Last Update:
Mar. 10, 2011
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Competitive advantages through diversity

Employee diversity

  • More than 50 implementation projects with around 4,000 employees
  • Around 2,000 employees have taken part in D+I training since 2008
  • Percentage of women in senior executive positions: 7.6%; as candidates for senior executive positions: 19%
  • Percentage of non-Germans in senior executive positions: 33.4%; as candidates for senior executive positions: 36%

The diversity of our employees helps us to react worldwide to varying customer needs. The aim of our global initiative Diversity + Inclusion (D+I) is to strengthen the culture of cooperation and appreciation in the company and take advantage of business opportunities offered by diversity. This helps us to recruit, develop and retain the best employees with exceptional professional expertise and social skills. BASF’s units carry out “D+I engagements” to develop their own D+I strategies and goals based on their own situation. Since the initiative began, around 4,000 employees have taken part in more than 50 of these implementation projects. For 2011, we are planning more than 40 new D+I engagements. Around 2,000 employees have participated in D+I training sessions since 2008. At the end of 2010, we added “inclusion of diversity” as a competence in our global evaluation system for the assessment and development of employees and managers. In 2011, we are planning new training sessions on this topic for managers worldwide.

We provide equal opportunities for all employees and are committed to the equal treatment of both men and women. We do not make any distinction between men and women when it comes to setting salaries. At the end of 2010, the percentage of women in senior executive positions in the BASF Group was 7.6% (2009: 6.5%). The percentage of non-Germans in senior executive positions in 2010 was 33.4% (2009: 32.7%), while 77.7% of senior executives had international experience (2009: 76.8%). In 2010, women made up 19% of the candidates for senior executive positions while the proportion of non-German candidates was 36%. Information relevant to the principles of the Global Compact

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BASF Group employee structure 2010
(2009 in parentheses)





Total number of employees

22.9% (22.5%)

77.1% (77.5%)

Management and professionals

24.4% (24.1%)

75.6% (75.9%)

Senior executives

7.6%  (6.5%)

92.4% (93.5%)

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