Responsible Care Management System

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.

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


  • Updated process safety strategy
  • Review of management system for process safety intensified in all regions
  • Further standardization of safety review documentation

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, activities at our sites and warehouses, and distribution of our products as well as our customers’ application of the products. At our sites, we address energy and climate protection as one of the topics covered by our energy management. Specifications for implementing these measures are laid out in binding directives that are introduced in consultation with employee representatives. These describe the relevant responsibilities, requirements and assessment methods. We regularly conduct audits to monitor our performance and progress, and apply the findings for our continual improvement.

We set ourselves ambitious goals for environmental and health protection, safety and security. Our guidelines and requirements are constantly updated. In 2014, for example, we updated our safety strategies for the continual improvement of process safety and intensified management system reviews in all regions. We also standardized the reporting of safety reviews through the use of a software program.

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


  • Short-notice audits conducted at 28 sites

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. One result of the audits showed the necessity of swiftly implementing new guidelines and processes, for example.

Our internal audit system complies with the standards for external auditing procedures ISO 19011 and OHSAS 18001. Worldwide, 191 BASF production sites are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 (2013: 200). We conducted short-notice audits on various topics worldwide in 2014, which included facility inspections and document reviews. In 2014, 121 environmental, safety and security audits were carried out at 88 sites, along with 73 short-notice audits. We audited 48 sites with respect to occupational medicine and health protection.

Costs and provisions for environmental protection in the BASF Group (in 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