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Who we are


Legal structure and organization of BASF Group

Our 11 divisions are aggregated into six segments based on their business models. Our divisions bear operational responsibility here and are organized according to sectors or products. They manage our 52 global and regional business units and develop strategies for the 75 strategic business units.

The regional and country units represent BASF locally and support the growth of business units with local proximity to customers. For financial reporting purposes, we organize the regional divisions into four regions: Europe; North America; Asia Pacific; South America / Africa / Middle East.

Together with the development units in our operating divisions, the three global research divisions – Process Research & Chemical Engineering, Advanced Materials & Systems Research and Bioscience Research – safeguard our innovative capacity and competitiveness.

Five service units provide competitive services for the operating divisions and sites: Global Engineering Services; Global Digital Services; Global Procurement; European Site & Verbund Management; Global Business Services (finance; human resources; environmental protection, health and safety; intellectual property; communications; procurement, supply chain and inhouse consulting services).

The Corporate Center units support the Board of Executive Directors in steering the company as a whole. These include central tasks from the following areas: strategy; finance; law and compliance; tax; environmental protection, health and safety; human resources; communications; investor relations and internal audit.

Our Business Segments

We have introduced a new segment structure with higher performance and market orientation effective January 1, 2019. It increases transparency regarding the development of our businesses, the importance of value chains and the role of our Verbund. The new structure consists of six segments:

  • Chemicals
  • Materials
  • Industrial Solutions
  • Surface Technologies
  • Nutrition & Care
  • Agricultural Solutions

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • South America, Africa, Middle East

  • Advanced Materials & Systems Research
  • Bioscience Research
  • Digitalization in Research & Development
  • Innovation Management
  • Process Research & Chemical Engineering

  • Engineering & Maintenance
  • Environmental Protection, Health & Safety
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Legal, Taxes, Insurance & Intellectual Property
  • Perspectives
  • Procurement
  • Supply Chain Operations & Information Services

  • Corporate Audit
  • Corporate Communications & Government Relations
  • Corporate Controlling
  • Corporate Development
  • Corporate Technology & Operational Excellence
  • Investor Relations
  • Senior Executive Human Resources