Responsible Care Management System

Group directives and audits

  • New requirement implemented for safe transportation of our products on barges
  • Guideline for incident reporting made even more transparent
  • Introduction of short-notice audits at production sites in Europe

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

Stations along the value chain

The diagram 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)


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 2013, for example, we designed an even more transparent global guideline for incident reporting, and implemented a new requirement for the safe transportation of our products on barges. In addition, we set up a central database for our contaminated sites.

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 foster awareness of workplace safety and safe behavior in every individual with our worldwide safety initiatives.


Regular audits help ensure that standards are met 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 that shows if our performance 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, 200 BASF production sites are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 (2012: 196). We introduced short-notice audits throughout Europe in 2013, which included facility inspections and document reviews. We plan to conduct these audits worldwide in 2014. In the BASF Group in 2013, 132 environmental, safety and security audits were carried out at 85 sites, in addition to 22 short-notice audits at 10 sites. We audited 44 sites with respect to occupational medicine and health protection.

Information relevant to the principles of the Global Compact

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





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


Values shown refer to December 31 of the respective year

Operating costs for environmental protection



Investments in new and improved environmental protection plants and facilities1



Provisions for environmental protection measures and remediation2