Last Update:
March 1, 2012

Competitive advantages through diversity

Employee diversity

  • More than 90 implementation projects with around 7,400 employees since 2008
  • Since 2008, around 3,200 employees have attended Diversity + Inclusion training
  • Percentage of executive positions held by women worldwide: 16.2%
  • Percentage of non-German senior executives: 33.0%

With the Diversity + Inclusion (D+I) initiative, our goal is to further strengthen the culture of cooperation and appreciation within the company. This helps us to gain the best-possible position in the different markets where we are active and to make ourselves even more competitive around the world. Since this initiative began in 2008, around 7,400 employees have taken part in more than 90 implementation projects, 30 of which took place in 2011. So far, around 3,200 employees have attended Diversity + Inclusion training sessions.

“Inclusion of diversity” is part of the global competence profile used for the assessment and development of employees and managers. In 2011, we developed two special management training seminars on this topic. As an employer, we provide equal opportunities for all employees and are committed to the equal treatment of both men and women. At the end of 2011, the percentage of executive positions in the BASF Group held by women was 16.2% worldwide (2010: 15.5%). Together with all of the other 29 DAX-listed companies, BASF signed a voluntary commitment in 2011. In Germany, we aim to raise the percentage of women in executive positions from 9.8% (baseline 2010) to 15% by the end of 2020. At the end of 2011, the percentage of executive positions held by women in Germany was 10.9%.

The percentage of non-Germans in senior executive positions worldwide was 33.0% in 2011 (2010: 33.4%), while 79.7% of senior executives had international experience (2010: 77.7%). The percentage of non-German candidates for senior executive positions was 38% (2010: 36%).

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BASF Group employee structure 2011 (as of December 31)



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