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As of: February 9, 2024 4:25 p.m

BASF's investments in China had come below criticism due to potential human rights violations. The German chemical firm is now promoting its shares in two joint ventures within the Uighur area of Xinjiang.

The German chemical firm BASF is drawing conclusions from allegations in opposition to a companion firm in China of supporting human rights violations. BASF will promote shares in its two joint ventures Markor Chemical and Markor Meiou Chemical in Korla, within the heart of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corporate stated. The course of was already initiated within the fourth quarter of 2023, however ought to now be accelerated.

Recently printed stories in regards to the three way partnership companion contained critical allegations “that indicate activities that are not compatible with BASF's values,” in keeping with a press release from the group, which has its headquarters in Ludwigshafen. According to its personal info, BASF has been working the 2 joint ventures with Markor in Xinjiang since 2016 and employs round 120 individuals there.

Media: Employees immediately concerned in campaigns

ZDF and Spiegel had beforehand reported that their companion Markor was considerably extra concerned within the system of oppression in opposition to the Muslim Uyghur minority in northwest China than was beforehand identified. Employees had been immediately concerned in a marketing campaign of management and repression by social gathering cadres in Xinjiang.

At the time, BASF acknowledged that it was taking the data “very seriously” and that the corporate had beforehand had no information of those actions. The firm now emphasised that, in reference to the latest stories, there was no proof that workers of the 2 joint ventures in Korla had been concerned in human rights violations. The stories solely discuss with BASF's three way partnership companion, wherein the group just isn’t concerned.

Presence in China in any other case stays unchanged

BASF's presence within the People's Republic in any other case stays unchanged, and the corporate is “fully sticking to” its enterprise actions and deliberate investments in China. BASF is at present constructing a brand new Verbund web site within the Chinese province of Guangdong for as much as ten billion {dollars}. In Korla, the corporate produced butanediol, which is used as a uncooked materials for polyesters, polyamides and polyurethanes.

China has been accused of systematically repressing Uyghurs and different Muslim minorities for years. According to human rights organizations, greater than 1,000,000 individuals are being interned in camps within the Xinjiang area. China rejects the allegations.