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City Year Baton Rouge and BASF Geismar received Diversity Star Award

Ashley Lideau

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BATON ROUGE, LA - The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced City Year Baton Rouge and BASF Geismar as the recipients of the 2021 Diversity Star Award for practicing diversity and inclusion at their businesses and in the community.

Through this award, Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) wants to appreciate regional businesses that have established welcoming workplaces and communities through their practices and policies. While City Year Baton Rouge represented the small businesses, BASF Geismar obtained the award for the large business category.

Eric Dexter, the chair of BRAC's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, found it encouraging to see more organizations have realized the importance of diversity in their businesses.

“We are thrilled to recognize both City Year Baton Rouge and BASF for the work they are doing in their respective organizations. The Capital Region is a stronger and more welcoming place because of businesses like these," said Dexter who is also director of business development for Civil Solutions Consulting Group.

City Year Baton Rouge was recognized for continuously working to achieve educational equality with individuals from various backgrounds, whether in terms of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, culture, and nationality. Their commitment shows both in their core values such as Social Justice for All and Inclusivity, as well as implementing them through creating an Office of Equity.

BASF Geismar has also incorporated diversity and inclusion practices on a larger scale. Among the practices are programs like Female Leaders Advancing Manufacturing Excellence (FLAME), employee-led resource groups, and Supplier Diversity Program.

“This distinction is a great recognition of our team’s efforts to improve diversity and inclusion at BASF. I am proud of the inclusive culture we have built at the Geismar site and believe anyone who joins our team feels valued, respected, and connected,” said BASF Geismar senior vice president and general manager Jerry Lebold.

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