Core regions across the world

A subsidiary of BASF - We create chemistry

Our approach Long-term success through responsibility

Our recipe for responsible business activities: Combination of economic, ecological and social aspects. We can only achieve lasting success if we manage to do that. Therefore, we identify the risks and opportunities associated with a project from the outset: How can we avoid negative impacts on the environment, people and society? And how can we use business opportunities? We create value with that approach.


Responsibility is one of our core values and the starting point for all our activities: We act with care, think long term and create value for us and society. In doing so, safety always has top priority for us.

Mario Mehren
Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors

We have a goal To keep on improving systematically

We want to contribute to meeting the growing energy demand in the most responsible manner. High standards and environmentally-friendly technologies are the way to do that. But we want more: be an attractive employer, reliable partner and good neighbor. We have integrated the topic of sustainability in our company-wide exploration and production management system. We are convinced that sustainability management is a continuous improvement process. The basis is regular evaluation, systematical control and implementation of our activities.

For example, we include Wintershall-specific sustainability criteria in taking investment decisions. We therefore examine the impacts of a project on the environment, health and safety of our employees, neighbors and on the respective region as a whole. We also use BASF tools such as Sustainable Solution Steering®. As part of that, we annually determine the sustainability contribution of our activities and related key challenges – according to fixed criteria.

We see the steering of sustainability aspects as a strategic responsibility. It influences all parts of the company and requires everyone´s contribution. The Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors has taken the overall responsibility for the topic.

A team positioned in the Strategy Division works to integrate sustainability topics strategically in to our core business processes.

A global group of experts from different locations and disciplines – our Sustainable Operations Community – supports them. The technical units and operational companies are responsible for subject-specific and regional measures. They best know the local needs and expectations.

Values, Vision and Mission

The principles behind our actions Simple rules guide us

The overall merit of our values, vision and mission depend on the extent to which we fill them with life in our everyday work. To ensure that, we have established six principles. These guide us – in everything we do:

  • We create value for the company’s long-term development and the society.
  • We provide sustainable solutions.
  • We minimize our ecological footprint.
  • We use resources efficiently.
  • We respect people and their rights.
  • We involve our stakeholders actively.

Know what is important Our challenges
along the value chain

Which topics are material to Wintershall and our stakeholders? To identify these, we continuously monitor trends and analyze future challenges. For example, through our own assessments and industry-specific studies. We also obtain insights from dialog events, workshops with stakeholders, and events for press and citizens. The topics of greatest relevance for us are: sustainable growth, technology and innovation, business ethics and transparency, protection of climate and environment, safety, health, employment, contractor and supplier management, stakeholder dialog and corporate citizenship.

We also support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. They define the framework for sustainability at the economic, ecological and social levels.

Our Policy for Health, Safety, Security Sustainability and Environmental Protection

The business activities of Wintershall comprise the exploration and production of natural gas and crude oil as well as the construction and operation of pipelines. We combine long-term financial success with social responsibility and protection of the environment.
Therefore, Wintershall’s management is committed to adhere to the following principles in the areas of Health, Safety, Security, Sustainability and Environmental Protection (HSE):

  • We integrate HSE into all our activities and strive for continuous improvement of our performance. As a contribution to this we set ourselves ambitious goals and develop tailor-made HSE solutions.

  • We promote and protect the health of our employees. We are committed to an extensive range of medical services, from prevention to health-promotion packages.

  • We make sure that our production plants worldwide meet high standards when it comes to process safety and occupational safety, health and environmental protection as well as drive sustainable solutions.

  • We protect our staff and our premises against attacks by third parties.

  • We rise to our responsibility for the environment and for climate protection. In this context, we shape our processes in such a way that environmental effects and the use of energy and resources are minimized.

  • We aim to be an attractive employer, reliable partner and good neighbor. That is why we take on our social responsibility and are involved in a wide range of projects in the host communities where our sites are located.

  • We are in an open and constructive dialogue with all our stakeholders.

  • We pledge ourselves to adhere to international conventions, local laws and regulations and our self-set standards with regard to protecting people and the environment.

We are convinced: "Everybody counts." – Everyone working within the Wintershall organization contributes to the implementation of this policy through their well-thought-out and dedicated action. This also applies to our contractors.
Economic success does not prevail over safety, health or environmental issues. Nothing is so urgent or so important that justifies neglecting these HSE principles.