BASF partners with Caring4Girls to keep girls in school

07.11.17 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie, Member News
  • Employee volunteering forms an integral component of BASF South Africa’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
  • Underprivileged girls can miss up to 50 days of school per year due to a lack of access to adequate feminine hygiene.

Johannesburg, South Africa – 06 November 2017. BASF South Africa recently presented a donation of R54 000 to the Imbumba Foundation towards their Caring4Girls sanitary towel distribution initiative.

Over the last year, BASF employees at different sites collected sanitary pads for schoolgirls as part of an internal fundraising campaign. To match employees’ efforts, BASF added a cash donation of R54 000.

A neighbouring township school, Tembisa West Secondary School, was identified by Imbumba Foundation to receive this donation. A presentation ceremony was held at the school where BASF employees and members of the foundation handed over sanitary towels to the young girls. The cash donation will be used to supply the girls with sanitary towels over the next year.

Employee volunteering, coupled with BASF South Africa’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, is an integral component of BASF operations throughout the country.

“Social commitment is an important cornerstone of social cohesion. Our partnership with Imbumba Foundation and the Caring4Girls programme plays a pivotal role in how we can sustainably uplift and contribute to the communities in which we operate in,” says Benoit Fricard, Managing Director of BASF South Africa.

Imbumba Foundation is an established non-profit organisation that has run the Caring4Girls sanitary towels distribution programme for over five years. This nationwide initiative strives to help keep young girls in school during their monthly cycles. Research has shown that many underprivileged girls can miss up to 50 days of school per year due to lack of access to adequate feminine hygiene.

Richard Mabaso, founder of Imbumba Foundation, said: “Through the Caring4Girls programme, we are trying to provide a solution to problems that girls from across the world face daily. Right now, over 62 million girls are not in school because they cannot afford feminine hygiene products. Two million girls in South Africa on average will miss five days of school every month. Without hygiene supplies, girls stop going to school during their period and eventually fall behind and drop out. Our partnership with BASF will ensure that we can reach out to more young girls to ensure that we assist to create more inspired, confident future leaders.”

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About BASF – Country Cluster Southern Africa:
BASF was founded in South Africa, which is the hub into Sub-Saharan Africa, 50 years ago. Headquartered in Midrand, Johannesburg, the BASF Group in South Africa consists of five companies with main locations in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. BASF has five productions sites, including a world-class automotive emissions catalysts production site in Port Elizabeth and a dispersions production plant located in Durban, which is producing and exporting acrylic dispersions. Other sites include a construction chemicals production site in Westonaria. Since 2013 BASF Agricultural Specialities, former Becker-Underwood, situated in Durban, also forms part of the South African business profile. In 2015 BASF Zambia Ltd, a sales organization, with focus on the agriculture and mining business, was inaugurated in Lusaka, Zambia. At the end of 2016 Chemetall South Africa, with a production site located in Boksburg and various offices and warehouses in Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban was added to the local portfolio. BASF has a staff complement of around 1000 people in South Africa. Further information at www.basf.co.za

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.