Social commitment

Principles and criteria for support

  • Supporting projects that offer long-term benefits
  • We foster education, science, social projects, sports and cultural events in communities around BASF sites
  • Collaboration with expert partners such as the United Nations

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

BASF Group donations, sponsorship and own projects in 2013 (million €)
BASF Group donations, sponsorship and own projects in 2013 (pie chart)Enlarge image


In 2013, the BASF Group spent a total of €49.2 million supporting projects (2012: €49.0 million). Of this amount, we donated 27% (2012: 24%). We support initiatives that reach out to as many people as possible and have long-lasting impact. We foster education, science, social projects, sports and cultural events in the communities around our sites. On a regional level, we work together with universities, schools and nonprofit organizations. We support BASF Stiftung, a charitable foundation based in Germany, in its international projects with various U.N. and nongovernmental organizations.

Highlights 2013

  • “Water is Precious” recognized as a UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development project
  • Emergency relief for typhoon victims in the Philippines
  • €1.4 million donated by BASF SE and its employees for reconstruction and flood protection measures after flooding in Central Europe
  • €395,000 collected in end-of-year donation campaign

Focus on education

In 2013, 70,866 children and young people in 30 countries visited our Kids’ Labs and Teens’ Labs.

Our “Water is Precious” project was recognized as an official project of the U.N. World Decade of Education for Sustainable Development by the German Commission for UNESCO. As part of the project, we provide elementary school teachers and students with an understanding of the responsible use of water through their own experimentation.

As a founding member of the Wissensfabrik (Knowledge Factory), BASF is part of a nationwide network of more than 100 companies and foundations making a contribution to education and entrepreneurship in Germany. BASF additionally maintains over 200 educational partnerships with schools and kindergartens and provides mentors for young companies.

We expanded our early-childhood education initiative, Offensive Bildung, with two new projects in 2013. The Kinder Stärken! (Making Kids Strong!) project centers on fostering the health and resilience of children in ten day care centers in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. The Treffpunkt Familienkita (Meeting Point: Family Day Care Center) project is helping ten day care centers in Ludwigshafen grow into family day care centers, aiming to create optimal educational and development opportunities for children together with parents, day care centers and other facilities.

Furthermore, we initiated the Frühe Bildung im Austausch (Exchange on Early Education) event series in 2013 to provide a platform for professional exchange with experts on educational practice.

BASF Stiftung projects

Together with UN-HABITAT and Save the Children, BASF Stiftung began reconstruction and prevention projects in 2013 after the earthquake in the Sichuan province of China. BASF in China and its employees also supported these projects. BASF Stiftung provided a total of €300,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme and UNICEF for emergency relief measures to aid the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

BASF SE and its employees in Germany donated around €1.4 million to BASF Stiftung after the flood disaster in Central Europe to support reconstruction and flood protection measures.

The company and its employees contributed around €395,000 to BASF Stiftung in the 2013 end-of-year donation campaign. BASF Stiftung uses this money to support the educational projects of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, to aid Syrian refugee children.

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