Working at BASF

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 talented people, retain them in the company, and support them in their development. 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.

BASF Group employees by region
(Total: 112,206, thereof 24.5% women, as of December 31, 2013)
BASF Group employees by region (graphic)Enlarge image

1 Germany: 52,523 (46.8%), thereof women: 23.8% BASF SE: 35,411 (31.6%), thereof women: 21.4%



Our Best Team Strategy is derived from our corporate strategy and simultaneously contributes to its implementation. We want to form the best team. To achieve this, we put focus on three strategic directions: excellent people, excellent place to work and excellent leaders. We concentrate on increasing our attractiveness in worldwide labor markets, sharpening our focus on career development, and life-long learning in all regions, as well as supporting and developing our leaders.

At the end of 2013, BASF had 112,206 employees (2012: 110,782); of these, 3,060 were apprentices2 (2012: 2,809). The acquisition of Pronova BioPharma ASA and of businesses from Statoil ASA in Norway, as well as of Verenium Corporation in the United States, added to our headcount. Reductions in headcount resulted from, for example, the divestiture of Industrial Water Management France SAS, headquartered in France, and of CONICA Sports Flooring in Switzerland.

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