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BASF participates in the China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD) "1+3 Corporate Social Responsibility Project", a capacity building initiative with selected suppliers in China. It has also implemented the scope 3 Value Chain greenhouse gas accounting standard under the Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Programme [*1], and implemented 'Responsible Care' guidelines with suppliers..

SCI Information

Activity types Reporting and Monitoring, Capacity building and implementation support
Organisation leading the initiative BASF
Region from which the initiative is led Europe, Germany

Overall strategic vision is from Germany, although regional teams also have a large degree of autonomy.

Supplier's location China, Global
Supply chain sectors targeted Chemicals and chemical products, Equipment and machinery, Petrochemicals

BASF sources its raw materials from more than 6,000 suppliers worldwide. Although BASF has numerous suppliers, only a limited number of large suppliers (< 1% of total amount) accounts for approx. 80% of its raw material procurement. Most of these companies are well-known energy or upstream petrochemical companies that supply BASF with the building blocks for the chemical industry such as natural gas, olefins, aromatics or fuels. In 2010, BASF purchased approximately 500,000 different raw materials and pieces of operating equipment as well as plant construction and maintenance services and logistics services. BASF Group's purchasing volume in 2010 amounted to €30.1 billion, excluding merchandise.

Program or partnership linkages CBCSD '1+3' Initative, CDP Supply Chain Program, Sustainability Consortium, WRI-WBCSD GHG Protocol Scope 3 Value Chain Standard
  • BASF is a founding member of the China Business Council for Sustainable Developments (CBCSD), through which the '1+3' Corporate Social Responsibility initiative is led [*2].
  • BASF voluntarily participates in the Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Programme.
  • BASF is a Founding Member (since March 2010) of the Sustainability Consortium, an independent organisation headquarted in the USA that works to build tools and methodologies to improve consumer product sustainability through all stages of a product's life cycle.
Policy linkages None

No legislative or governmental requirements for buyers or suppliers to undertake this action, or links to government programs.

Objective Buyer objectives:

BASF wants to act responsibly throughout the entire supply chain so that it can build stable and sustainable relationships with its business partners. Therefore it chooses suppliers not just on the basis of price, but also on their performance in the fields of environmental and social responsibility.



Supplier's drivers:
The key driver for the supplier is to meet or exceed expectations of the buyer and hence support their competitive positioning against other suppliers and maintain the commercial relationship
Date

The '1+3' Corporate Social Responsibility Project was launched in 2006.

Initiative Summary

Description of the scheme

Responsible Care Guidelines

Suppliers must comply with BASF's Responsible Care guidelines, which include a requirement that environmental impact is continuously reduced. Other Responsible Care guidelines relate to security, open communication with BASF, transport and occupational safety, product stewardship (safe procurement of raw materials), and attainment of all environmental permits, licences and registrations.

 

CBCSD 1+3 Project

In April 2006, the China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD) launched the CSR project "1+3 Corporate Social Responsibility Project" in Beijing. BASF was an key player in the design and development 1+3 Project, and led CBCSD's CSR working group. At the launch event, companies including BASF, Sinopec and Philips Electronics, and almost 50 SMEs made a commitment to CSR.

The project involves one member company of CBCSD (e.g. BASF) forming a team with three business partners along the value chain. Ideally, this would be a customer, a supplier and a logistics service provider. The aim is to promote CSR concepts by systematically supporting partners with best practices, expertise and customised solutions. The three companies then introduce the same model to three additioanl business partners along their own supply chain, thus creating a snowball effect.

Activities implemented as part of the scheme are not limited to GHG reduction measures, and have included measures as safety audits, off-site emergency response, and transportation safety. There are six BASF “1+3” partners participating in this project at present. They include Huafeng Group, Guangzhou Liby Enterprise Group Co., Ltd., Sinochem International Corporation, Beijing Plaschem Trading Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Kaipute Spandex Co., Ltd. and Zhejiang Qiming Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.  BASF customised a plan for each “1+3” partner, which was adopted to meet the needs of each enterprise and to help partners to enhance their CSR management capability and strategies. Partners were also invited to BASF’s bases, to study BASF's CSR management practices.

 

Reporting and Monitoring

BASF participates in the Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Programme and accounts for its value chain (scope 3) GHG emissions.  BASF undertakes periodic analysis (every 2-3 years) of total emissions across its entire supply chain, in order to understand and communicate the full life cycle of its products, and identify major GHG sources in the supply chain to target for further optimisation. This is done on the basis of secondary data - data is not sought from suppliers, as in BASF's experience many suppliers do not know their carbon footprint. In order to calculate emissions along the supply chain BASF uses data from a global procurement database (volumes for all products bought) (primary data) and calculate the emissions based on public available databases with average data (e.g. Plastics Europe, Ecoinvent, Boustead, ETS benchmark) (secondary data).

BASF has received external recognition for this carbon accounting work. In 2011, BASF came top in a ranking of companies based on their Carbon Disclosure Project responses. BASF was the only company to disclose emissions in all categories of its Scope 3 emissions, as well as its direct Scope 1 and 2 emissions [4] [2]. The rankings were compiled by a British NGO, the Environmental Investment Organisation. [*3]

 

Requirements on or activities undertaken by the target group

Suppliers must comply with BASF's Responsible Care guidelines, which include a requirement that environmental impact is continuously reduced. Other Responsible Care guidelines relate to security, open communication with BASF, transport and occupational safety, product stewardship (safe procurement of raw materials), and attainment of all environmental permits, licences and registrations.

Suppliers are not required to help BASF with its Scope 3 Carbon Disclosure Project reporting.

As part of the '1+3' programme the participating companies must undertake a self-assessment to identify CSR priorities, and participate in the seminars and site visits arranged as part of the capacity building efforts. '1+3' participants cover their own costs incurred through the scheme (site visits etc).

Verification/certification
Tools and resources (includes use of external platforms for capturing suppliers' data)

No information available

Impacts, Costs & Benefits

Costs

No information available

GHG Impact

No information available

Benefits

BASF has received significant recognition for its Carbon Balance, including being awarded European Responsible Care Special Award by the European Chemical Industry Council and being included in the top performers list of the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index [*6], compiled by the Carbon Disclosure Project.

To date the CBCSD 1+3 programme has reached approximately 60 companies in China. “The project helps BASF to gain an additional platform for mutual exchange with its business partners, reducing risk and strengthening long-term strategic partnerships,” said Dr. Zheng Daqing from BASF Greater China.[*7] In January 2008, the BASF "1+3" project was recognized as a best practice case of promoting corporate social responsibility by the United Nations Global Compact.

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