Producing our reports

From paper manufacture and printing, to logistics and dispatch, it is important that the production processes for our reports are sustainable.

The integrated BASF Report 2012 merges our financial and sustainability reporting and is mainly targeted toward financial and sustainability experts. The 232-page BASF Report 2012 is also available in an interactive online version. In addition, all BASF reports are available as PDF downloads.

Paper manufacture

We take sustainable production processes into consideration in the selection of our paper stock. Our reports are printed on paper made with ingredients from BASF Paper Chemicals, including adhesives, wet-end chemicals, dyes and pigments. The sustainability of our paper is confirmed by FSC certification: This Forest Stewardship Council seal guarantees that the wood – the major raw material used in paper production – comes from responsibly managed forestry.

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We also work with local printers, thus supporting the regional economy and minimizing transportation. With optimized printing processes, the certified firms reduce any negative effects on the environment.

What does this mean?
Our partners utilize the latest printing technology and machinery. The computer-controlled “Autoregister” system enables the production of highly accurate printing plates, and the use of image control technology for exact color reproduction ensures consistent results and significantly reduced ink consumption.

Both Autoregister and the image control technology contribute to the reduction in paper overruns and thus to a reduction in waste. Dampening rollers help reduce the amount of spirit-based solvents used in the printing process.


Transporting our reports also has an impact on the environment. Our goal is to minimize emissions from transport and dispatch through efficient logistics processes. The reports are dispatched in packaging made from recycled paper.