Global labor and social standards

  • Alignment with U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Adjusted management process for monitoring adherence to labor and social standards

As an integral part of society, we act responsibly toward our employees. Part of this is our voluntary commitment to respecting international labor and social standards, which we have embedded in our global Code of Conduct. This encompasses internationally recognized labor norms as stipulated in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and the Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy of the International Labour Organization (ILO). BASF is committed to upholding these standards worldwide. We mainly approach our adherence to international labor and social standards using three elements: the Compliance Program (including external compliance hotlines), close dialog with our stakeholders (such as with employee representatives or international organizations) and the global management process for the respect of international labor norms.

We completed the restructuring of our management process in 2017. A Group-wide guideline now sets out a BASF standard for compliance with international labor and social standards.1 A compliance risk management process monitors its implementation. We completed a risk-based assessment of all the countries in which BASF operates by the end of 2017. In countries where the guideline cannot be readily implemented because of national laws, rules or practices, we will evaluate to what extent meaningful adaptations can be made within the scope of local requirements. A centralized due diligence system is used to regularly assess and document this information, as well as the set targets and measures to implement the guideline. Starting in 2018, the degree of compliance with the guideline in BASF Group companies will be reviewed using internal control processes such as compliance audits.

1 The guideline provides concrete interpretations for the topics outlined in the global Code of Conduct under “Human Rights and International Labor Standards.”