BASF Donates $500,000 for Hurricane Ida Relief and Recovery Efforts Across Louisiana

Originally published at BASF ranked No. 12 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.


On Sept. 7, BASF announced it will provide $500,000 to aid disaster relief and long-term recovery activities across Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The support includes a $300,000 donation spread across local non-profit organizations assisting in the relief and rebuilding efforts and an additional $200,000 to directly assist BASF employees impacted by Hurricane Ida.

“BASF will do its part to help team members and impacted communities in our region get back on their feet,” said Jerry Lebold, Senior Vice President and General Manager at the Geismar, Louisiana site. “We will continue to work together with the resilient people of Louisiana to help the state come back stronger than ever.”

To ensure the corporate donation has a significant effect, BASF has been engaging with community partners to assess and respond to community needs across the region. The company will continue to support these needs through in-kind services and volunteer support.

BASF also spent the last several days distributing supplies to employees who were impacted by the storm. The company offers benefits and resources to team members in many ways including emergency grants, assistance with storm clean-up and filing of insurance claims, temporary housing, interest-free loans, portable gas-powered generators and clean-up and repair products.

BASF has operations in Geismar and Vidalia, Louisiana, employing nearly 2,000 people across the state. Its location in Geismar is the largest BASF manufacturing site in North America. For more information about BASF in Louisiana, visit