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BASF is one of the world's largest chemical producers, active in 80 countries and operating close to 400 production sites. Its business segments are chemicals, materials, industrial solutions, surface technologies, nutrition and care, and agricultural solutions. Its agricultural activities include the production of fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and seed treatment products. The company is also active in both conventional plant breeding, such as through its vegetable seed business, and genetic engineering on field crops. In 2018, BASF acquired a range of businesses and assets from Bayer, including the vegetable seed subsidiary Nunhems, after the latter's purchase of Monsanto.

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Governance and strategy

#1 5.8 /10 #56


#1 11.3 /30 #62


#1 12.5 /30 #17

Social inclusion

#1 11.3 /30 #50
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Segment Rank
Agricultural inputs #7
Agricultural products and commodities #9

Segment ranking summary

BASF ranks seventh in the agricultural inputs segment, showing strengths compared to its peers. Although the company provides no evidence of leading practice in any measurement area, it is in the top four in the seed industry. The company also ranks in the top ten for agricultural product and commodity companies. In governance and strategy, the company is a top ten performer as it demonstrates a sustainability accountability mechanism for the industry but could improve its sustainability targets and stakeholder engagement. In terms of nutrition, while the company performs better than most of its peers, it lacks transparency and discloses no quantitative evidence. Furthermore, although BASF has commitments for most of its relevant environmental issues, it fails to disclose targets in all topics except direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water use. Moreover, in social inclusion, the company lags behind compared to its peers, regarding the protection of human rights and provision of decent work.

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The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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Ludwigshafen, Germany
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Publicly listed
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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