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GRI and Global Compact Index

What is GRI/Global Compact?

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) was established in 1997 with the aim of developing a globally accepted framework for voluntary reporting on the economic, environmental and societal activities of organizations and companies. The guidelines were published in 2000, revised for the first time two years later and now considered to be a comprehensive set of indicators covering all dimensions of sustainable development.

Since 2003, BASF has been participating in the feedback meetings of the Global Reporting Initiative and has been working to further develop the guidelines together with experts from industry and society. The BASF Corporate Report 2003 was our first report based on the GRI guidelines. Under the auspices of the United Nations’ Global Compact initiative, NGOs, labor organizations as well as representatives from the world of business, science and politics are working closely together with the aim of forging a global economy based on the principles of sustainable development. As a Global Compact member, we report continually on our implementation of the ten Global Compact Principles. The symbol Relevant to the principles of the U.N. Global Compact within the text of the report indicates the relevance to the principles of the U.N. Global Compact.

In addition to all GRI reporting elements, including all core indicators and additional indicators, this online index also contains details of topics relevant to the Global Compact Principles. It lists references in both print and online reports. If there is no available information for individual GRI indicators, we provide a short explanation of the reasons.

More information about how we implement the ten Principles of the Global Compact
More information on the GRI can be found at www.globalreporting.org

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