Organization of BASF Group
The BASF Group consists of eleven operating divisions, which are grouped into six segments as follows:
- Chemicals: Petrochemicals, Intermediates
- Materials: Performance Materials, Monomers
- Industrial Solutions: Dispersions & Resins, Performance Chemicals
- Surface Technologies: Catalysts, Coatings
- Nutrition & Care: Care Chemicals, Nutrition & Health
- Agricultural Solutions: Agricultural Solutions
This segment structure enables us to steer our businesses in a differentiated way according to market-specific requirements and the competitive environment. We provide a high level of transparency around the results of our segments and show the importance of the Verbund and value chains to our business success. The operating divisions, the service units, the regions and the corporate center are the cornerstones of the BASF organization. This organizational structure lays the foundation for customer proximity, competitiveness and profitable growth. BASF aims to differentiate its businesses from their competitors and establish a high-performance organization to enable BASF to be successful in an increasingly competitive market environment.
The divisions bear strategic and operational responsibility and are organized according to sectors or products. They manage the 52 global and regional business units and develop strategies for 72 strategic business units.
BASF’s regional and national companies represent the Group locally and support the growth of business units with local proximity to customers. For financial reporting purposes, we organize the regional companies into four regions: Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, as well as South America, Africa and Middle East.
To strengthen our innovation capabilities, we reorganized our global research activities in 2022 and aligned them even more closely with the needs of our customers. As part of this, we integrated downstream research into the divisions and bundled activities with broad relevance for our customers in a research division. This division is globally positioned with research centers in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.
Five service units provide competitive services for the operating divisions and sites: Global Engineering Services, Global Digital Services, Global Procurement, European Site & Verbund Management and Global Business Services (finance, human resources, environmental protection, health, safety and quality, intellectual property, communications, procurement, supply chain and in-house consulting services).
We have driven forward the bundling of services and resources in the Global Business Services unit, making greater use of the digitalization of processes. This aims to achieve annual savings of more than €200 million from 2023.
The Corporate Center supports the Board of Executive Directors in steering the company as a whole. These include central tasks from the following areas: strategy, finance and controlling, compliance and law, tax, environmental protection, health, safety and quality, human resources, communications, investor relations, corporate audit and the Net Zero Accelerator unit.
- Industrial Solutions
- Surface Technologies
- Nutrition & Care
- Agricultural Solutions
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- South America, Africa, Middle East
- Group Research
- Global Engineering Services
- Global Digital Services
- Global Procurement
- European Site & Verbundmanagement
- Global Business Services
- Corporate Development
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Legal, Compliance & Insurance
- Corporate Environmental Protection, Health, Safety & Quality
- Corporate Human Resources
- Corporate Communications & Government Relations
- Corporate Investor Relations
- Corporate Audit
- Corporate Taxes & Duties