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Dialog with employee representatives

Open dialog with employee representatives is an important component of our company’s actions. If restructuring leads to staff downsizing, we work with employee representatives to develop socially responsible implementation measures. This is done in accordance with the respective legal regulations and agreements reached.

For cross-border matters, the BASF Europa Betriebsrat (European Works Council) has been responsible for employees in Europe since 2008. Network meetings at which company and employee representatives meet regularly for discussions at a regional level take place in South America and Asia.

With our corporate strategy, we are committed to both success-oriented and value-oriented leadership. We once again met with our German employee representatives in 2012 in the “Wittenberg Dialogs” to discuss the Code of Responsible Conduct for Business, which focuses on strengthening the social market economy and encouraging responsible corporate action.

Global Employee Survey

Our employees’ opinions are important to us: The feedback they provided in our Global Employee Survey helps us do justice to our claim of creating a working environment that inspires and connects people. We conducted the first Global Employee Survey in 2008 and the second in 2012. Of the employees from around 80 countries who were invited to participate, 76% completed the survey, answering questions on topics such as leadership, employee development and change management. Good results were shown, particularly in the areas of high identification with the BASF brand, high commitment to the company and a positive evaluation of occupational safety. Our employees identified room for improvement in, for example, support for their career development, topics pertaining to work-life management, and dealing with change.

Following collection of the data, the next step involves discussion of the results between employees and management to identify potential areas of improvement. The follow-up process will be evaluated in the next Global Employee Survey, which we conduct on a regular basis.