The role of Bayer AG’s 20-member Supervisory Board is to oversee and advise the Board of Management. Under the German Codetermination Act, half the members of the Supervisory Board are elected by the stockholders, and half by the company’s employees. The Supervisory Board is directly involved in decisions on matters of fundamental importance to the company and confers with the Board of Management on the company’s strategic alignment. It also holds regular discussions with the Board of Management on the company’s business strategy and status of its implementation.
The Chairman of the Supervisory Board coordinates its work and presides over the meetings. Through regular discussions with the Board of Management, the Supervisory Board is kept constantly informed of business policy, corporate planning and strategy. The annual budget and the consolidated financial statements of Bayer AG and the Bayer Group are submitted to the Supervisory Board to obtain its approval, which must also take the auditors’ report into account. Details are provided in the Report of the Supervisory Board in the Annual Report.