Diversity and Inclusion:
Our differences make us successful 

At BASF, we welcome all talents regardless of gender, cultural, religious or social background, sexual orientation or identity, origin or physical integrity.


Diversity and Inclusion are cornerstones of our corporate values of creativity, openness, responsibility, and entrepreneurial spirit.

BASF’s Diversity and Inclusion programs foster an inclusive workplace encouraging real engagement among all our employees to help us deliver on our aspiration to be the leading chemical company for our customers.

June is global Pride Month, when people around the world show their support for the LGBTQI+ movement in many ways. BASF also raises the rainbow flag, a symbol of the movement.  We support numerous employee resource groups focusing on LGBTI topics. They offer employees the opportunity to exchange views on LGBTQI+ issues, raise awareness and actively advocate for diversity

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Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of BASF SE, responsible for the divisions Corporate Legal, Compliance, Tax & Insurance, Corporate Development, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Corporate Human Resources and Corporate Investor Relations
Openness is one of our values and is crucial to our success. As a global company, we promote diversity and are committed to treating one another with respect at BASF. All employees should feel welcome and accepted, regardless of gender, age, origin and other characteristics. I call on everyone to stand up for tolerance and equal opportunities in their environment.” 

Dr. Martin Brudermüller

Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE

How we promote diversity

Our employees are key to our success. We need a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to offer our customers the best solutions.Our leaders play a key role in implementing our values. We support them with training offers about how to deal with each other and lead in a fair and motivating manner. The company-wide inclusion of diversity is also an essentaial component of strategic human resources work.


What our colleagues say about diversity

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BASF is involved in various regional and international networks as well as (partner) organizations, initiatives and associations. Our goal is to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk of a diverse and inclusive workplace.

In 2020 BASF reaffirmed its active commitment to the UN Global Compact (UNGC) at the occasion of the UN General Assembly. On September 21, BASF has been announced as a Global Compact LEAD company for its ongoing engagement in the UNGC and for its Ten Principles for responsible business. As a new commitment, BASF Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Martin Brudermüller, endorsed the CEO Statement of Support for the UN Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs).These offer guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. The WEPs are informed by international labor and human rights standards and grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment. 


Since 2018, BASF has been a member of the United Nations’ global code of conduct for LGBTIQ. In the global Business for Inclusive Growth initiative BASF and ca. 40 other companies partner up with the OECD and G7 for a fair, sustainable and inclusive growth path.


In North America, BASF is active in several educational partnerships as well as association partnerships and programs and offers a Supplier Diversity Program to build and strengthen relationships with certified diversity-owned businesses. To learn more, please click here.

In Germany, BASF is part of Initiative Chefsache to campaign for more women in leadership positions together with other companies. As a founding member of Charta der Vielfalt we support all dimensions of diversity in Germany. As a founding member of the foundation PrOUT@work, we support the matters of LGBT*IQ people (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Intersex).

In Brazil, BASF has committed itself to several institutions working on strengthening human rights.

In Australia, BASF actively participates in the Champions of Change Coalition for achieving gender equality, and is a corporate member of Diversity Council Australia, an independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Last Update September 15, 2022