It is becoming increasingly important for globally operating companies to assess sustainability practices within their supply chains. BASF supports its customers in their efforts to promote sustainability along their entire supply chain by carrying out audits based on the “Together for Sustainability” (TfS) process in addition to its own internal audits. Recently, the dispersions production site in Cengkareng, Indonesia, was successfully audited as part of the TfS initiative. Independent inspectors from SGS, one of the world's leading companies in the fields of inspection, testing, verification and certification, verified the sustainability performance of the site against a pre-defined set of criteria.
Among other aspects, the inspectors assessed the handling and disposal of chemicals and wastewater treatment at the Cengkareng site. The safety plan designed to protect BASF staff, contractors and neighbors, plant and occupational safety as well as employment conditions received positive ratings. In Cengkareng, approximately 190 employees produce dispersions for the Asian market. These are used for architectural coatings, construction chemicals, fiber bonding, adhesives and paper coatings.
“Sharing assessment and audit results with our customers enhances our business relationships and gives us the opportunity to jointly drive sustainability along the value chain. Through independent audits such as that on our dispersions site in Cengkareng, we are demonstrating how we are implementing our high standards at a global level and, in this way, reconciling economic success with social and environmental responsibility,” said Christoph Hansen, Senior Vice President of the Regional Business Unit Dispersions & Resins Europe.
Global standardization of assessments and supplier audits
In order to assess their suppliers, customers need criteria that are globally uniform, verifiable, and not specific to any company. In 2011, companies of the chemical industry, including BASF, founded the “Together for Sustainability” initiative to standardize assessments and audits of suppliers to the chemicals industry at a global level. The certifications help to control and optimize sustainability along the entire supply chain.
For further information on the TfS initiative and the involvement of BASF, please visit: www.basf.com/en/together-for-sustainability.
About BASF‘s Dispersions & Pigments division
The Dispersions & Pigments division of BASF develops, produces and markets a range of high-quality pigments, resins, additives and polymer dispersions worldwide. These raw materials are used in formulations for coatings and paints, printing and packaging products, construction chemicals, adhesives, fiber bondings, plastics, paper as well as for electronic applications such as displays. With its comprehensive product portfolio and its extensive knowledge of the industry, the Dispersions & Pigments division offers its customers innovative and sustainable solutions and helps them advance their formulations. For further information about the Dispersions & Pigments division, please visit www.dispersions-pigments.basf.com.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information at www.basf.com.