Corporate Social Investment Projects
The TUTUDESK CAMPAIGN: At present, over 95 million school children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have the benefit of a classroom desk (worldwide, it is estimated at over 400m). This affects the development of the child's literacy and academic performance, as well as their ability to concentrate in class. Without the sufficient materials, it is difficult for pupils to put into practice what the teacher demonstrates at the front of the class. The Tutudesk campaign, under the patronage of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, provides durable, plastic injection-molded desk, ergonomically designed to sit comfortably on a child's lap (known as Tutu desks) to children in Sub Saharan Africa. BASF in South Africa recognized the value that an educated nation will play in the future success of the country as well as the need to demonstrate true commitment towards sustainable development in the region and is thus one of the major sponsors of the campaign. To date over 1 million desks have been distributed.
The Missionvale Care Centre: The Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth is an inter-denominational, non-profit organization committed to providing quality care and support to improve the lives of the people of Missionvale, an impoverished area of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole. The Centre houses, amongst other facilities, a child support programme, feeding programme, HIV/AIDS support programme, community center and school. BASF South Africa (Pty) Ltd contributed a further R50 000 to the Missionvale Care Centre, which supplements the donation made by BASF last year when the company contributed towards the establishment of a Grade 4 classroom at the Care Centre Academy.
BASF Kids' Lab: Kids’ Lab is an international science education program by BASF aimed at inspiring young people’s interest in natural sciences. Kids are afforded the opportunity to conduct safe, hands-on experiments with close relation to everyday life. Working in the 100m2 mobile stand, they learn how to get clean and safe water through chemistry, how to store water safely and how important water is as a resource. The overarching lesson being that they too can create solutions with chemistry. Over 2 400 children in South Africa have conducted water experiments with BASF since the launch of the programme in 2011.
Mathematics and Science Support Project: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan (NMMU) developed the Mathematics and Science Support Project (MSSP) for grade 12 learners and educators over five years to ensure that support strategies of both learners and educators are optimized through innovative technology-based teaching and learning materials. The University awarded this programme to Elandsfontein based school, Thuto- Lesedi Secondary School, with sponsorship from BASF Polyurethanes. This programme has had a positive change in the lives of hundreds of learners and educators in Port Elizabeth, the Karoo, and now for the first time in Gauteng, thanks to BASF Polyurethanes. This follows the installation of a chemistry laboratory and the restoration thereof, including the restoration of the Theoretical Physics classroom also initiated by BASF Polyurethanes previously.
The Virtual Chemistry Laboratory: The virtual chemistry laboratory is a user-friendly, safe, and technologically advanced lab, which teaches science to children and inspires to see science as an exciting career option. The Mobile Emissions Catalysts Division of BASF South Africa donated a virtual chemistry laboratory to the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative’s Science and Technology Centre. This Centre was established in a converted derelict railway shed in Uitenhage and is an initiative, which aims to encourage the study of science and technology amongst school pupils and the broader community by providing them with a facility in which to gain ‘hands-on’ experience of a wide range of science and technology-related topics. The donation to the Centre allows children to explore science in a fun way, while further establishing BASF as a leader in cutting-edge solutions.
Commercial Advance Training Scheme (CATS): Initiated by the German Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with German-owned companies operating in South Africa, this program provides opportunities to students to gain structured working experience and exposure to world-class business practices in conjunction with classroom theory, thus expediting future career development in the field of their choice. BASF in South Africa has supported this project for many years, and continues to do so with four new CATS students appointed this year.
Growing demand is putting an increasing strain on our planet. We already consume more than the Earth can regenerate. Sustainability is therefore crucial for our future. We need to balance economic, environmental and social needs to ensure a more sustainable development. Awareness of sustainability is also increasing among our stakeholders. We need to engage in an open dialogue and act together with and for our customers and other stakeholders. We partner to develop more sustainable solutions which meet society’s needs. This is the growth driver for our business.Recognizing the need to contribute to the communities in which it operates, BASF in Africa, supports various Corporate Social Investment and Corporate Social Responsibility projects.
We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation, we support our customers in nearly every industry in meeting the current and future needs of society.
BASF aims to strengthen its position as the world’s leading chemical company. We describe how we intend to achieve this in our “We create chemistry” strategy. Innovations based on chemistry will play a key role in three areas in particular: