BASF Report 2022


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 strive to 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

  • Global targets on employee engagement and promotion of women in leadership positions
  • Focus topics: promoting diversity, inclusive leadership, continuous learning


Our employees are key to the successful implementation of BASF’s strategy. That is why we rely on our employees and leaders. We give them the tools and skills necessary to be able to offer our customers products and services tailored to their needs. We promote a working atmosphere based on mutual trust with attractive working conditions, in which employees can develop their individual skills and potential. We want to further strengthen our innovative power through the inclusion of diversity. This also positions us to meet the challenges of an increasingly rapidly changing environment, demographic change and the digital workplace. Continuous learning and individual employee development lay the foundation for this. Compensation and benefits as well as our commitment to supporting a balance between personal and professional life complete our comprehensive package. In order to continue to attract and retain talented people for 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, 2022, the number of employees increased to 111,481 employees compared with 111,047 employees as of December 31, 2021. The rise was primarily due to staff increases in Asia Pacific, especially for the new Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China. Furthermore, the Global Business Services unit contributed to a rise in Germany, Asia Pacific and South America. In addition, the investment project to expand infrastructure and production plants for battery materials at the Schwarzheide site in Germany led to a rise in the number of employees. The divestiture of the kaolin minerals business and the suspension of business activities in Russia had an offsetting impact. We employed 3,049 apprentices1 (2021: 3,028). 2,468 employees were on temporary contracts (of which 47.4% were women).

BASF Group employees by region

(Total: 111,481, of which 26.4% women, as of December 31, 2022)

1 At BASF, the apprenticeship program trains students for technical, scientific and business vocations as well as for trade and craft professions.
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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