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Human Rights Advisory Council

In order to systematically integrate external expertise, BASF established a Human Rights Advisory Council in 2020, in which independent and international human rights experts advise BASF.

The Human Rights Advisory Council promotes a constructive exchange on human rights, helps us to better understand different perspectives and address conflicting goals. In addition, the Council promotes the development of our human rights-related strengths as well as the potential for improvement.

BASF’s Chief Compliance Officer chairs the Council. Representatives from Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Compliance and Legal participate in the meetings. Depending on the issues on the agenda, additional representatives from e.g. Operating Divisions and Procurement attend the meetings. 

Our external members include: 


Dr. Birgit Spießhofer

Lawyer, Dentons Europe LLP and lecturer at the University of Bremen



Michael Windfuhr

Deputy Director at the German Institute for Human Rights




Andrea Shemberg

Chairman of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and co-founder Sila Advisory



Gerald Pachoud

Managing Partner of Pluto & Associates and consultant for Global Business Initiatives