Management of new technologies

New technologies

  • Use of new technologies to develop products and solutions that contribute to sustainable development
  • Conclusion of NanoGEM research project and involvement in the European Union’s NanoDefine project

New technologies such as biotechnology or nanotechnology offer solutions for key societal challenges – for example, in the areas of climate protection or health and nutrition.

Our Nanotechnology Code of Conduct sets out principles for using nanomaterials. This includes our agreement to participate in safety research on nanomaterials. Over the past years, we have conducted more than 150 toxicological and ecotoxicological studies and participated in around 30 different projects related to the safety of nanomaterials. We published the results in around 55 scientific articles as well as online. Together with partners from science, politics and industry, we concluded the NanoGEM project in 2013 in Europe, in which we examined the life cycle of functionalized nanoparticles and nanocomposite materials. One of our findings was that toxicity is determined not by the size of the particles but by the properties of the substance. We have been involved in the European Commission’s NanoDefine project since 2013. In the United States, we are developing methods for the safe handling of nanomaterials along the entire value chain together with local authorities in the NanoRelease project.

In the use of biotechnology, we follow the code of conduct of EuropaBio, the European association for biotechnology industries. We constantly improve our product safety activities in the field of biotechnology in order to effectively minimize potential risks and ensure that all standards and national laws are met. Our internal risk management is based on the protection of people, animals and the environment. We implemented a scorecard system to monitor the risks of working with biotechnology. It ensures compliance with standards and transparent processes at BASF.

Information relevant to the principles of the Global Compact