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									Sustainable Development

August 2004

BASF voted the most environmentally friendly company in Germany’s Dax 30 share
A recent poll carried out by German research institute Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach
revealed that Germans view BASF as the most environmentally friendly company in the
country’s Dax 30 share index. Asked to list which companies make a particularly big contribu-
tion to environmental protection, 28 percent of respondents named BASF and acknowledged
above all the group’s commitment to keeping rivers, such as the Rhine, clean. The survey
was commissioned by German business magazine Impulse, resource recovery and recycling
group Duales System Deutschland and the country’s ZDF TV channel.

Eco-efficiency analysis compares disposable and reusable crockery
A new eco-efficiency analysis has investigated the use of disposable and reusable dishes for
catered events and canteens. The analysis compared dishes made of plastic and coated
cardboard with ones made of glass, china and metal. The analysis found that catering packs
made of cardboard and polystyrene used at a catered event were more eco-efficient than
reusable dishes. Disposable crockery is not only cheaper than the reusable alternative, it also
performs better in certain environmental categories, too. The results were different for can-
teen use: based on eco-efficiency analysis criteria, reusable dishes are superior to dispos-
able ones in most categories from an environmental and cost point of view. Assuming a 3
percent breakage rate, catering packs made of cardboard are just as eco-efficient as reus-
able dishes. The recently published analysis shows that as far as catering packs are con-
cerned, reusable dishes have no overall advantage over disposable ones, and vice versa.
When looking for an eco-efficient alternative, specific product use is the decisive factor.

Transparency in the value-adding chain for salmon
BASF is participating in a database project that allows the provenance of salmon to be traced
(traceability) from the fish farm to the supermarket shelf. The project, called TELOP (Tech-
nology Development for Profitable Fish Farming), is supported by the Norwegian government
and is intended to provide detailed information on all stages of salmon farming and process-
ing. It involves companies at all stages of the value-adding chain from animal feed manufac-
turers to salmon farms and processing companies to retail distributors. As a manufacturer of
feed additives, such as vitamins, amino acids or the carotenoid astaxanthin, BASF is part of
the value-adding chain.

Long-term business relationship helps children in Africa
As part of a cooperative venture with Moroccan oil producers, BASF is supplying vitamin A to
fortify edible oil. This business partnership is part of BASF’s “Food Fortification” project,
which has been running for two years. Together with local partners, BASF is developing new
techniques for fortifying basic foodstuffs with vitamin A and for increasing the shelf life of
these fortified foods. This will make a substantial contribution to fighting vitamin deficiency
symptoms. Particularly in children, lack of vitamin A can lead to blindness, anemia, lung dis-
ease or immune deficiency and significantly increases the mortality rate.

BASF Pakistan joins Transparency International
BASF Pakistan has joined the Pakistani Chapter of
Transparency International, the NGO waging a worldwide
campaign against corruption and bribery. In its Memoran-
dum of Understanding, BASF Pakistan committed itself to
high ethical standards and a management policy that will
not tolerate corruption. The signing ceremony took place
on 18 May in Karachi in the presence of a Transparency
International delegation and BASF employees.

ETHOS Institute: BASF Brazil a leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR)
At the UNCTAD XI conference held in São Paulo (Brazil) in mid-June, Brazil’s Instituto Ethos
de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social (Ethos Institute of Companies and Social Responsi-
bility), presented its report “The commitment of companies to the Millennium Development
Goals” to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The study examined the contribution
made by companies towards attaining the UN’s millennium development goals. The report
acknowledged BASF Brazil as a leader in the field of corporate social responsibility. Among
the group’s six initiatives described in the report are a health passport that enables pregnant
women to have prenatal examinations, education and training programs for youngsters and
reafforestation schemes.

VEhRA and BASF vacation program receives award from German chancellor Gerhard
German volunteer agency VEhRA and BASF are the joint organizers of the new “Kids on
Tour” vacation program this summer, which offers children between the ages of 6 and 12 an
attractive summer vacation program in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The program, which
caters to the needs of working parents, operates flexible hours (7.30 am to 6 pm), and thus
makes it easier for parents to organize childcare during the summer vacation. In July, the
startsocial initiative awarded “Kids on Tour” a prize – presented by chancellor Gerhard
Schröder at the federal chancellery in Berlin – for the promotion of social and volunteer work. (available only in German)

China Special                                                                                   .

Innovation prize awarded to young Chinese scientists
BASF East Asia’s prize for the promotion of sustainable development is awarded for out-
standing performance in the field of innovative research and development in chemistry. The
prize was presented to four young scientists at the 2003/2004 congress of the Chinese
Chemical Society. The prizewinners’ research integrated scientific innovation with the eco-
nomic, environmental and social aspects of sustainable development.

BASF cooperation to lowering emissions through improved fuel quality
On June 23, BASF and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
(CRAES) signed an agreement to establish a strategic alliance in the fuel sector. The two
sides will collaborate to build an engine test center in Beijing to monitor the quality of Chinese
vehicle fuels. Given the rapid rise in vehicle numbers in large Chinese cities, exhaust emis-
sions will need to be reduced significantly. BASF plans to help improve fuel quality and moni-
tor emissions.

Plastic lowers gasoline consumption of Chinese automobiles
China’s First Auto Works (FAW) is the country’s first car manufacturer to use thermoplastic air
intake manifolds (AIM). The new part, which significantly reduces fuel consumption compared
with metal manifolds, are made from the BASF plastic Capron®. The first cars to contain the
new part are expected to come off the production line in mid-2004.

BASF organizes Sustainable Development Forum in China
BASF launched a symposium on sustainable development in the chemical industry in Shang-
hai at the end of March. 250 delegates from business and government as well as experts in
the field of sustainable development discussed existing procedures and future collaborative
ventures in China. The forum also highlighted the commitment of local and overseas compa-
nies in implementing sustainable development.

Contact                                                                                          .
Dr. Brigitte Dittrich-Krämer
BASF Aktiengesellschaft
Sustainability Center

Tel: +49 621 60-58068
Fax: +49 621 60-95873


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