Management’s Report

The BASF Group

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is arranged into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas.


Our Strategy

With the “We create chemistry” strategy, BASF has set itself ambitious goals in order to strengthen its position as the world’s leading chemical company. We want to contribute to a sustainable future and have embedded this into our corporate purpose: “We create chemistry for a sustainable future.”



A growing need for food, clean water and energy, limited resources and a booming world population – reconciling all these factors is the greatest challenge of our time. Innovations based on chemistry play a key role here, as they contribute decisively to new solutions. Effective and efficient research and development are a prerequisite for innovations as well as an important growth engine for BASF. We work in interdisciplinary teams on innovative processes and products for a sustainable future. This is how we ensure our long-term business success with chemistry-based solutions for almost all sectors of industry.


Investments, Acquisitions, Divestitures

In addition to innovations, investments and acquisitions make a decisive contribution toward achieving our ambitious growth goals. We are intensifying our investment in emerging markets and in North America. We use targeted acquisitions to supplement our organic growth.


Business Models and Customer Relations

BASF’s customer portfolio ranges from major global customers and medium-sized businesses to local workshops. We align our business models and sales channels with the respective customer groups and market segments. In line with our strategic principle, “We add value as one company,” we tightly bundle our products and services to target the specific needs of customers from various sectors and bring innovations more quickly to market.


Working at BASF

Our employees carry out the goals of the “We create chemistry” strategy. We want to attract and retain talented people for our 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.


Social Commitment

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


BASF Group Business Year

The BASF Group Business Year comprises the chapters on the Economic Environment, Results of Operations, Net Assets and Financial Position.


BASF’s five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas




Regional Results

The regional results describe the development in the four regions Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and South America, Africa, Middle East.


Responsibility Along the Value Chain


The Forecast comprises the Opportunities and Risks Report as well as the chapters on the Economic Environment and Outlook for 2017.