Dialogue with employee representatives
Using established procedures, we involve employee representatives in decision-making processes and procedures in our Group companies. If restructuring leads to staff downsizing, as it did in the course of the Ciba integration, we work with employee representatives to develop socially responsible implementation measures. This is done in accordance with the respective legal regulations and mutual agreements. In addition to the local structures for cooperation, a national body for employee representation was established in France in 2010. For cross-border matters, the BASF Europa Betriebsrat (Europe Works Council) has been responsible for employees in Europe since 2008. As a result of the higher number of employees in 2009, it was expanded to include two more representatives in 2010. BASF SE management and employee representatives at the Ludwigshafen site signed a new agreement in 2010, which includes a package of measures to increase flexibility regarding the allocation of personnel resources as well as a pledge that there will be no enforced redundancies through the end of 2015.
Feedback from our employees
- Over 1,500 measures introduced following the global employee survey in 2008
- Employees evaluated implementation of the measures in a follow-up survey in spring 2010
- Systematic feedback for managers in exempt positions will become mandatory
In the process of evaluating the results of our first global employee survey in 2008, we introduced over 1,500 measures worldwide to improve the working environment. In the follow-up survey in spring 2010, employees from 72 countries had the opportunity to assess the implementation of the measures, 62% of the employees surveyed responded. After the completion of the survey, employees and managers discuss the results and identify potential areas for improvement. There is particular focus on areas that have been evaluated critically, such as communication and how managers show involvement. We also measure the implementation of our strategic guideline “We form the best team in industry.” We will establish the global employee survey, including the follow-up process, in the entire BASF Group on a permanent basis.
In 2011, BASF SE will introduce a mandatory training program for all new managers, which will be extended to include experienced managers from 2012. Managers in exempt positions will be required to obtain systematic feedback.