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Driving Sustainability

Sustainability is at the core of what we do. We create surface solutions with a clear value to our customers, the environment and society. 

We regard sustainability as an imperative along the entire value chain and follow these guiding principles:

  • We source responsibly
  • We produce efficiently and safely for the people and our environment
  • We drive sustainable solutions and support our customers with products and processes which help reduce emissions and save resources

We understand climate change is one of the most urgent challenges facing society and future generations. For us, climate protection is a key task and an essential part of our strategic roadmap.

At our production sites and along the entire value chain with our partners, we work continuously to reduce greenhouse emissions from our business activities.

Our core sustainability targets

  • Increase sales with sustainable solutions (Accelerator) in all business units and regions driven by innovation
  • Reduce carbon emissions along the entire value chain, in particular on raw materials, production processes, transports and customer application
Marco Benen

“Our goal is to protect the climate and to shape a sustainable future by matching our customers’ needs with CO2-reduced and reducing technologies.”

Marco Benen, Sustainability Management
Markus Piepenbrink

“At BASF’s Coatings division, we live and strive to implement BASF’s purpose ‘We create chemistry – for a sustainable future.’ We achieve growth by being an action leader for sustainability.“

Markus Piepenbrink, Head of Global Sustainability

BASF Coatings manufactures high quality paints and coatings which protect surfaces against damage from the external influences of the elements and decorate them. We are therefore making an important ongoing contribution to the sustainable use of resources.

Environmental protection, health and safety and efficient use of energy enjoy a high status in our daily work. We commit ourselves to the principles of Responsible Care®. This is demonstrated by our eagerness to achieve and maintain the following goals:

  • Zero accidents
  • Zero work related diseases
  • No negative, irreversible environmental impacts resulting from our operations and products
  • Efficient use of energy

We comply with all statutory requirements. We continuously improve our processes and products and, in doing so, we improve our safety and environmental protection performance as well as energy efficiency. We follow the principle of preventing adverse impacts on people and the environment. Unavoidable impacts are reduced to acceptable levels by the use of appropriate techniques.

Our contractors conform to our safety and environmental standards.

We actively inform our workforce and the public about the safety and environmental impacts of our corporate activity and maintain a trusting working relationship with the authorities. Safety, environmental protection and energy efficiency criteria are considered while choosing products and services.

All our actions are therefore designed with sustainability in mind, and every BASF Coatings employee is committed to this.

BASF's Coatings division drives sustainability and climate protection along the entire value chain. We contribute to BASF's corporate commitment to create chemistry for a sustainable future.

BASF Sustainability Roadmap (English)


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