Inclusion of diversity

  • BASF Corporation honored in United States
  • Portion of (senior) executive positions with disciplinary responsibilities held by women at 19.1% worldwide

In order to address the various needs of our customers and markets, we rely on the best team in all areas and functions around the globe. The inclusion of diversity is an important component of our strategic talent management. It helps us to continuously improve our team’s performance and power of innovation, and increases creativity, motivation and identification with the company. This is why we are developing measures to further promote the appreciation and inclusion of diversity. Leaders play an important role here. We support them in embracing diversity and integrating it into day-to-day business. For example, specific goals and measures are developed together with leaders, such as those for recognizing and developing different kinds of talent. Employees around the world are active as ambassadors of diversity within the company, contributing significantly to an open and appreciative company culture. For its particular commitment to social diversity, BASF Corporation in the United States received the 2014 award for Top 50 Company for Diversity from the organization DiversityInc for the second time in a row.

In the BASF Group, the worldwide percentage of (senior) executive positions with disciplinary leadership responsibilities held by women was 19.1% at the end of 2014 (2013: 18.5%). In a joint initiative with all 30 DAX-listed companies, BASF signed a voluntary commitment in 2011: In Germany, we aim to raise the percentage of women in these positions from 9.8% (baseline 2010) to 15% by the end of 2020. At the end of 2014, this figure was 14.5% in Germany.

Continuing internationalization prompted us to raise our goal in 2012 for the proportion of senior executives1 with international experience to over 80%. In 2014, 83% of our senior executives had international experience and 34.3% were not German citizens.

1 The term “senior executives” refers to leadership levels 1 to 4, whereas level 1 denotes the Board of Executive Directors. In addition, individual employees can attain senior executive status by virtue of special expertise.

Work-life balance

  • Worldwide offers help combine career, family and personal life

To promote a good working environment, we provide – and continue to develop – a wide range of programs worldwide that help employees better combine their careers with family and personal life. This increases our employees’ identification with the company and bolsters our position as an attractive employer in the competition for qualified personnel. We offer, for example, diverse working models: such as flexible working hours, part-time employment and mobile working. In 2014, a total of 11.3% of BASF SE employees held part-time positions, 68.5% of which were women. Numerous BASF SE employees also made use of parental leave, including more and more men.

Combining career, family and personal life
(Total BASF SE employees: 35,848, thereof 21.4% women, as of December 31, 2014)
Combining career, family and personal life (pie chart)

1 Parental leave, including “partner months”

Our regional initiatives address the needs of our employees at a local level. At our Work-Life Management center in Ludwigshafen (“LuMit”), we offer numerous opportunities for exercise and health, employee assistance, and career, family and personal life. Our childcare facilities at the Kassel, Ludwigshafen and Münster sites can accommodate a total of 475 children. We also provide employee assistance opportunities in North America. Furthermore, employees at the Florham Park, New Jersey, site can exercise in modern fitness centers and visit the physical therapy facilities.