Dialog with Employee Representatives

Trust-based cooperation with employee representatives is an important component of our corporate culture. Our open and ongoing dialog lays the foundation for balancing the interests of the company and its employees, even in challenging situations. In the case of organizational changes or if restructuring leads to staff downsizing, for example, we involve employee representatives to develop socially responsible implementation measures at an early stage. Our actions are aligned with the respective legal regulations and the agreements reached, as well as operational considerations. In 2019, this happened in connection with the agreed sale of the pigments business and the construction chemicals business, subject to the approval of the relevant competition authorities. The early, detailed presentation and explanation of the organizational changes in connection with the implementation of the new corporate strategy in 2019 was also a reflection of our trust-based cooperation.

By focusing our discussions on the local and regional situations, we aim to find tailored solutions to the different challenges and legal considerations for each site. The BASF Europa Betriebsrat (European Works Council) addresses cross-border matters in Europe. In South America, we foster dialog with the Diálogo Social.