Global labor and social standards

  • National law and ILO core labor standards as minimum requirement
  • Adherence to voluntary commitments evaluated using three-pronged monitoring system

Compliance with national law and the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) forms the basis of our actions. Moreover, we aim to harmonize our working conditions worldwide with our voluntary commitments, the relevant ILO conventions, and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, as well as with local requirements like industry standards. In countries where national laws, rules and customs deviate from international standards, we are challenged with finding appropriate solutions by engaging in dialog with the relevant stakeholders. We evaluate our adherence to our voluntary commitments using a three-pronged monitoring system introduced throughout the BASF Group. It consists of the following instruments:

  • External compliance hotlines
  • Annual survey of our Group companies
  • Close dialog with our stakeholders, such as with employee representatives and international organizations

In 2014, our external compliance hotlines received 127 calls relating to human rights, 116 of which pertained to labor and social standards. Misconduct was identified in 21 cases. Countermeasures were taken in all of these cases. The results of the annual survey conducted at our Group companies reflect the working conditions of 100% of our employees in 2014. If the findings indicate that our voluntary commitments are not being sufficiently implemented, we investigate this information and introduce remedial measures. In order to better evaluate worldwide compliance with international labor and social standards, we conduct regional risk analyses for our businesses every year, including in 2014. We are constantly enhancing and refining our risk management.

Survey of ILO core labor standards / human rights 2014



Process implemented

Effectiveness of the process


Some of our employees are working in countries that have national legal restrictions with respect to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Prevention of child labor



Verification of age of employee when hired


Employees are over 15 years of age when hired

Prevention of forced labor



Employment contract based on employee’s voluntary agreement


Employees have a right to unilateral termination of the employment contract

Prevention of discriminination



Personnel policies based on objective criteria


In 2014, we received 22 calls. Misconduct was not identified

Employees’ right to freedom of association



No company measures to fundamentally restrict freedom of association


Employees are working at a company in which employee representation exists

Employees’ right to collective bargaining



No company measures to fundamentally restrict freedom of collective bargaining


Employees are working at a company in which working conditions are based on a collective contract and employee representation exists