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Friday February 18

BASF Corporation Announces Winners of Diversity Recognition Awards

BASF Corporation has announced the winners of its Diversity Recognition Awards program, and recognized its employees' efforts to create an inclusive work environment that promotes respect and dignity. Three awards were given in Individual, Team and Site categories.

Nannie Nelson Austin, a Procurement Agent at BASF's Freeport, Texas, site was given the Individual Award. During the course of her career with BASF, Austin has led by example in encouraging the development of minority-owned supplier relationships, and has worked to help BASF develop relationships with Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) organizations. Austin also hosted the first on-site minority supplier fair at BASF's Freeport location. Most recently, she chaired the Golden Triangle Minority Business Council's Procurement Summit and EXPO, and managed BASF's first participation in the Houston Minority Business Council EXPO 2004.

The Team Award was given to the company's Southfield, Mich., Women and Business Issues (W&BI) group. In 1989, the W&BI was formed at BASF Corporation to address diversity in the ever-changing business environment. The Southfield chapter of W&BI has revitalized its programs in 2004, including developing a "Customized Communication Training" course, holding networking luncheons, issuing a newsletter, and hosting several presentations by business and functional group leaders, and guest speakers, such as Mary Blair, Commodity Manager-General Motors Worldwide Purchasing. The group also coordinated and held its annual "Taste of Diversity - Taste Fest," during which employees celebrated diversity through food. The award was accepted by Yeimy Garcia, a Six Sigma Black Belt for BASF's Coatings business in North America and chairperson of the Southfield W&BI group.

BASF's Shreveport, La., site was awarded the Site Award, which was presented to Site Manager Dan Leal. The employees at the company's Shreveport site have been instrumental in supporting diversity awareness. Led by the site's Diversity Committee, employees have written songs, shared recipes, produced plays, involved families, given speeches, and written slogans. The committee also conducted employee surveys, held "Ice Breaker" meetings to teach diversity, and held a diversity poster contest. The group also produced a film on diversity featuring interviews with employees at the Shreveport site.

According to Klaus Peter Loebbe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BASF Corporation, "Diversity is highly valued within our organization. A truly diverse work force at every level of our company will provide us with a competitive advantage and will provide our employees with meaningful opportunities to contribute and to advance."

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