Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at BASF Canada
At BASF, organizational focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is not only a moral imperative but also a business imperative. We create a sense of true belonging in our workplaces by ensuring our employees are comfortable and confident to bring their most authentic selves to work each day and that our leaders value the diverse perspectives of their team members.
At BASF, we all belong to something bigger. #belongatBASF
At BASF Canada, we have developed three strategic pillars that will guide our efforts and actions in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion until the end of 2024. By creating an ambitious three-year strategic plan, our aspiration is that by 2025, diversity, equity, and inclusion will be deeply rooted in our corporate culture and systems.
Our Canadian Leadership Team’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At BASF, we create chemistry. While chemistry involves the study of elements and compounds, our chemistry in the workplace is not a scientific process, but a human one. As an organization we are continuously self-reflecting on our human chemistry in the workplace and identifying opportunities to improve and grow.
What Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Means to Us
BASF values the diversity of people. And diversity is more than just what we can see. The most visible diversity – such as age, gender, ethnicity – is complemented by less tangible and invisible differences, such as personal skills, work styles, education and experience, religion, moral values, and sexual orientation.
At BASF Canada, we:
• believe in supporting underrepresented groups – such as women, the LGBTQ2+ community, Black, Indigenous, and other racialized groups, and persons with disabilities – within our workplace and communities.
• strive for equitable workplace policies and procedures that remove bias and barriers to ensure equal opportunities for all.
With this foundation laid, BASF Canada can foster an inclusive work environment where all employees feel that they truly #belongatBASF.
BASF Canada’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Pillars: Develop, Empower & Impact
Our Plan for Meaningful Action
Our measurements of Success are:
- Selection Rate of Diverse Talent
- Development and Sponsorship of Diverse Talent
- Training Effectiveness
To achieve this, we are committed to:
- Attracting and Acquiring Top Talent
- Building Employee Competency
- Enabling Inclusive Leadership
- Workforce and Leadership Composition
- Recurring Employee Engagement and Inclusion Surveys
- Membership in Employee Resource and Development Groups
To achieve this, we are committed to employee engagement and retention through:
- Increased Transparency
- Employee Resource and Development Groups
- Financial Contributions to Diverse Charities and Non-Profits
- Employee Volunteering Hours
- Business Partner Diversity Metrics
To achieve this, we are committed to making an impact in the communities in which we operate through:
- Social and Community Engagement
- Engagement of our Business Partners
Our Employee Resource and Development Groups
Employee Resource and Development Groups (ERGs and EDGs) are a key element of BASF Corporation’s Diversity, Equity + Inclusion (DEI) strategy. Our business-focused strategy fosters an inclusive workplace based on a deeper sense of engagement and belonging for all our employees to help the Company deliver on its aspiration to be the leading chemical company for our customers.
The Company offers 13 ERGs and EDGs, each of which plays a distinct role in meeting business and constituent needs and advancing our DEI strategy. The groups include:
- African American Employee Group
- ALLchemie: LGBTQ2+ & Allies at BASF
- Asian Inclusion Network
- Awareness of Visible and Invisible Disabilities
- Black, Indigenous & Multicultural Group
- Emerging Professionals & Friends
- Latin American Employee Group
- Parents at BASF
- Regional Marketing Council
- Remote Employee Community
- Veterans Employee Team
- Women in BASF
Recognition for Our Commitment
Our diversity and inclusion initiatives continue to earn recognition from leading organizations and publications.