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BASF develops new method for assessing sustainability

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Mar '07
BASF has added a social dimension to its process for assessing sustainability. In the future, the company will be able to weigh up not only the environmental impact and costs of different products and manufacturing processes, but also their social implications.

The SEEbalance (socio-eco-efficiency balance) system is a further development of BASF's successful eco-efficiency analysis. BASF will discuss the innovative new process with social experts from politics and business on March 15, 2007 in Berlin.

The criteria for BASF's eco-efficiency analysis developed 11 years ago are costs and environmental impact factors such as energy and raw material consumption and emissions. The analysis helps BASF and its customers decide which products and processes are most suitable for their applications in both economic and environmental terms.

The new SEEbalance socio-eco-efficiency analysis broadens the process to include socially relevant criteria such as numbers of employees and trainees, the risk of potential occupational diseases and accidents, expenditures for investment and research, and wages and salaries.

This helps establish sustainable product and process alternatives and makes an important contribution to developing more efficient decision-making processes. The aim is to make it possible to measure and manage sustainable development in companies.

SEEbalance and the eco-efficiency analysis are part of a service package that BASF offers its customers in the area of safety, health and the environment.


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