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Employees

Best Team Strategy

  • Excellent people: We attract the right people and create space for their performance and personal development
  • Excellent place to work: We cultivate a working environment that inspires and connects people
  • Excellent leaders: We foster an inclusive leadership culture with mutual trust, respect and dedication to top performance

Our employees are fundamental to achieving the goals of our “We create chemistry” strategy. We want to attract the right people and support them in their development within our company. To do so, we cultivate a working environment that inspires and connects people. It is founded on inclusive leadership based on mutual trust, respect and dedication to top performance.

Strategy

Our Best Team Strategy is derived from our corporate strategy and simultaneously contributes to its implementation. We want to form the best team. To do so, we put focus on three strategic areas: excellent people, excellent place to work and excellent leaders. We want to continue improving BASF’s attractiveness on the labor market and sharpen our focus on employee development and life-long learning in all regions.

At the end of 2012, BASF had 113,262 employees (2011: 111,141); of these, 2,809 were apprentices1 (2011: 2,565). The acquisitions of Becker Underwood and Novolyte Technologies in North America added to our employee headcount. Reductions in headcount resulted from, for example, the divestiture of our fertilizer activities in Antwerp, Belgium and Ottmarsheim, France, as well as of Relius Coatings GmbH & Co. KG’s decorative paints business in Germany.

1 At BASF, the apprenticeship program trains students for technical, scientific and business vocations as well as trade and craft professions.

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Number of employees by region (as of December 31)

 

2012

%

Thereof women %

Europe

71,144

62.8

23.5

Thereof Germany

52,844

46.7

23.5

Thereof BASF SE

34,769

30.7

21.0

North America

16,917

14.9

22.6

Asia Pacific

18,128

16.0

27.2

South America, Africa, Middle East

7,073

6.3

25.4

Total

113,262

100.0

24.1