Member BASF SE

Products and solutions of BASF contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. More than 112,000 employees add to the success of our customers in nearly every industry and country of the world.

Our employees are key to achieving our strategic goals. Professional development, lifelong learning, the support of our leaders and promoting diversity are principles of our human resources management.

Diversity and inclusion increase both our economic success and the satisfaction of our employees. We foster diversity worldwide and have been doing so for many years. Leaders play an essential role in this. We support them in reinforcing diversity and in integrating diversity into everyday work, for example by offering our leaders diversity trainings worldwide.

Michael Heinz, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF
Michael Heinz
Member of the Board of Executive Directors

“We are committed to a working environment in which diversity is embraced and valued. And we believe that the topic of equal opportunities is of central importance in this context – which is why we support the Chef:innensache initiative.”


  • 2007: BASF signs the “Charta der Vielfalt” (diversity charter), an initiative of the German federal government
  • 2008: BASF initiates the project “Diversity + Inclusion” (D+I) to anchor diversity in the company
  • 2009: BASF starts a global ambassador network for diversity which has more than 500 participants as of today
  • 2010: BASF triggers a global D+I council with leaders who promote diversity and inclusion within the company
  • 2012: The project “Diversity + Inclusion” is embedded into the organizational structures of the Human Resources department as a permanent topic and becomes a crucial part of BASF’s global personnel strategy
  • 2013: BASF is founding member of PrOut @ work
  • 2013: BASF is listed as one of the top 50 companies for diversity by DiversityInc

HR process examples

  • BASF has set itself global goals for the promotion of diversity in its management team. By 2021, we aim to raise the overall proportion of women in positions with disciplinary leadership responsibilities from today’s 19 % to 22 % – 24 % globally, a share that reflects the percentage of women in our global workforce.
  • Since 2010, embracing diversity has been defined as a personal competence for all our employees and leaders worldwide to ensure that everyone lives up to the principles of diversity.
  • With the project “Hire for Diversity”, BASF has designed a recruitment concept to increase diversity. The main focus lies on gender balance and internationality; respective elements are integrated in every step of the recruiting process.

Selected measures

  • Careerplus – a mentoring program for (future) leaders in active family phases
  • D+I trainings for leaders and employees, special master craftsmen (“Meister”) trainings on embracing diversity
  • “Executive Diversity” – an initiative to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions
  • Support of employee networks (Employee Resource Groups)
  • Incorporating D+I requirements into human resources processes

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