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China (Mainland)


Employees are key to the successful implementation of BASF’s strategy. We want to attract and retain talented people for the company and support them in their development. To do so, we have continuously invested in employee development and sponsored a range of programs to cultivate an inspiring working environment. As of the end of 2018, BASF in Greater China had a total of 9,317 employees (2017: 8,982). 



  • Launch of BASF “Grow+” Management Trainee Program
  • Strategic partnerships with vocational colleges
  • Joint training program for full-time professional master’s candidates with ECUST


Finding new talent is essential to BASF’s human resource strategy. By offering a variety of programs for fresh graduates, BASF collaborates with Chinese universities and vocational schools to cultivate the next generation of our talent pool.

After a decade of success as an entry-level talent pipeline, the BASF “Grow” Graduate Program® was relaunched in 2018 as the “Grow+” Management Trainee Program. The program aims to identify and develop young talents with strong potential as future leaders or experts. It strengthens the validity and reliability of candidate selection by setting solid professional backgrounds, preferred competency behaviors and high leadership potential as key indicators. After on-boarding, trainees are assigned to challenging and enriching projects and duties. The importance of roles and responsibilities of senior leaders as mentors is further emphasized.

Collaboration with vocational colleges plays a vital role in securing qualified front-line technical operators for BASF. Along with its partnership with Shanghai Petrochemical Academy, first established since 2015, BASF signed strategic agreements with Shanghai Institute of Technology and Nanjing Polytechnic Institute in 2018 to further cultivate students with high technical skills and strong practical experience through vocational college education.

In 2018, BASF and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) expanded their collaboration on a joint training program for master’s candidates, to include students with backgrounds not only from chemical engineering but also from other majors such as chemistry and material science. The program provides a half-year internship at BASF after full-time classroom lectures in the first year, which composed of full-time classroom lectures in the first year and a half-year internship at BASF, the program creates a talent pipeline for both BASF production sites and laboratories.

Career development

  • #Career Day# Campaign
  • STAND-OUT talent development program

The “Career Day” Campaign was held in major offices and sites in China. 

Employee development at BASF is guided by the belief that talent is in everyone. This means development opportunities and support are open to all employees.

A new program named #Career Day# was launched in 2018 to promote diverse development opportunities within BASF and encourage colleagues to drive their own career development.

In 2018, BASF launched the new “STAND-OUT” talent development program. Based on the concept of Action Learning, it allows employees to showcase their abilities and further develop professional and leadership competencies through real business challenges under the guidance of senior leaders. It contributes to both personal growth and concrete business solutions.

Working at BASF

  • Flexible benefit plan
  • Employee assistance program
  • Trade union activities


BASF strives to create a workplace to meet employees’ needs of both personal and professional development. The company constantly reviews working conditions at both office and production sites to ensure a safe, convenient and pleasant working environment.

BASF launched a flexible benefit plan in 2018, effective in 2019[1]. The flexible benefit plan not only provides employees with a variety of benefit options, but also extends the benefits to their spouses and parents, allowing employees to personalize their benefit packages based on their individual needs.

Under the “Employee Assistance Program” (EAP) launched in mainland China in 2013, BASF has been offering psychological and emotional support to employees and their direct family members via a 24-hour consultation hotline. The calls are answered by external qualified psychotherapists and treated with strict confidentiality. In 2018, BASF's EAP piloted a new form of consultation, with psychotherapists available at the Shanghai office to provide face-to-face consulting services. In Taiwan, the program also provides employees with personal legal, financial and medical counseling in addition to psychological consultation.

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Employees actively compete and collaborate on the Sport Day held in Shanghai.

BASF’s Joint Trade Union aims to create a harmonious and enjoyable working environment for employees with various leisure activities. In September 2018, the Union held the sixth BASF Sports Day in Shanghai. Over 3,000 employees and their families from 13 sites and offices throughout the city participated in the event.

BASF was once again certified as a “Top Employer in China” by the Top Employers Institute, and named in “Top 100 Employer Excellence of China” program by 51job for the ninth consecutive year. In 2018, we were also selected as one of the "Top Graduate Employers of China 2018" by and 51job for the first time.


[1] The plan is implemented at BASF’s wholly foreign-owned enterprises in China.  

Inclusion of diversity

BASF encourages people of different backgrounds to draw on their individual perspectives and skills to grow our business. Through the inclusion of diversity, we aim to boost our teams’ performance and innovation, and increase creativity and motivation.

All employees are offered equal opportunities at BASF regardless of gender, age and nationality. In 2018, the largest proportion (61.1%) of employees at BASF in Greater China was in the 26-39 year-old range (2017: 61.3%).


Promoting diversity is part of our company culture.



  • BASF expects and promotes commitment to laws, labor standards and business ethics
  • Comprehensive system of compliance management


Compliance with national laws and the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization forms the basis of BASF’s operations around the world and in Greater China. Commitment to the highest standards of legal compliance and business ethics runs deeply through the entire organization. To this end, our globally standardized Code of Conduct summarizes important laws and corporate policies that govern the behavior of all BASF employees in their dealings with business partners, officials, colleagues and society.

At a global level, BASF’s Chief Compliance Officer reports directly to the Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and manages the further development of its global compliance organization and its Compliance Management System. He is supported in this task by more than 100 compliance officers worldwide in the regions and countries, including Greater China.

All employees are required within a prescribed time frame to take part in basic compliance training, refresher courses and special tutorials. In 2018, BASF held a series of 40 live compliance trainings sessions and tailor-made antitrust workshops in mainland China. This training program, in addition to mandatory electronic training sessions, covered more than 1,800 employees in Greater China. Besides, the legal and compliance team in Greater China was invited by business partners of BASF to share more information about BASF’s well established compliance program.

BASF particularly encourages its employees to actively and promptly seek guidance if in doubt. For this, they can consult their managers, dedicated specialist departments, and company compliance officers. BASF has also set up external compliance hotlines worldwide, including in Greater China, which employees can use – also anonymously – to report suspected or actual violations of laws or company guidelines. All hotlines are also open to the public. Each report is documented according to specific criteria, properly investigated in line with standard internal procedures and addressed as quickly as possible. The outcome of the investigation as well as any measures taken are documented accordingly and included in internal reports. A number of compliance cases have been reported and investigated in Greater China in 2018. Cases where violation or misconduct had been substantiated resulted in disciplinary actions and implementation of additional control measures.

Apart from training and investigations, a comprehensive legal and compliance risk assessment was initiated based on a systematic dialog with functional leaders focusing on key risks associated with their operation and exploring mitigations.