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

Social commitment

Highlights 2010

  • New Kids’ Labs opened in the United States and England
  • With more than 2,000 educational partnerships, the Knowledge Factory has reached around 440,000 children and 8,500 teachers
  • BASF Social Foundation supports UNICEF in supplying children with essential vitamins

We take on social responsibility: We are involved in diverse projects worldwide, primarily in the communities in which our sites are located. Our main focus is on access to education and on science. In this way, we promote innovative capacity and sustainability.


In 2010, the BASF Group spent a total of €49.8 million on supporting projects (2009: €48.1 million), of which we donated 29.4% (2009: 27.7%). We increased the foundation assets of the BASF Sozialstiftung (“BASF Social Foundation”) by €5 million in 2010. We also follow the principle of sustainable development in relation to our social commitment: We support initiatives that impact many people and have long-lasting effects. To do so, we work with experienced partners, such as U.N. organizations. We primarily support projects that improve access to education. Furthermore, we actively promote science as well as social, sports and cultural activities. BASF does not support political parties. In the United States, our employees have established the “BASF Corporation Employees’ Political Action Committee” (PAC). It is an independent, federally registered association of employees which pools donations from BASF employees to political candidates and independently decides how these are used. BASF operates a social business with Grameen Healthcare Trust.

Principles and criteria for support

  • Support for projects that bring long-term benefits
  • Focus on education and science
  • Activities primarily in BASF host communities
  • Cooperation with selected partners such as the United Nations

Focus on education and science

We offer Kids’ Labs at our sites in 17 countries, which were visited by a total of 38,996 children and young people in 2010. We opened new Kids’ Labs in the United States and England in 2010. Our program ReAçaõ in Brazil aims to help improve school science lessons. More than 800 teachers have attended training courses, reaching around 12,000 pupils. In Germany, BASF is a founding member of the Knowledge Factory, and together with more than 70 other companies, supports education projects, startup companies and young entrepreneurs. Since it was founded in 2005, the Knowledge Factory has entered into more than 2,000 educational partnerships with schools, reaching around 8,500 teachers and more than 440,000 children. In 2010, BASF started “Education Initiative Plus” to continue the work of the successful Education Initiative started in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan region in 2005. It aims to provide increased support to early childhood education. Overall, we now support 230 daycare centers, reaching around 18,000 children in the region.

BASF Group donations, sponsoring and own projects in 2010
(million €)

BASF Group donations, sponsoring and own projects in 2010 (pie chart)

International donation projects

The BASF team repeatedly helped victims of natural disasters in 2010. BASF and its employees worldwide donated €785,000 for the flood victims in Pakistan. For the first time, BASF Social Foundation worked together with the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). CERF distributes money to U.N. organizations helping in Pakistan. After the earthquake in Haiti, BASF provided assistance, including a €200,000 donation to UN-HABITAT to rebuild a training facility in Port-au-Prince. In the 2010 Christmas donation campaign, BASF employees in Germany donated more than €88,000 to be given to UN-HABITAT to improve water supplies at schools in Chalco, Mexico. BASF SE made a donation of €100,000 to the project as starting capital. In addition, BASF Social Foundation supports UNICEF in supplying children with essential vitamins: “Health weeks” take place in South Africa. In Uzbekistan, food producers are instructed how to supplement staple foods with vitamins. Information relevant to the principles of the Global Compact

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