(BASF SE employees: 35,411, thereof 21.4% women, as of December 31, 2013)
2 Parental leave including “partner months”
Part of what creates a good working environment is our development and expansion of a wide range of programs worldwide to help employees better combine professional and personal life. To compete for qualified employees, we respond to their differing needs and life stages. We offer, for example, diverse working models – such as flexible working hours, part-time employment and mobile working. In 2013, 10.9% of BASF SE employees held part-time positions, 68.9% of which were women. Numerous BASF SE employees also made use of their legal right to parental leave, including increasingly more men.
Employees with dependents who require home care receive counseling on how to balance care and career, covering topics such as reducing work load, switching temporarily to part time, or long-term care insurance.
Our regional initiatives address the needs of our employees at a local level. In Ludwigshafen, for example, we opened the Work-Life Management center for our employees in 2013, comprising numerous offers for sports and health promotion, employee assistance, and career and family. Starting at the end of 2013, we have expanded the capacity of company childcare at our site in Ludwigshafen from 70 to 250 children between the ages of six months and three years. Our childcare capacity in Münster is being raised to 50 children and in Kassel, we offer space for 140 children from six months to ten years of age.