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BASF Canada Inc. is part of the BASF Group within BASF SE, with head offices in Ludwigshafen, Germany. In North America, it operates as BASF Corporation. BASF Canada is responsible for governance of BASF Corporation’s operations in Canada, and operates on a shared services platform with other parts of the North American companies. In Canada, business units are in agricultural protection, inorganic chemicals, catalysts, intermediates, petrochemicals, construction chemicals, dispersions and pigments, paper chemicals, performance chemicals, coatings, care chemicals, performance polymers and polyurethanes DMP. Most BASF businesses operate by selling through BASF Canada to Canadian customers. A few businesses sell directly from BASF Corporation to the customer or a distributor in Canada.
Since the last reverification, BASF Canada has acquired and divested of businesses, closed sites, and had a number of key personnel changes. This reverification will review how these have affected the company and how Responsible Care has driven the changes, moving the company forward in continuous improvement, especially through the use of Responsible Care’s ethic and the Plan-Do-Check-Act process of its management system.
A more detailed description of the company, the products made at each site and other company-specific details are included in Appendix 1; a list of individuals contacted during this reverification is found in Appendix 2; and a complete list of all Findings, Opportunities for Improvement and the company’s Best Practices are found in Appendix 3. As required in the 2009 Protocol, a series of questions aimed at information gathering for the CIAC were reviewed with the company are found in Appendix 4 of this report.
This reverification team found that the Responsible Care ethic, as it pertains to internal environmental, health and safety issues and to the externalization of Responsible Care is clearly visible, well understood and entrenched in BASF Canada’s management systems. The reverification team confirmed that the Canadian Responsible Care principles and codes of practice are incorporated into the company’s internal and external standards, programs, practices and management systems in a manner that guides the daily actions and decisions of the management team and its employees. We found the company demonstrated itself very capable of identifying deficiencies through its management systems, work procedures, processes, and performance indicators, and demonstrates continuous improvement consistent with the expectations of the company’s stakeholders, employees, peers, and governments.
The Team reviewed the company’s Information Package, interviewed their management teams, employees, and some nearby facility neighbours in Windsor, ON and Blackie AB, pertaining to the company’s actions and decision-making processes. The Reverification Team’s conclusion is that the company demonstrates at the time of this verification a good understanding of the Responsible Care requirements and is to be considered as self healing in regards to all aspects of the Responsible Care ethic. The team has accepted that the company has effective management systems in place to address the issues contained in this report such that there is no need for us to return. We have therefore signed off on this reverification. The team wishes to congratulate the company on the progress it has made in addressing the findings of the previous reverification.
The reverification team recommends that the CIAC presents BASF Canada with a Responsible Care Reverification Certification at the next appropriate occasion.
Summary of Findings, Opportunities Best Practices and Extra Miles
Findings Requiring Action, Opportunities for Improvement, and Best Practices are found in the body of the text under the pertinent sections of the report and are also listed separately at the end of the report. In all, there are 2 Findings Requiring Action, 24 Opportunities for Improvement, 17 Best Practices and 1 Extra Mile. Progress on action to resolve the Findings will require follow-up at each Leadership Group Meeting, with the local community and/or Community Advisory Panel (CAP), in the company’s annual CEO re-commitment to CIAC, and, along with the decisions pertaining to the Opportunities, in the next Responsible Care re-verification. The wording of each Finding Requiring Action, Opportunity or other comments found in Appendix 3 is identical to the wording used in the body of the report to avoid any possible misunderstanding of the team’s intent.
Please refer to Appendix 3 at the end of this report for a complete list of all Findings, Opportunities for Improvement, and Best Practices noted by this team.
Signed: Roland Blondin, Team Leader Date: January 13, 2011
For more information on this or a previous re-verification or on the company’s original report for
verification of Responsible Care-in-Place, please contact your local company site or the company’s
overall Responsible Care coordinator:
Name: David M. Peters
Address: 100 Milverton Drive, 5th floor
CITY: Mississauga, ON
Postal code: L5R 4H1
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel No.: 289-360-6072
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