Last Update:
March 1, 2012

German Corporate Governance Code

BASF accords great importance to good corporate governance. Therefore, BASF supports the German Corporate Governance Code, which is regarded as an important tool in the capital market-focused continuing development of corporate governance and control, and advocates responsible corporate governance that focuses on sustainably increasing the value of the company.

BASF SE follows all recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code in its most recently revised version of May 2010. This also applies to the Code’s new recommendations regarding the composition of the Board of Executive Directors and the Supervisory Board as well as in the staffing of executive positions. The joint Declaration of Conformity 2011 of the Board of Executive Directors and Supervisory Board of BASF SE is rendered at the end of this section.

In the same manner, BASF fulfills nearly all of the non-obligatory suggestions of the German Corporate Governance Code. We have not implemented the suggestion to enable shareholders to follow the proceedings of the entire Shareholders’ Meeting online. The Shareholders’ Meeting is openly accessible to all via online broadcast until the end of the speech by the Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors. The subsequent discussion of items on the agenda is not accessible online in order to preserve the character of the Shareholders’ Meeting as a meeting attended by our shareholders on-site. The Supervisory Board’s annual variable compensation component based on earnings per share is aligned with long-term profit increases insofar as the earnings per share required to attain the same variable compensation increase annually. This creates an incentive to devote particular attention to the company’s long-term development and sustainably increase its enterprise value in the shareholders’ interests.

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