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1 May 2015

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The Association of Ethical Shareholders Germany

Press release: BASF challenged to share responsibility for the Marikana Massacre

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...After Seoka’s impressive and challenging address about the Marikana Massacre, the living condition of the workers and the responsibility of BASF as the main customer of Lonmin, a lot of applause was given by the Shareholders...Several Shareholders spontaneously referred in their speeches afterwards on the facts Seoka presented. “It is a disgrace to know that the majority of the people, who dig out the world’s most precious metal which BASF is processing to catalysts, work and live under inhuman conditions in the 21st century. It’s a disgrace that BASF, which bought for 450 million Euros platinum group metals from Lonmin in 2014, did nothing to share responsibility up to date.”...In his answer, the CEO of BASF, Kurt Bock, said, that “the BASF board is also disturbed at what happened in South Africa, but it’s hard for them to judge from the distance. Therefore they cannot pay anything for the demanded fund of 3,4 million Euro towards the families of the deceased...