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BASF named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2015

Chemistry company is recognized for commitment to an inclusive and innovative workplace

MISSISSAUGA, ON, November 12, 2014 – Today BASF was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2015. Recognized employers are considered leaders in offering exceptional places to work.

Mediacorp Canada Inc., the country’s largest publisher of employment periodicals, cited BASF Canada for its parental benefits, employee development and commitment to fostering an inclusive and innovative workplace. The company recently rolled-out a diversity and inclusion roadmap and introduced a diversity and inclusion council.

“We are both honoured and proud to be named one of Canada’s Top Employers for 2015,” said Carles Navarro, President of BASF Canada. "This recognition is a testament to the hard work, commitment and innovative spirit that our team demonstrates on a daily basis. It is also a very good indication that BASF Canada has made significant progress in our journey to becoming a leading employer, offering an inspiring workplace with innovative and forward-thinking programs.”

“BASF embraces diversity and we continue to seek out employees with various work and education backgrounds.” said Ron Kehler, Business Director, Canada. “Through customized training programs and engagement in agricultural industry projects we have created exciting career and development opportunities for employees.”

“The BASF culture is one of coaching where meaningful orientation, training, and development of employees are primary goals of every manager. We feel this leads to better communication, engagement, and personal growth.” said John Wegenast, National Innovation Specialist Sales Manager, Canada.

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using eight criteria: physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement. Selection was based on information from a national Top Employer application submitted by BASF Canada, together with independent research by Mediacorp. In 2013, the company was named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2014.

BASF Canada will be recognized at the Top Employer Summit in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 17, where Navarro will deliver a keynote address.

About BASF Canada

BASF Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has 670 employees at 13 production facilities and offices located across Canada. BASF Canada is a subsidiary of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany and an affiliate of BASF Corporation, Florham Park, New Jersey. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit To find out more about BASF’s activities in Canada, visit or follow us on twitter

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 about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

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