BASF West Africa recognized as Top Employer Nigeria for its exceptional employee offerings BASF South Africa recognized as a Top Employer in South Africa for the fourth consecutive year and receives Industry Leader: Chemicals Sector certification Johannesburg, South Africa -7 October 2015: At a gala ceremony held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand South Africa on Thursday, 1 October 2015, BASF West Africa received certification as Top Employer Nigeria in the Top Employer Institute’s Africa category. The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognizes leading employers around the world: those that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organization, and which strive to continuously optimize employment practices. Integral to the Top Employers programmeis that participating companies must complete a stringent research process and meet the required high standard in order to achieve the certification. Topics covered include: Talent Strategy; Workforce Planning; On-boarding; Learning & Development; Performance Management; Leadership Development; Career & Succession Management; Compensation & Benefits; and Organizational Culture. To further reinforce the validity of the process, all answers were independently audited, meaning this research has verified that BASF West Africa has outstanding employee conditions which has earned them a coveted spot among a select group of certified Top Employers. Since establishing its office in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2012, the global chemical company’s West African presence has made a significant impact in the industry. But it is for its remarkable employee offerings that BASF West Africa is now being recognized. According to Andrew Bailey, Managing Director, BASF West Africa, this certification serves as confirmation that BASF West Africa operates to global standards both externally and internally. “At BASF we are continuously working to optimise our employee conditions and westrive to recruit, retain and attract the best employees,” he said. “Our focus is on fostering the individual's unique talents and meeting that person’s development objectives in the best possible manner, thereby allowing BASF's corporate objectives to be fulfilled at the same time. Only by fully leveraging the potential of our employees can we meet the constantly changing requirements of our business,” he said. According to Joan-Maria Garcia-Girona, Vice President and Head of BASF Business Center South Africa and Sub-Sahara, the company has a strong focus on developing its employees. “We want to enable employees to strengthen their contribution to the company’s success by having the right people at the right time at the right place,” he said. “We believe talent is in everyone and we develop all groups of employees throughout all levels to grow within the company,” he said. At the same certification ceremony, BASF South Africa was,for the fourth consecutive year, certified as one of the top employers in South Africa, and for the second consecutive year, the company was placed as the “Best in Industry” in the Chemical Sector. According to Prabashnie John, Head of Human Resources for BASF in South Africa & Sub-Sahara, specific focus is placed on creating a culture of learning and development. “Under the banner of being the ‘Best Team’, specific focus is placed on ensuring that we have excellent people, excellent leaders and an excellent place to work,” she said. “The premise of BASF’sValue Proposition (The Power of Connected minds) encompasses our four Employer Brand Fundamentals: Connecting, Engaging, Caring and Learning. Being certified as the Top Employer once again reinforces that we are an industry leader when it comes to our people offerings,” she said. According to Samantha Crous, Regional Director South Africa and Benelux for the Top Employers Institute, optimal employee conditions ensure that people can develop themselves personally and professionally. “Our comprehensive research concluded that BASF South Africa and BASF West Africa provide an outstanding employment environment and offers a wide range of creative initiatives, from secondary benefits and working conditions, to performance-management programmes that are well thought out and truly aligned with the culture of their company”, she said. ENDS Caption for accompanying photograph: Managing Director of BASF West Africa, Andrew Bailey, and BASF HR Business Partner responsible for BASF East Africa, BASF West Africa, External/Internal Sales and BASF Uganda, Rene Rautenbach, receive the Top Employer Nigeria award from Samantha Crous, Top Employers Institute Regional Director South Africa and Benelux at the recent Top Employers Institute gala ceremony. About BASF in South Africa & Sub-Sahara BASF has been doing business in South Africa over 45 years. Headquartered in Midrand, Johannesburg, the BASF Group in South Africa consists of five companies with locations in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town, including a world-class automotive emission catalysts production site in Port Elizabeth. A regional sales hub for Eastern Africa, BASF East Africa Ltd., was established in Kenya in mid-2011. In July 2012 BASF West Africa Ltd, a new regional office, was opened in Lagos, Nigeria, in order to serve the West African market. BASF also recently invested in a dispersions production plant in Durban, which is producing acrylic dispersions since third quarter of 2012. Since 2013 former Becker-Underwood, now BASF Agricultural Solutions, also forms part of our group in South Africa. Recently BASF inaugurated its new production plant for concrete admixtures in Nairobi, Kenya. The local group’s portfolio includes chemicals, plastics, coatings, dispersions, agricultural products, and nutrition. BASF products are used for industrial applications in various sectors e.g. paper, packaging, and leather, detergents, cosmetics, construction, mining, agriculture, and automotive industries. The local groups’ employee complement is around 1000 people. For further local information, visit www.basf.co.za. About BASF At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of over €74 billion in 2014 and around 113,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.