Ratings, Ranking Lists and Awards from the Years 2009 to 2014

Our sustainability commitment to our employees, the environment and the community and our corporate sustainability performance continuously receives recognition from outside organizations. The awards, ratings and rankings below are a selection of recent honors in the areas of sustainability and social commitment, in alphabetical order.

Bayer’s Sustainability Performance

Access to Medicine Index – Bayer Among the Top 15 since 2010

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Impressive in sustainable health care –  in the third Access to Medicine Index in 2012, Bayer was placed ninth out of a total of 20 research-driven pharmaceutical companies assessed worldwide. This was an improvement of five places compared to the previous ranking in 2010.


Initiative in developing countries – according to the Access to Medicine Index 2010, Bayer is among the 15 top research-driven pharmaceutical companies worldwide when it comes to promoting access to sustainable health care, particularly in developing countries.

About the Ranking
The Access to Medicine Foundation (ATM) was set up in the Netherlands in 2005 with the goal of improving access to sustainable health care, particularly in developing countries. This global initiative is supported not only by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation but also by 30 institutional investors with a managed investment volume totaling around USD 3.7 trillion. Since 2008, the ATM index has measured and ranked the extent to which pharmaceutical companies’ activities facilitate access to sustainable health care and especially to affordable and effective medication. The evaluation is conducted by the U.S. rating agency MSCI.

Brand Emissions Leader 2009 – Bayer’s Excellent Carbon Performance Recognized

Leading the way in emissions reduction – Bayer has been named as a Brand Emissions Leader for Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare in 2009. The goal of the Brand Emissions Leaders Project is to draw up an annual list of the leading companies in the United Kingdom for carbon performance.

The assessment criteria include reductions in carbon emissions, emissions targets and transparency in reporting.

Brazilian Environment Award 2009 – Bayer Recognized for Sustainable Water Conservation

Bayer has been honored by Editora JBC, one of the largest communications companies in Brazil, for its efforts to save water at its Belford Roxo site in Brazil.

Consumption was cut by implementing two projects: by recycling wastewater from the water treatment facility and by reusing water from the Rio Sarapuí to meet the process water requirement. These measures have saved a total of two billion liters of water over the last few years.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), CDLI, CPLI and WDP – Bayer Has Been Included in Leadership Indices since 2011


In recognition of its achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and its strategic handling of the consequences of climate change, Bayer has been included in “The A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index” by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for the fourth time.

To compile the 2014 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CDPLI), nearly 2,000 of the world’s largest listed companies were assessed, and 187 groups from various industries were included in the climate index.

Carbon Disclosure Project

Sustainable handling of emissions – Bayer’s transparent reporting of CO2 emissions led to its inclusion in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) in 2012. With a score of 99 out of 100, it is also the leading company in the health care sector.

Top of the class in the global climate index – in 2011, Bayer was for the second time one of 29 companies listed in the Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), receiving recognition for its commitment to cutting CO2. Instead of absolute points, this index assigns companies to performance bands, with Bayer being awarded the highest rating of “A.” The Group also topped the list internationally in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, which recognizes the 52 companies with the greatest degree of transparency in their climate reporting. Bayer is the only chemical and pharmaceutical company that has been included in this index for seven consecutive years. Its score of 99 out of 100 was the Group’s best so far.

Alongside three other companies, Bayer was in first place across all industries. Only 23 companies were included in both indices.

Responsible water consumption – along with 191 other companies, Bayer took part in the Water Disclosure Project of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in 2011. This involved sharing its water consumption data, and information on water-related risks and opportunities. The report published by CDP comprises facts and figures on how increasingly scarce water resources are having an impact on the activities of major corporations.

About the Ranking
Both the CDLI and the CPLI were compiled following detailed investigation and analysis of climate-relevant corporate data by the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). As well as data on CO2 emissions and reduction targets, action and strategies to protect the environment and deal with climate change are also taken into account. This data collection is the largest of its kind in the world. For both climate indices, the 500 biggest publicly traded companies worldwide (based on the FTSE Global 500 Index) were evaluated. The CDP is an initiative of 573 institutional investors managing combined assets of USD 60 trillion.

China Environmental Excellence Prize 2010 – Bayer Outstanding in Environmental Protection in China

Bayer in China is to receive the China Environmental Excellence Prize 2010 for its achievements in environmental protection. Bayer was one of five companies honored in the "Industry" category. Only three international companies have been honored with this prize to date. The China Environmental Protection Foundation has been awarding this prize since 2000.

CR Reporting Award – Bayer’s Sustainable Development Report Has Been in the Top 10 since 2007


The Bayer Sustainable Development Report is among the best in the world – the Group’s publication took third place in the “Best Report” category of the CR Reporting Award 2011 of online service provider

2009, 2008, 2007
Multiple accolades for Bayer Sustainable Development Report – Bayer was placed fourth in the “Openness & Honesty” category of the CR Reporting Award of online service provider in 2009. In the categories “Climate Reporting” and “Relevance and Materiality,” the Group achieved places seven and five. In 2008, Bayer took second place in each of these categories. In 2007, Bayer achieved first place in the “Openness & Honesty” category.

About the Ranking
The online platform manages at the same address the world's largest list of sustainability reports, currently totaling over 31,000 reports from 161 countries. In an international online survey, more than 35,000 registered users grade the publications according to the criteria of content, communication, credibility, commitment and comparability.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2014 – Bayer Successfully Included for the 15th Time

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Member

Bayer is once again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Bayer is thus listed in the DJSI World for the 15th time in succession since the index was established in 1999 – like only 14 other companies worldwide. This confirms Bayer's position as one of the leading companies in the pharmaceutical industry in the area of sustainability.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2014 – Bayer Successfully Included for the 15th Time

About the Rating
For the DJSI World, the Swiss rating agency RobecoSAM assessed 1,800 of the world’s largest listed companies on behalf of the index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices according to the “best-in-class” principle: with the aid of 24 categories a detailed analysis determined the 10 percent of companies in a given sector that had the best overall economic, ecological and social performance. For example, the agency investigated how companies manage innovation, promote access to medicines and position themselves on human rights issues.

In its sector, Bayer was once again rated particularly highly in the areas of risk management, supplier management and stakeholder dialogue.

Table: Chronological Listing of Bayer AG’s SAM Ratings

Total (best score of leader in each case)76 (80)75 (83)81 (86)78 (88)82 (88)85 (89)83 (89)88
Economic dimension7079707283767988888482
Ecological dimension8173898485969590868484
Social dimension7775827877817485857975

The DJSI World serves as a guide for institutional investors who place particular value on sustainability, helping them to assess the sustainability performance of companies represented on the index.

EcoCommercial Building /ECB Program – Bayer Receives Several Awards for Low-energy House

The global expert network of Bayer MaterialScience’s EcoCommercial Building (ECB) Program received an award at the 2012 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The award was presented by the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) at a conference it was co-hosting with the United Nations.

Several of Bayer’s own buildings that were constructed using the ECB concept received the “Best Practice of Global Green Building” award.

An EcoCommercial Building in India also earned first place in the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) international ratings system in 2012. The zero-energy building in Greater Noida outside of New Delhi was awarded “Platinum” in the New Construction category. It received 64 out of 69 possible points – the highest score anywhere in the world so far.

It achieved the highest possible score in the areas of water usage, ecological interior quality and innovation and design.

The Bayer Group’s first EcoCommercial Building – Bayer CropScience’s “Die Sprösslinge” (“The Seedlings” children’s daycare center – received the Annual GreenBuilding Award in 2011. The daycare center in Monheim, Germany, impressed the judges both with its zero-emissions concept and with its pioneering architecture, and received recognition in the “new buildings” category as a remarkable and exemplary energy-saving project.

The award is part of the European GreenBuilding Program of the European Commission’s Institute for Energy and Renewable Energies, and is presented by a panel of experts. The award ceremony was held during European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels.

Energy efficiency also plays a crucial role at Bayer’s administration building in Diegem, Belgium. In October 2009, the EcoCommercial Building received the Belgian award for architecture and energy in recognition of its energy-optimized construction that only requires half as much energy as current conventional office buildings.

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) also awarded the “Energy-optimized building” prize to Bayer Group’s first EcoCommercial Building, Bayer CropScience’s daycare center “Die Sprösslinge,” in 2009. The daycare center is one of 10 model energy-efficient construction projects chosen by the BMWi to receive the award of EUR 10,000.

The prize rewards construction projects that, through innovative technology, combine a high degree of comfort with a minimum energy demand and low operating costs.

About the ECB Program
The global EcoCommercial Building (ECB) Program was launched by Bayer MaterialScience in 2009, and pools the skills of experts from various different disciplines involved in sustainable construction. It comprises over 50 partners, including companies such as ThyssenKrupp, Stiebel Eltron and Philips. The objective is the planning and construction of tailored, energy-optimized buildings according to a holistic concept. The GFHS-honored Bayer buildings in the United States, Germany, Belgium and India are exemplary in this regard.

Good Company Ranking 2013 – First Place for Social Responsibility 

Bayer was awarded first place in the Good Company Ranking 2013. Among the 70 largest European companies Bayer is the best with respect to social responsibility – this was the conclusion of what was, according to the organizer of the study Kirchhoff Consult AG, the “most detailed comparison” of large European companies in the areas of personnel management, social commitment, environmental management and financial performance and transparency.

Good Company Ranking 2009 – Bayer Moves from Top 20 to Top 10 within Three Years

First place for social commitment – having been ranked 16th in 2005 and 12th in 2007, Bayer made it to 7th in the “Good Company Ranking” in 2009.

The list is compiled by Manager magazine, and assesses the social commitment in the areas of employees, society, environment and business success of the 90 largest European joint stock companies. It has been organized since 2005 by Hamburg-based management consultant Kirchhoff Consult (in German).

IÖW-Sustainability Report Ranking – Bayer Successfully among the Top 15 since 2009

Top 10 placement for sustainability: after coming 12th in 2009, Bayer’s Sustainable Development Report 2010 earned the company 5th place in the rankings of the Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IÖW) and the future e.V. federation of companies in 2011.

Sustainable Development Report top in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry: Bayer’s Sustainable Development Report 2008 came 12th overall and 3rd in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry in the rankings of the Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IÖW) and the future e.V. federation of companies in 2009.

About the Ranking
Since 1994, the ranking by the Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IÖW) and the future e.V. federation of companies has been regularly assessing the way Germany's 150 largest companies report on their social and ecological activities and challenges. The companies' sustainability reports are evaluated based on a comprehensive catalog of criteria. The areas assessed cover reporting on overarching criteria – such as sustainability strategy and management – alongside reporting on specific activities undertaken by the companies with regard to employees' interests, ecological aspects of production and responsibility in the supply chain, for example.

Nexxar Ranking and Lundquist Study 2009 – Bayer’s Online Sustainable Development Report Takes 2nd Place

The online version of Bayer’s Sustainable Development Report is absolutely top-grade. This is the conclusion of a group of experts from Nexxar, a communications service-provider, which analyzed the user friendliness of the sustainability reports of DAX 30 companies. In the ranking, Bayer achieved second place behind Deutsche Post; Daimler came in third.

Furthermore, the online version of the Bayer Sustainable Development Report also took second place in the communication agency Lundquist’s ranking of DAX 30 companies, and seventh among the corporate groups in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). This ranking is based on a study by the Milan-based communications agency that examined the internet sustainability communication of German groups in the DAX 30 and companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) in 2009.

Oekom Research 2009 – Bayer above Average in the Industry Report “Sustainability in the Chemical Industry”

Above average in terms of sustainability – on a scale from A (top) to D, Bayer was awarded a C by the German sustainability ratings agency oekom research in 2009, and was thereby better than the average for all companies assessed. With an overall score of B, only three of the companies assessed met the minimum sector-specific requirements specified by oekom research and were awarded “Best in Class” status.

In its industry analysis, the agency examined a wide range of ecological and social criteria relating to the world’s 26 most important chemical companies. These criteria included employees, suppliers, product stewardship, corporate governance, environmental management and eco-efficiency.

RobecoSAM – Bayer’s Sustainability Recognized since 2011 

In 2013, Bayer was awarded Bronze in the RobecoSam Sustainability Ranking of chemical companies, thus again being rated one of the world's leading companies in terms of sustainability.


Recognition for Bayer: in recognition of Bayer’s position as the best German company in the chemical industry in terms of corporate sustainability, RobecoSAM awarded it Gold in 2012. Worldwide, only two other companies in the chemical industry were granted similar recognition. Along with the industry leader, companies no more than one percent behind the leading company in their industry also receive the Gold award.

Sustainability performance recognized: in 2011, RobecoSAM rewarded Bayer’s commitment to sustainability with the Silver award. This is given to companies who are less than 10 percent behind the leading company in their sector.

About the Ranking
RobecoSAM analyzes more than 3,000 companies every year as part of its Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Over the years, this has built up into one of the world’s most comprehensive databases for corporate sustainability.

Roberts Environmental Center Study 2009 – Bayer World Leader in Sustainability Reporting

Example of best practice – the Bayer Sustainable Development Report and the online reporting were named best in the industry for the second time in succession by the Roberts Environmental Center in 2009 in terms of proactive sustainability reporting. For instance, the Bayer Sustainable Development Report meets level A of the current Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. Along with a large number of quantitative data and a detailed description of relevant focus issues, it also covers Bayer’s commitment to respecting human rights.

The study is based on the Pacific Sustainability Index (PSI), which the Institute at McKenna College in Claremont, California, uses to evaluate companies' sustainability reports in six different categories. A total of 30 chemical companies were examined, including the world’s largest companies.

Sustainalytics 2013 – Bayer in the Top 10 for Sustainability


Also in 2013, the Dutch rating agency Sustainalytics, which specializes in sustainability issues, conducted a comparative analysis of the sustainability performance of companies in the sector Pharma, Biotechnology and Lifescience. The analysis follows the ESG (environment, social, governance) approach. The companies are assessed in terms of how well they meet requirements in the areas of environmental management and climate protection, products and services, employees, suppliers, corporate citizenship and corporate ethics.
On a scale of 1 to 100, Bayer was awarded 71 points, thus reaching 8th place out of 121 companies.

Sustainalytics DAX-30-Study

In February 2012 Sustainalytics closely examined the sustainability performance of the German DAX 30 companies for the fifth time. With an overall result of 70.5 points, Bayer occupies 16th place in this cross-sector ranking.

STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Index – Bayer Listed for the First Time in 2014

In 2014 Bayer was included for the first time in the STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Index and was rated particularly highly in the areas of Governance and Environment. Performance in the social sector was also significantly improved.

About the Rating
The STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Index offers a representation of the leading global companies in terms of environmental, social and governance criteria. The best 25 percent of sustainable companies in the investment universe qualify for the Index.

World Media Festival 2009 – Bayer Film on Climate Change Receives Gold Award

High accolade for Bayer: at the World Media Festival in Hamburg in 2009, Bayer received the Gold Award in the “Corporate Communications Stockholder” category for its corporate film “Climate change.” The panel of judges assessed criteria such as creative and technical excellence and target group appeal.

Bayer as an Employer

Época Negócios Award 2011 – Bayer is among Brazil’s most Highly Regarded Companies

Recognition in South America: in Brazil, Bayer was awarded the Época Negócios 100 Award in 2011, and was included in the list of the “30 most highly regarded companies” list (Empresas de Maior Prestígio do Brasil).

Over 15,000 internet users voted in a survey by Época Negócios, a leading Brazilian business magazine, and chose Bayer as the best company in the “Pharma” category. The Group’s performance was assessed in the following categories: quality of goods and services, trust, ethical conduct, social and ecological commitment, innovation, prestige, tradition and momentum. In the 115 years that Bayer has been active in the country, it has also stood for adherence to environmental protection regulations.

ESM Association Employer of the Year Award 2009 – Bayer Employee Programs Recognized

Employer of the year in the United States: The Employer Services Management (ESM) Association honored Bayer’s commitment to and engagement in employee services and programs that contribute to a high level of employee satisfaction and morale within the workplace.

The selection criteria of the ESM Association included the depth and breadth of Bayer’s program offerings in the areas of work/life, diversity, fitness and wellness, recognition and discounts.

The Scientist – Bayer Crowned Top Employer by Researchers since 2011

Attractive employer: Bayer is among the companies offering scientists the world’s best industry jobs.  The Leverkusen-based Group landed among the top 20 in the prestigious list of “The Scientist’s Best Places to Work in Industry.”

Top 10 for job seekers: Bayer made it into the top 10 industrial companies popular among scientists in the prestigious “The Scientist’s Best Places to Work in Industry” list in 2011. Bayer came in eighth, ahead of Abbott Laboratories and Pfizer. In another ranking, which compares both large and smaller companies, Bayer placed 27th in the world.

The areas of training & development and remuneration & benefits were named as the Group’s particular strengths.

About the Ranking
The list honors leading companies that adopt creative approaches to achieving advances in science. The “Best Places to Work” list – based on the annual survey carried out by the magazine “The Scientist” – is seen as a key indicator of the world’s most innovative research companies.In the survey, more than 2,000 scientists rated their working conditions according to 43 criteria from the following areas: research environment, management, integrity, communications, job satisfaction, training & development, remuneration & benefits, and policies & practices.

The World’s Most Admired Companies – Bayer in the Top 10 since 2012

Well placed: as part of the study “The World’s Most Admired Companies”, conducted by the American business magazine “Fortune” in 2013, Bayer achieved third place in the “Chemistry” category, and is therefore among the most popular companies in its sector. Compared with the previous year, this was an improvement of one place.  The company received particularly high ratings in the criteria “Global competitiveness,” “Quality of management” and “Financial soundness.” Managers also praised the company’s “Innovations,” its “Quality of goods/services,” its “People management” and its “Social responsibility.”

Global recognition: in the study “The World’s Most Admired Companies”, conducted by the American business magazine “Fortune” in 2012, Bayer achieved fourth place in the “Chemistry” category, and is therefore among the most popular companies in its sector.   

About the Ranking
The “Fortune” survey is one of the most important global corporate rankings. Every year, several thousand top managers, executives and analysts assess numerous companies in the categories “Quality of goods/services,” “Global competitiveness” and “Quality of management.”

Total E-Quality Award 2011 – Bayer’s Commitment to Equal Opportunities Recognized

Logo Total E-Quality

Active for men and women – for the fifth time, Bayer’s commitment to equal opportunities for men and women at the company has been recognized with the Total E-Quality award. This was only the second time that any company in Germany had received the award so often. At the beginning of 2011, the Group voluntarily committed to a target for women in management positions. This aims to increase the proportion of women in the top five contract levels in the Group from around 21 percent at present toward 30 percent by 2015.

The association TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e. V. was founded in 1996 by representatives from major German companies, with the support of the Federal Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology, and the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. It has set itself the goal of establishing equal opportunities for women and men in the workplace and anchoring it in the long term. The focus is on promoting women in management positions.

Universum World’s Most Attractive Employers – Bayer in the Top 10 since 2011

Popular among scientists in training: in the study by the leading consultancy firm Universum Communications in 2013, Bayer achieved second place among Germany’s most popular employers. Across all sectors, the Leverkusen-based Group came just behind the Max Planck Society. The Group thus improved its ranking by one place compared to last year, leaving competitors such as Merck, Roche and Novartis trailing in its wake.

Recognition for Bayer: according to the study by the leading consultancy firm Universum Communications, Bayer is a dream employer for students in the field of pharmaceuticals. Science students put Bayer among the top three most popular employers across all sectors, beaten only by the Max Planck Institute and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Favored by students: according to a survey conducted among students by the leading consultancy firm Universum Communications, Bayer is one of eight German companies in the world's 50 most attractive employers in the field of engineering.

More than 160,000 students from all over the world participated and voted in the survey.

About the Ranking
Universum produces its prestigious “ideal employer” ranking annually on behalf of German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. The consulting company is a market leader in employer branding and has over 25 years’ experience in this field.

Working Mother Ranking – Bayer among the Top 100 Employers since 2003

Working Mother

Attractive for working mothers: in 2013, Bayer was again included in the list of the 100 best employers in the United States for working mothers, as compiled by “Working Mother” magazine. The company managed to achieve 15th place, an improvement of 32 places over the previous year. This was the 10th time in the past 11 years that the Bayer Corporation had managed to get into the annual list.

Top for mothers: the Bayer Corporation was again recognized by the magazine “Working Mother” as one of the 100 best employers in the United States for working mothers. That was the eighth time in the past nine years that it has been included in this annual ranking.

About the Ranking
For the working mother ranking, all of the companies were examined and assessed on the basis of eight areas of the work-life balance. These were: women’s issues and promotion, childcare, corporate culture, flexible working patterns, benefits, workplace profile, parental leave and other work-life balance programs. 

Bayer as a Brand

“CoreBrand Index ” – Bayer in the Top 10 of the World’s Most Powerful Brands

In the “BrandPower Ranking”, Bayer has taken third place. The company thus ranks among the top ten strongest corporate brands in the USA. As a result, Bayer is the highest placed German company in the list, which includes 100 global companies. Only Coca-Cola and Hershey achieved higher rankings than Bayer. The company has continuously improved its position since the first ranking in 2007.
Strong brand: In the BrandPower Ranking 2013, Bayer again achieved fourth place, and the ranking therefore puts it among the top ten of the strongest corporate brands in the United States. The Group was also the highest-placed German company in the ranking. A total of approximately 100 international companies were assessed and included in the list. Since it was first published in 2007, Bayer has steadily made its way up the ranking.

About the Ranking
Every year, CoreBrand examines the status and brand awareness levels enjoyed by approximately 1,000 companies in 54 sectors around the world, with about 10,000 managers at U.S. companies being polled by telephone. Apart from familiarity and popularity, other important assessment criteria are general reputation and a company's investment capability.

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