Content and Structure

  • Integrated BASF Report serves as U.N. Global Compact progress report
  • Sustainability reporting in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards
  • Financial reporting according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the German Commercial Code and German Accounting Standards (GAS)

The BASF Report combines the major financial and sustainability-related information necessary to thoroughly evaluate our performance.

We select the report’s topics based on the following reporting principles: Materiality, sustainability context, completeness, balance and stakeholder inclusion. In addition to our integrated report, we publish further information online. Links to this supplementary information are provided in each section.

Our sustainability reporting has been based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards since 2003 and, since the BASF Report 2017, the “Comprehensive” option of the Global Reporting Initiative standards.

We have been active in the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) since 2014 in order to discuss our experiences of integrated reporting with other stakeholders and at the same time, receive inspiration for enhancing our reporting. This report addresses elements of the IIRC framework by, for example, providing an illustrative overview of how we create value or demonstrating the relationships between financial and sustainability-related performance in the sections on the segments. The information in the BASF Report 2019 also serves as a progress report on BASF’s implementation of the 10 principles of the United Nations’ Global Compact and takes into consideration the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership of the Global Compact LEAD platform.

The detailed GRI and Global Compact Index can be found in the online report. It provides an overview of all relevant information to fulfill the GRI indicators, as well as how we contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1 and the principles of the U.N. Global Compact. The results of the limited assurance audit of this information can also be found here in the form of a report issued by KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft.

The information on the financial position and performance of the BASF Group comply with the requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and, where applicable, the German Commercial Code, German Accounting Standards (GAS) and the guidelines on alternative performance measures from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Internal control mechanisms ensure the reliability of the information presented in this report. BASF’s management confirmed the effectiveness of the internal control measures and compliance with the regulations for financial reporting.

Material topics along the value chain, which we identified in internal strategic discussion processes, ongoing global data analysis and dialog with shareholders, form the focal points of reporting and define the limits of this report.

Compact, Global Compact Lead Participant and Global Reporting Initiative (Photo)

1 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 1 – No poverty, SDG 2 – Zero hunger, SDG 3 – Good health and well-being, SDG 4 – Quality education, SDG 5 – Gender equality, SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation, SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy, SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth, SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities, SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13 – Climate action, SDG 14 – Life below water, SDG 15 – Life on land, SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals