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  • Overall approach
    6/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      "BASF recognizes the importance of protecting the world's forests for the wellbeing of the environment and society. We acknowledge our responsibility as an actor in various value chains and therefore, strive to end deforestation within those. We want to help to achieve the SDG 15 (life on land) and call on governments to end deforestation.Consequently, the following principles shape our ambition:− We support the conservation of HCS forest, HCV areas, peatlands and equivalent ecological and culturally important landscapes connected to the origins of our supply chains"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group; UN Global Compact

      If Other Initiative, specify::
      "BASF is part of large global networks with holistic approaches to sustainable development, as well as topic-specific networks to address individual challenges. Below is a selection of networks with high importance for BASF: UN Global Compact [....] BASF was one of the founding members. World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) [...] BASF is a member since 1999."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests are essential to life on Earth. Forests hold the majority of the world's terrestrial biodiversity, regulate the water cycle, prevent soil erosion, provide clean air1 and are a living environment for endangered animals and indigenous communities. [....] As forests are also a major global carbon sink, protecting and restoring forests plays a crucial role in reducing climate change.Continuous deforestation will lead to the irreplaceable loss of biodiversity, significantly enhance climate change and disrupt the water cycle. These impacts are felt both at a local, regional and global scale."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
      High-level management
      No
      0/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: not specified
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Yes for all commodities
      0/0
      Which commodities does the committee focus on?: Palm oil; Pulp & Paper

      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: no
      "The Board of Executive Directors’ target agreement contains operational and strategic objectives. The operational targets (primarily earnings, financial, investment and operational excellence targets) cover the company’s short-term financial performance. The strategic targets relate to BASF’s medium and long-term development on the basis of the corporate strategy. They comprise targets for growth, portfolio optimization, investment and R&D strategy, digitalization, sustainability and the BASF corporate values. The achievement of operational and strategic targets is evaluated separately. The amount of the performance bonus thus takes into account the Board of Executive Directors’ performance for both the short-term and long-term success of the company."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 730 hectares restored
      "A simple idea can grow into a forestLike a seed planted in fertile soil, the best ideas grow and evolve over time.So did Mata Viva® : Back in 1984, BASF established the Mata Viva® initiative inBrazil to protect water quality, conserve soil, and create areas to preserve nativevegetation and wild life. The team’s first major achievement was to restore 128 hectares of forest along the Paraiba do Sul River, near the company’s South American chemical complex at Guaratinguetá. Over the years, Mata Viva® flourished, attracting a broad range of partners from the agricultural, business and scientific communities, all united intheir desire to foster biodiversity." [...] "730 hectares restored" - as of 2019
  • Commodity score
    45/84
    • Palm oil
      62/84
      • Commitment Strength
        26/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "According to our time bound plans we intend to by 2020 – source only sustainable palm and palm kernel oil RSPO certified sustainable as far as available on the market;by 2025 – expand these commitments to the significant intermediates based on palm oil and palm kernel oil. These include fractions as well as primary oleochemical derivatives plus vegetable oil esters."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "According to our time bound plans we intend to by 2020 – source only sustainable palm and palm kernel oil RSPO certified sustainable as far as available on the market;by 2025 – expand these commitments to the significant intermediates based on palm oil and palm kernel oil. These include fractions as well as primary oleochemical derivatives plus vegetable oil esters."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "[...] by 2020 all palm-based oils we purchase will be RSPO-certified and traceable."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "According to our time bound plans we intend to by 2020 – source only sustainable palm and palm kernel oil RSPO certified sustainable as far as available on the market;by 2025 – expand these commitments to the significant intermediates based on palm oil and palm kernel oil. These include fractions as well as primary oleochemical derivatives plus vegetable oil esters."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "the following principles shape our ambition: We support the conservation of HCS forest, HCV areas, peatlands and equivalent ecological and culturally important landscapes connected to the origins of our supply chains. − No development on HCS forests or HCV areas. Any development activity must utilize international best practice guidance from HCS Approach, from High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN) and from the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). − No development on peatland regardless of depth and strict application of best management practices for existing developments on peat as defined equivalent to the RSPO and no use of fire as a preparation of any area development within our supply chains"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "the following principles shape our ambition: We support the conservation of HCS forest, HCV areas, peatlands and equivalent ecological and culturally important landscapes connected to the origins of our supply chains. − No development on HCS forests or HCV areas. Any development activity must utilize international best practice guidance from HCS Approach, from High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN) and from the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). − No development on peatland regardless of depth and strict application of best management practices for existing developments on peat as defined equivalent to the RSPO and no use of fire as a preparation of any area development within our supply chains"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "the following principles shape our ambition: We support the conservation of HCS forest, HCV areas, peatlands and equivalent ecological and culturally important landscapes connected to the origins of our supply chains. − No development on HCS forests or HCV areas. Any development activity must utilize international best practice guidance from HCS Approach, from High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN) and from the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). − No development on peatland regardless of depth and strict application of best management practices for existing developments on peat as defined equivalent to the RSPO and no use of fire as a preparation of any area development within our supply chains"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "the following principles shape our ambition: We support the conservation of HCS forest, HCV areas, peatlands and equivalent ecological and culturally important landscapes connected to the origins of our supply chains. − No development on HCS forests or HCV areas. Any development activity must utilize international best practice guidance from HCS Approach, from High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN) and from the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). − No development on peatland regardless of depth and strict application of best management practices for existing developments on peat as defined equivalent to the RSPO and no use of fire as a preparation of any area development within our supply chains"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "We are committed to achieve traceable supply chains and establish appropriate monitoring of these principles in our supply chains to drive risk assessment and corrective actions. [....] We expect you as a supplier to BASF to increasingly address the key elements below in your supply chain. [...] You support upstream traceability to oil mill level and ultimately to plantation level for certified products to break the link between oil palm and deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We are committed to achieve traceable supply chains and establish appropriate monitoring of these principles in our supply chains to drive risk assessment and corrective actions. [....] We expect you as a supplier to BASF to increasingly address the key elements below in your supply chain. [...] You support upstream traceability to oil mill level and ultimately to plantation level for certified products to break the link between oil palm and deforestation."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "We are committed to achieve traceable supply chains and establish appropriate monitoring of these principles in our supply chains to drive risk assessment and corrective actions. [....] We expect you as a supplier to BASF to increasingly address the key elements below in your supply chain. [...] You support upstream traceability to oil mill level and ultimately to plantation level for certified products to break the link between oil palm and deforestation."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "We are committed to achieve traceable supply chains and establish appropriate monitoring of these principles in our supply chains to drive risk assessment and corrective actions. [....] We expect you as a supplier to BASF to increasingly address the key elements below in your supply chain. [...] You support upstream traceability to oil mill level and ultimately to plantation level for certified products to break the link between oil palm and deforestation."
      • Social Considerations
        12/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          “We particularly expect you as our supplier to support, embrace and enact the following ESG standards, which are based on the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact initiative, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the International Labour Organization [....] “You support the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, fight forced labor (including modern slavery and human trafficking) and child labor • You uphold the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining in accordance with applicable laws. • You treat your employees with respect and provide a workplace free of harassment or abuse of any kind, harsh and inhumane treatment, unlawful practices or discrimination.”
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: not specified

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training; Economic
          "Smallholder engagement as integral part of sustainable palm production: Partnerships in terms of smallholder projects enable BASF to support these farmers and at the same time increase the availability of sustainably produced palm oil, e.g. by offering continuous education and technical support on implementing and maintaining sustainable palm oil practices and to foster a sustainable palm oil production supply chain that is free from deforestation and competitive in the global market, while increasing the social and economic benefits for farmers."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "BASF is committed to the following actions:− Systematically evaluate sustainability topics (e.g. potential impact on forests, biodiversity criteria) as an integral part of investment decisions on the construction of new sites and the expansion of existing sites. These may include compensation measures for the loss of forests, e.g. investments in local reforestation programs. [....] Therefore, we are committed to achieve traceable supply chains and establish appropriate monitoring of these principles in our supply chains to drive risk assessment and corrective actions. We will identify measures to provide remediation in cases where BASF has directly caused or contributed to any non-compliance of FPIC in its own operations and we do expect this from our suppliers"
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Current
          "We do expect any land use change development activity to respect the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) where they hold legal, communal or customary rights in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the HCS Approach social requirements. [....] We will identify measures to provide remediation in cases where BASF has directly caused or contributed to any non-compliance of FPIC in its own operations and we do expect this from our suppliers"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        24/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "In the dynamic market environment of 2018, we purchased 127,000 metric tons of RSPO-certifi ed palm kernel oil (2016: 158,000 metric tons, 2017: 157,000 metric tons). Our share of RSPO-certifi ed sustainable palm kernel oil amounted to approximately 70% (2016: 56%, 2017: 51%)."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            In their 2019 ACOP, BASF SE report that they used 382,002 tons of palm oil, of which 157,203 tons were RSPO-certified (41.15%).
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "At the same time, we will step up our efforts to improve transparency and traceability in the supply chain. We were able to trace 90% of our overall oil palm exposure back to oil mill level in 2019."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 70%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO
            "In the dynamic market environment of 2018, we purchased 127,000 metric tons of RSPO-certifi ed palm kernel oil (2016: 158,000 metric tons, 2017: 157,000 metric tons). Our share of RSPO-certifi ed sustainable palm kernel oil amounted to approximately 70% (2016: 56%, 2017: 51%)."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 41.15%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            In their 2019 ACOP, BASF SE report that they used 382,002 tons of palm oil, of which 157,203 tons were RSPO-certified (41.15%).
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Partnership with Estee Lauder, RSPO and Solidaridad
          “BASF, The Estée Lauder Companies and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are partnering with the civil society organization Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives production in the district of Waykanan, Lampung, Indonesia.The project supports independent Indonesian smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods and their sustainable production of palm oil and palm kernel oil. It offers continuous education and technical support on implementing and maintaining sustainable palm oil practices. The project’s target is that a minimum of one-third of the supported smallholder farmers become certified according to the Smallholder Standard of RSPO at the end of three years.The project partners are collaborating with the Indonesian government to foster a sustainable palm oil production supply chain in Lampung that is free from deforestation and competitive in the global market, while increasing the social and economic benefits for farmers.”
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 0 not specified

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          "BASF is committed to the following actions:− Systematically evaluate sustainability topics (e.g. potential impact on forests, biodiversity criteria) as an integral part of investment decisions on the construction of new sites and the expansion of existing sites. These may include compensation measures for the loss of forests, e.g. investments in local reforestation programs."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          ‘We expect our suppliers to fully comply with applicable laws and to adhere to internationally recognized environmental, social and corporate governance standards (ESG standards).[...] BASF reserves the right to conduct audits or assessments to ensure your compliance and will take appropriate steps regarding our relationship with you if there is a reason for concern. BASF reserves the right to discontinue any relationship for non-adherence to international principles, failure to correct violations, or displaying patterns of non-compliance with these standards."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Not found

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Details of the mechanism: Social
          "We offer worldwide operational-level grievance and/or complaint mechanisms. We take on critical questions and listen to all grievances. We ensure that all concerns that are brought forward to us are addressed. We strive for appropriate remediation by the responsible party. We offer communication channels for all affected individuals, for own employees, business partners and their employees, and the general public affected by our operations. Our grievance hotline via e-mail or phone is another element of our global our grievance and complaints mechanism. If you would like to direct BASF’s attention to Human Rights violations in the value chain, if you have BASF-related Human Rights complaints, if you are affected in your Human Rights by BASF operations, you may reach us at [...]"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 157,203 tonnes

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 382,002 tons
          BASF SE reported their total palm oil usage in the 2019 RSPO ACOP as 382,002 tons, of which 157,203 tons were certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 14%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not stated

          Details of monitoring: Using third party verification
          "Using this risk analysis and other evaluations, we audit raw material supplier sites on sustainability standards and initiate sustainability assessments through an external service provider.Participating suppliers will now only have to complete one globally standardized form instead of multiple questionnaires. It covers relevant sustainability information provided to all partners who would otherwise need separate sustainability assessment or audits from these suppliers.In 2015 the initiative’s members conducted a total of around 5,000 sustainability assessments and audits. "
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: not found
          "BASF reserves the right to discontinue any business relationship for non-adherence to international principles, failure to correct violations, or for displaying patterns of non-compliance with these standards. This did not occur in any case in 2019."
    • Pulp & Paper *
      12/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/12
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          “We particularly expect you as our supplier to support, embrace and enact the following ESG standards, which are based on the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact initiative, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the International Labour Organization [....] “You support the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, fight forced labor (including modern slavery and human trafficking) and child labor • You uphold the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining in accordance with applicable laws. • You treat your employees with respect and provide a workplace free of harassment or abuse of any kind, harsh and inhumane treatment, unlawful practices or discrimination.”
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What percentage/number of new interests/developments/expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: Not disclosed

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Not disclosed
          "We do expect any land use change development activity to respect the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) where they hold legal, communal or customary rights in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the HCS Approach social requirements. [....] We will identify measures to provide remediation in cases where BASF has directly caused or contributed to any non-compliance of FPIC in its own operations and we do expect this from our suppliers"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We expect our suppliers to fully comply with applicable laws and to adhere to internationally recognized environmental, social and corporate governance standards (ESG standards).[...] BASF reserves the right to conduct audits or assessments to ensure your compliance and will take appropriate steps regarding our relationship with you if there is a reason for concern. BASF reserves the right to discontinue any relationship for non-adherence to international principles, failure to correct violations, or displaying patterns of non-compliance with these standards."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Not found

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Details of the mechanism: Social
          "We offer worldwide operational-level grievance and/or complaint mechanisms. We take on critical questions and listen to all grievances. We ensure that all concerns that are brought forward to us are addressed. We strive for appropriate remediation by the responsible party. We offer communication channels for all affected individuals, for own employees, business partners and their employees, and the general public affected by our operations. Our grievance hotline via e-mail or phone is another element of our global our grievance and complaints mechanism. If you would like to direct BASF’s attention to Human Rights violations in the value chain, if you have BASF-related Human Rights complaints, if you are affected in your Human Rights by BASF operations, you may reach us at [...]"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    17/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/18
    Avg. score

Profile

BASF is one of the world’s leading chemical companies, operating in over 80 countries. Its portfolio includes a wide range of products including chemicals, plastics, agricultural solutions, and even oil and gas. Palm kernel oil and its derivatives are key raw materials for BASF’s home and personal care offerings. BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and paper packaging.

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