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22 Sep 2017


Response by BASF

Thank you for the opportunity to share our perspective on the publication by “Brot für die Welt-Studie” about Marikana. First of all, please understand that we do not comment financial figures. From our point of view, this paper does not reflect adequately our commitment to help improve the living and working conditions, in and around Marikana.

BASF is involved on three levels to help improve the living and working conditions in and around Marikana: 

•           We are working intensively with Lonmin and, according to our capabilities, we are exerting our influence to ensure that the company complies with its legal obligations within the framework of social and work plans as well as our expectations regarding responsible business conduct of our suppliers...

•           [W]e initiated a sector initiative with other South African mining companies to help improve the situation in the platinum mining belt in South Africa.

•           We have also been intensively exchanging information on this topic with civil society and politicians in South Africa and Germany for years.

Please find more details on our activities and how we assume responsibility in our supply chain on our website: https://www.basf.com/en/company/about-us/suppliers-and-partners/sustainability-in-procurement.html#marikana