Sustainable Development Policy

We at Bayer carefully develop products and services specifically designed to benefit people. In this endeavor, we are committed to achieving the economic, ecological and social responsibility objectives of Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development is a globally accepted approach to sustaining economic growth without harming our planet or exhausting its resources while improving the quality of life for its current and future inhabitants.

We believe that practicing Sustainable Development makes good business sense. In all our operations we consider each of these actions in making business decisions that demonstrate our commitment to the global Sustainable Development effort:


Our business is the means by which we combine human ingenuity and natural resources to benefit mankind. Hence, economic responsibility dictates that we manage our business profitably to help drive economic growth and prosperity. We believe that innovation is essential to achieving sustainable economic success. We also invest extensively in research, development and new technologies as a foundation for future success.

Active, open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders

Bayer is committed to continually improving our ecological performance in accordance with the Global Charter Responsible Care as our product lines and related manufacturing operations evolve. We will continue to monitor how our operations impact the environment and strive for continuous improvements. The health and safety of our employees, neighbors, customers, consumers and stakeholders are paramount, as is our continued stewardship of the environment and the quality and safe handling and use of our products.

We will continue to address our social responsibilities through our commitment to help our employees, customers and community neighbors meet their changing personal and professional needs. We also will monitor and address the impact our business has on our plant neighbors, local communities and global society. To this end, we will continue to seek an active, open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders in appropriate forums. The Bayer Values and Leadership Principles are based on preserving and honoring the fundamental rights of every individual. Bayer will continue to seek to promote and protect human rights as defined in internationally accepted humanitarian standards set forth by the United Nations1.

This Sustainable Development approach to conducting our business aligns with Bayer’s Mission Statement: “Bayer: Science For A Better Life.”2 To assure that we continue to demonstrate continual improvement in the Economic, Ecological and Social Responsibility pillars of Sustainable Development, we have introduced customized management systems to monitor and control progress, document the achievement of objectives, and optimize employee efforts in these areas. And we remain committed to truthfully report on our sustainability performance to all interested parties.!


See “Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations,” December 1948


See Corporate leaflet “Bayer: Science For A Better Life,” July 2004

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Group-wide organization

Group-wide Organization and Group Responsibilities
As a strategic task with long-term implications, sustainability management is a task for the entire Bayer Group. As such, it can only be carried out jointly with the subgroups and service companies. Accordingly, a Corporate Sustainability Board forms the heart of the sustainability management structure of the Bayer Group. This Board makes decisions on setting objectives, strategies and major initiatives and the need to communicate internally and externally.

The Corporate Sustainability Board is chaired by the Group Management Board Member responsible for Technology, Innovation & Environment. Subgroups and service companies are represented by management board members responsible for Technology, Innovation and Environment. Corporate members are the Head of Environment & Sustainability, the Head of Corporate Human Resources & Organization, and the Head of Corporate Communications.

The Corporate Sustainability Board is supported by the SD Planning Group, chaired by the head of the corporate unit Environment & Sustainability. The SD Planning Group is an interdisciplinary team comprising the heads of relevant functions in the subgroups and service companies and representatives from appropriate corporate departments.


Responsibilities of the subgroups and service companies
Responsibilities and tasks in the sustainability area are structured in a business-specific manner for the purposeful implementation of sustainability practice in each subgroup and service company. The subgroups and service companies are responsible for

1. Policies, objectives and strategies based upon decisions of the Corporate
    Sustainabiliy Board
2. HSEQ Management systems and audits
3. Management of opportunities and risks
4. Responsible Care programs and initiatives

Last updated: February 25, 2015 Copyright © Bayer AG