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, and Vietnam

For us, product stewardship does not end at the factory gates: We review the safety of our products from research to production and finally to our customers’ use of the products. We work continually to ensure that our products pose no risk to people or the environment when they are used responsibly and in the manner intended.

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

Strategy

We ensure uniformly high standards for product stewardship worldwide and our voluntary initiatives go beyond legal requirements. We monitor the implementation of our guidelines with regular audits.

We provide extensive information on our chemical products to our customers and the public with safety data sheets in more than 30 languages. This is achieved with the help of a global database containing continuously updated environmental, health and safety data on all our substances and products. Our global emergency hotline network provides information around the clock. We offer our customers needs-based training in the safe use of our products, such as crop protection products or chemicals for the production of plastics.

With our global goals for risk assessment, we are supporting the implementation of initiatives such as the Global Product Strategy (GPS) of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). GPS is establishing worldwide standards and best practices to improve the safe management of chemical substances. Internationally, we are also involved in workshops and training seminars in developing countries and emerging markets. In 2012, for example, we instructed chemical industry representatives in Chile, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, and Vietnam on GPS. In order to facilitate public access to information, BASF is involved in the setup of an ICCA online portal, in which we provide around 350 GPS safety summaries.