Core regions across the world

A subsidiary of BASF - We create chemistry

Dialog and transparency We rely on open cooperation

Our business brings us into contact with various stakeholders. We feel it is important to win their acceptance for our activities. That is why we want to know their needs and expectations. We inform them of what we do: regularly, proactively and comprehensively. We communicate with stakeholders throughout the value chain.

 

Understanding stakeholders The expectations of third parties are reflected in our actions

How do individual interest groups perceive our company? What do they think about a specific project? What might be their concerns? To us it´s important to understand their positions and build trust. Dialog helps us recognize developments at an early stage and take them into account in our activities. We have established formats that suit every location and target group.

We inform our employees about current developments at staff meetings and through internal media. Surveys help us to assess and address their needs.

We regularly discuss technical matters and challenges with our partners and contractors.

We regularly carry out open days or project-related discussion and information events at our locations.

We are available as a point of contact for representatives from public administration and politics. We participate in the political debate by taking part in hearings and holding information events.

We inform through interviews, press trips, press briefings and social media activities.

We are actively engaged in national and international industry associations and support relevant initiatives.

We regularly participate in conferences, congresses and collaborate in research partnerships.

We work closely and nurture continuous dialog with BASF’s units.

Good neighbors Mutual trust creates better relationships

We are part of the local communities at our area of operations. We believe openness is also a key element in fostering good neighborly relations. Therefore, we show and explain what we do. And welcome and listen to questions. In general, people nowadays expect greater transparency from a company at their doorstep – which is why we provide regular information about our activities. Yet we also seek dialog for another reason: We believe that’s the only way trust can be created and increased.

Collaborating and having a say We state our opinions

We want to contribute to shaping the societal and political discourse – constructively and transparently. Therefore, we are involved in relevant national and international networks and associations. We exchange views with others and express our stance on the individual topics. 

We are active in organizations such as:

The World Energy Council (WEC) is a platform for discussing global, long-term issues relating to the energy industry, energy policy and energy technology. The non-governmental, non-profit organization forms a worldwide competence network. Mario Mehren, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall, is member of the Presidium of World Energy Council’s German Committee.

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers is the voice of the global upstream industry and the point of contact for regulatory authorities. Its focus is on improving safety, environmental and social standards. Wintershall is represented on various bodies, such as the Safety Committee, Geomatics Committee and Wells Expert Committee.

The Global Oil and Gas Industry Association for Environmental and Social Issues focuses on industry-specific challenges relating to sustainability. It develops, communicates and promotes methods and know-how, thus enabling the oil and gas industry to improve its ecological and social footprint. As a member, Wintershall contributes to development of instruments and sharing of best practices.

However, we also seek direct discussion with political players. That is why Wintershall has representative offices in Berlin and Brussels. Our experts there maintain an dialog: with policymakers and ministries at the national and federal state level, EU institutions, associations and non-governmental organizations. Our subsidiaries are also actively engaged at their locations.

 

We use every option for dialog and nurture contacts at all levels to understand the position of our stakeholders and to achieve the best possible representation of our interests.

Tatiana Krylova
Energy Policy and Public Affairs, Wintershall Russia

Corporate Responsibility Report Facts and figures

How much water did Wintershall use last year? What measures were taken to increase process safety? And in what ways do we demonstrate our ecological and social commitment? Since 2007, we’ve published facts and figures on that in an annual HSE report. Voluntarily and publicly available. We expanded it to include further topics in 2015. Since then, it has been published as the Corporate Responsibility Report.