BASF Report 2021


The graphic depicts the different stations along the value chain. The topics in each chapter address the station shown in light blue. (here: BASF) (graphic)

Our employees make a significant contribution to BASF’s success. 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.

At a glance


Employees around the world

  • Employee engagement and leadership impact on center stage
  • Promoting diversity and mutual respect
  • Further expansion of virtual learning and digitalization


Our employees are key to the successful implementation of BASF’s strategy. We are convinced of the value of excellent employees, leaders and working conditions, and strive to give our employees the tools and skills necessary to be able to offer our customers products and services with an even greater level of differentiation and customization. Our corporate strategy promotes a working atmosphere based on mutual trust, in which employees are given the space to optimally develop their individual skills and potential. This positions us to meet the challenges of an increasingly rapidly changing environment, demographic change and the digital workplace. In everything we do, we are committed to complying with internationally recognized labor and social standards. We want to further strengthen our innovative power with attractive working conditions and through the inclusion of diversity. Lifelong learning and individual employee development lay the foundation for this. Compensation and benefits as well as offerings to balance personal and professional life complete our diverse total offer package. In order to continue to attract talented people to our company in the future, we work continuously on BASF’s attractiveness as an employer. Our employees play an important role here as ambassadors for BASF.

Number of employees

As of December 31, 2021, the number of employees increased to 111,047 employees compared with 110,302 employees as of December 31, 2020. The rise was primarily due to staff increases in Asia Pacific, especially in connection with the formation of BASF Shanshan Battery Materials Co., Ltd., as well as for our new Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China. The divestiture of the pigments business, which affected around 2,500 employees, had an offsetting impact. We employed 3,028 apprentices1 (2020: 3,120). 2,329 employees were on temporary contracts (of which 47.6% were women).

BASF Group employee age structure

(Total: 111,047, of which 26.1% women, as of December 31, 2021)

BASF Group employees by region (graphic)
In the BASF Verbund, plants are intelligently connected. In this system, chemical processes consume less energy, produce higher product yields and conserve resources. The by-products of one plant serve as feedstock elsewhere, creating efficient value chains – from basic chemicals to high value-added solutions such as coatings or crop protection products. Our Verbund concept – realized in production, technologies, the market and digitalization – enables innovative solutions for a sustainable future.

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