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    Farming & Crop Protection Measuring Sustainability

    Manage what you measure

    We at BASF strive to enable our customers and partners, so that they can successfully manage current and future market requirements. One of the key requirements is fostering the sustainability of agricultural production systems.

    We are convinced that assessing sustainability is critical to successfully implementing certain activities and monitoring their subsequent progress. In short, our core belief is: You can only manage what you measure.

    Over the last 15 years, we have expanded our knowledge and expertise in evaluation methods. In 1996 the Eco-Efficiency-Analysis method was developed to help both our clients and us select or improve a product or process in terms of its eco-efficiency. Using Eco-Efficiency-Analysis, more than 450 studies have been successfully conducted by BASF and its partners. This has enabled us to build a responsible, fact-based decision-making method to help identify improvements in eco-efficiency. We subsequently created SEEBALANCE® by adding the social pillar.

    Over time, BASF has been gathering a detailed database that serves as a basis for ongoing case studies. Now with AgBalance™, we have expanded the existing analysis methodology - in cooperation with external partners, stakeholders and experts - to provide solutions that are firmly grounded in the realities of agriculture.

    Eco-Efficiency Analysis

    • validated by TÜV Rheinland and NSF International 
    • more than 450 studies to date


    • Eco-efficiency analysis extended by social impact
    • assesses environmental, economic and social impacts of industry products and processes


    • Holistic method for life cycle assessment in agricultural and food value chain production processes
    • validated by TÜV SÜD, DNV Business Assurance, NSF 

    AgBalance™: A clearer view of agricultural sustainability

    Designed by BASF, AgBalance™ is a tool that objectively measures the sustainability performance of agricultural products across all three pillars: economy, environment and society. 

    Perspectives for agriculture

    On 21-22 March 2013, leading experts from the agriculture and food industry, academia and societal organizations gathered in Berlin, Germany, to define and refine what sustainability assessment can do for the agricultural industry and food supply chain.

    The Eco-Efficiency Analysis

    The purpose of Eco-Efficiency Analysis is to harmonize economy and ecology. This involves carrying out an overall study of alternative solutions to include a total cost determination over the entire life-cycle.