Product stewardship commitment
For BASF product stewardship is not just an empty word but it is an integral part of our daily work to which we are committed.
Product stewardship is integrated into all of our business activities around the world. Each function and region has its own tailor-made programs, based on either functional expertise or on the needs of local farmers and communities.
However, the underlying principles of product stewardship remain constant and true around the world, irrespective of region or function, we are united in pursuing the same goal – making a real and meaningful contribution to sustainable agriculture.
It goes without saying that we meet all relevant laws, regulations and international agreements by acting in accordance with the principles of Responsible Care®, the FAO/WHO (United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organisation) International Code of Conduct on Pest Management and our own high internal standards. However, as a good corporate citizen, we want to go the extra mile to help farmers use our products in a responsible way, with due care for both human health and the environment.
Product stewardship includes regular communication about the benefits and responsible use of crop protection products and technologies, allowing us to build strong partnerships with customers, governments, business partners, non-governmental organizations and other key stakeholders.
A robust stewardship program decreases potential risks to human health and the environment.
Competency in product stewardship is a given – it is essential for us to retain our license to operate. However, excellence in product stewardship can also extend the life cycle and profitability of our existing products and open up new business revenue streams.