The best environment for our talents
Our differences make us successful
Our employees are the key to our success. Strengthening motivation and recognizing performance – This is our ambition at BASF.
We need a variety of people, backgrounds and perspectives. “Open” is one of our corporate values. At BASF, we promote an environment of openness and appreciative interaction with each other in which everyone can make the best possible contribution. We welcome all talents, regardless of gender, cultural, religious or ethnic background, sexual orientation or identity and physical ability.
The promotion of diversity across all hierarchical levels has been established at BASF for many years. It is an integral part of the corporate strategy and is anchored in the values of the BASF Group. BASF focuses on a working environment based on mutual respect, trust and appreciation. Derived from this, our global competency model and the global code of conduct provide a framework for action for our employees and managers. It states that the promotion of diversity is a behavior that we expect from all employees and managers.
BASF has had a Diversity + Inclusion Team since 2008. Experts in Ludwigshafen and in all regions work to ensure that the inclusion of diversity is part of the strategic human resources management and the HR value chain throughout the company.
In order to promote diversity and inclusion, BASF does not only rely on top-down activities. Around the world we have various employee networks that contribute to this target. These so-called ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) include, for example, groups that promote equal opportunities for women in the professional life (Women at BASF) or promote the acceptance and professional equality of LGBT workers (abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender).
Furthermore, we have established the D+I League, an exchange circle of (senior-) executives who have voluntarily agreed to advance Diversity + Inclusion in their respective divisions.
BASF is active in various national and international networks and (partner) organizations. This allows us to stay informed about current developments in the area of Diversity + Inclusion, strengthen our expertise and thematic exchange with other companies and promote the inclusion of diversity not only in our company, but also in society.
Through our membership in these initiatives and associations, we influence society: together with other member companies, we are committed to more women in management positions, for example, in the “Initiative Chefsache”. As a founding member of the ”Charta der Vielfalt”, we are committed to all dimensions of diversity in Germany and as a founding member of the foundation PrOUT@work we support the concerns of LGBTIQ people. Since 2018, BASF is one of around 150 companies to support the United Nations Global LGBTI Code of Conduct (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Intersex). In the OECD's "Business for Inclusive Growth" Initiative, BASF and about 40 other companies work towards a fair, sustainable and inclusive distribution of growth.