Amanda Taylor
EHS Specialist III

“Being in manufacturing allows me to make a difference every day. I love being challenged to develop and implement solutions that improve the safety of our people, products and processes, all while continuing to provide high quality materials and innovative solutions to our customers.”

Amanda played a key role in revamping BASF’s Southfield site safety programs during a rapid growth cycle which took the employee population from 300 to more than 800 associates across four different buildings on the campus. Amanda's efforts to unify the campus through the “One Southfield” project resulted in a 230 percent increase in near miss reporting, a 75 percent increase in safety observations and a successful Responsible Care audit in 2016. Amanda also developed a business case and market analysis that identified the value and financial impact of recycling 122,000 metric tons of spent refining catalysts annually, which is now in final evaluation for execution.

Amanda leads with influence versus authority. Her leadership drove success in both the “One Southfield” project and the Responsible Care audit preparation cycle. She also led an effort for the Coatings business unit in the creation of an environmental, health and safety presentation for the Honda Corporate Citizenship Award, which BASF received in 2015. As Chair of the Southfield chapter of the Women in Business employee group, Amanda has organized networking events, speaker events, charity drives and leadership spotlight series for members. These events have involved groups including the Society of Women Engineers’ Detroit chapter and the American Chemical Society’s Detroit chapter, among others.

Her incredible enthusiasm and drive have directly influenced involvement in BASF programs that support the community. Amanda’s ambition to be successful, coupled with her ability to engage and inspire teams can be seen both inside and outside of the organization. From facilitating fundraising efforts to support the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, to organizing clothing drives for Dress for Success, Amanda strives to make a difference in the lives of others. Amanda has also participated in Detroit’s Life Remodeled program to improve neighborhoods in the area.

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