Last Update: 03/12/2009
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Open dialogue

Dialogue with employee representatives

We work in partnership with elected employee representatives on a company, national and regional level. The European employee representative body of BASF SE – the BASF Europa Betriebsrat (Europe Works Council) – was formed as a result of the conversion of BASF AG to a European Company, a Societas Europaea (SE), and succeeded the former “Euro Dialogue.” The BASF Europa Betriebsrat is responsible for cross-border issues and has clearly defined rights of involvement. It comprises 23 members from 12 European countries. In Asia and South America, platforms for cooperation between BASF and employee representatives have also proven their value. The advantage of a regional approach lies in open dialogue and cooperation, which enables the diverse everyday conditions, legal situations and challenges in the different regions of the world to be
met. Relevant to the principles of the U.N. Global Compact
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Leadership feedback

At BASF, all managers receive regular feedback from their employees. In an anonymous, online questionnaire, employees assess the leadership skills and conduct of their manager. This enables managers to gain a better understanding of their personal strengths and potential improvement areas. In facilitated workshops, managers establish goals and measures together with their employees to improve teamwork and communication. The program is mandatory for all senior executives. By the end of 2008, 76.9% of our senior executives had participated in our “Global Leadership Feedback” program. The feedback processes that are still outstanding will be completed at the beginning of 2009.

Global employee survey

Key data 2008
  • 66% of employees worldwide took part in the survey.
  • The survey was conducted in 77 countries.
  • 239 BASF Group companies were involved.

First global employee survey

The opinions of our employees are important to us. Their responses to regular surveys help us to make necessary improvements to our working environment.

For the first time, regional surveys were standardized and conducted simultaneously. Between May and June 2008, employees from 77 countries and 239 BASF Group companies could anonymously take part in the survey. Worldwide, 66% of employees responded on issues such as leadership, professional and personal development, innovation culture or BASF strategy. For example, 71% of BASF employees would recommend BASF as an employer to friends and acquaintances, and 79% of our employees are convinced that BASF has an excellent reputation among the general public. Employees see room for improvement regarding support for professional development: Currently, 48% of our employees regard support programs as very good or good.

The survey furthermore measures how we implement our strategic guideline "We form the best team in industry" – for example, in the areas of collaboration and leadership. We continue to pursue our long-term goal of implementing a global survey, including a follow-up process, for the entire BASF Group. In the steps following the completion of data collection, employees and management discuss all survey results and identify potential areas for improvement.


  • Regional surveys were standardized and conducted simultaneously for the first time
  • Helping to achieve improvements to the work environment
  • Measuring acceptance of the strategic guideline "We form the best team in industry"
  • Starting in 2010, employees can evaluate implementation of measures through a follow-up survey

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