SOUTHFIELD, MI, October 23, 2012 -- Employees of BASF’s Southfield, Michigan facility recently donated $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD). The donation will support BBBSMD’s “Lunch Buddies” mentoring program in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.

BASF employee Karen Cummins, left, presents a check for $5,000 to Dara Munson of Big Brother Big Sister of Metropolitan Detroit to support the non-profit organization’s “Lunch Buddies” mentoring program.

“Mentoring works,” said Karen Cummins, Business Services Manager, Coatings, for BASF in North America. “Our donation not only endorses their work but helps them to expand their capacity to provide more children with more mentors.”

BBBSMD provides mentors to nearly 1200 youth annually. Since 1989, BASF’s employees in Southfield have supported the non-profit’s mission.

“By partnering with our community supporters like BASF, we are able to further our efforts of assuring that each child in our program achieves higher aspirations, greater self-confidence and healthier relationships,” saidDara Munson, President and CEO, Big Brother Big Sister of Metropolitan Detroit.“Mentoring is a key strategy toward educational success. The donation comes at an opportune time for the agency, which now has nearly 100 youths on its waiting list.

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BASF – The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011. For more information about BASF’s North American operations,

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet



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