Ratings, Rankings and Awards

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.


Bayer’s Sustainability Performance

Access to Medicine Index 2014 – Bayer in the Top 10

The Access to Medicine Index rates the contribution the 20 biggest pharmaceutical companies make to improving access to medical care in developing countries. In this index that is published every two years, Bayer was placed tenth in 2014 in a very closely contested midfield. Bayer achieved good ratings in particular for its deliberations regarding the development of a differentiated price strategy and measures in the area of family planning.

About the Rating

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. The evaluation is conducted by the U.S. rating agency MSCI.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) 2016 – Bayer an International Leader in Its Sector in Climate Protection

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has once again rated Bayer as one of the leading international companies in the pharmaceuticals sector in regard to climate protection. In conducting its comparative study of the world’s 500 largest stock-market-listed companies, the CDP focused on their strategic approach to the challenges of climate change. Bayer was awarded CDP Leadership Status with an “A” rating, the highest given.

Bayer’s commitment combines measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the development of resource-conserving products and solutions. The Group is pursuing its target of reducing specific greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by the year 2020 compared with 2012 levels, for example.

Part of the Group’s strategy is to cultivate new business models that take advantage of opportunities offered by digitalization. The company wants this approach to also tap into even more potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – whether in production, distribution or application of its products and services.

In agriculture, for example, Bayer is going to place even greater emphasis on “digital farming” in the future, by providing detailed, comprehensive information on growing conditions that will help farmers to optimize their use of resources.

In addition, Bayer has been providing in-depth, transparent coverage of climate-related aspects in its Integrated Annual Report for years.

About CDP
The CDP is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of institutional investors by annually gathering and evaluating climate data submitted by the world’s 500 largest stock-market-listed companies. According to the CDP, this information is currently used for investment decision-making by more than 800 investors managing fund assets of approximately USD 100 tr

Dow Jones Sustainability World Index 2015 – Bayer Successfully Included for the 16th Time

Dow Jones Sustainability World Index 2015

Bayer is once again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Bayer is thus one of very few companies worldwide to have qualified for the 16th time in succession for one of the most important sustainability indices. This underlines Bayer’s position as one of the leading sustainably-driven companies in the pharmaceutical industry, the sector to which the company is assigned in this index.

For the DJSI World, the Swiss rating agency RobecoSAM assessed some 2,000 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: a detailed analysis determines the 10 percent of companies in a given sector that have the best overall economic, ecological and social performance. Within its sector Bayer was rated particularly highly in the areas of integrated reporting, supplier management and stakeholder engagement.

Total (best score of leader in each case)81 (86)78 (88)82 (88)85 (89)83 (89)88
79 (87)82
Economic dimension7072837679888884828083
Ecological dimension8984859695908684848991
Social dimension8278778174858579758379

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.

FTSE4Good Indices 2015 – Bayer Listed Since 2001

The half-yearly check carried out in September 2015 brought renewed confirmation of Bayer's inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index. To be included in these index, companies must fulfill strict ecological and social criteria relating to issues such as environmental management and climate protection, employees' rights, tackling corruption, sustainability in the supply chain and sustainability reporting. In the FTSE ESG rating Bayer was the first German company in the chemical sector to be included in the top six.

About the Rating

Bayer has been included in the FTSE4Good index series ever since it was launched by the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange (FTSE) in 2001. The FTSE4Good index series is a highly regarded international sustainability index.

NYSE Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe Index – Bayer Included Since 2008

Bayer stock has been included in the Low Carbon 100 Europe Index ever since the list was started in September 2008. The index features the 100 largest European companies that record the lowest greenhouse gas emissions compared to other companies in the relevant sectors ("best in class" approach).

About the Rating
The Low Carbon 100 Europe Index was developed by NYSE Euronext in collaboration with NGOs, such as the WWF, and scientists from Dauphine University in Paris. Companies are analyzed based on information provided by U.K. rating agency Trucost and French financial service provider Credit Agricole Cheuvreux.

oekom research 2015 – Bayer above Average in a Sector Comparison

On a scale from A (top) to D, Bayer was awarded a C+ by the ratings agency oekom research in 2015, and was thereby significantly better than the average for all chemical sector companies assessed.

About the Rating
Oekom Research AG is a rating agency in the sustainable asset segment that examines companies according to a wide range of ecological and social criteria. These criteria include employees and suppliers, social responsibility and product stewardship, corporate governance, sustainability of products, environmental management and eco-efficiency.

STOXX® Global ESG Leaders – Bayer Listed Since 2014

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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. We were able to confirm this rating in 2015.

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.


Bayer’s Sustainability Performance

CSR-Award 2014 – Bayer Honored for Social Commitment

Dr. Marijn Dekkers, former Chairman of the Bayer Board of Management, accepted the prize from the U.S. think tank in New York.Zoom image
Dr. Marijn Dekkers, former Chairman of the Bayer Board of Management, accepted the prize from the U.S. think tank in New York.

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) has honored Bayer for its corporate social responsibility. Dr. Marijn Dekkers, former Chairman of the Bayer Board of Management, accepted the prize from the U.S. think tank in New York.

The CSR Award presented by the FPA, which was founded in 1918, is one of the most prestigious prizes for social commitment in the United States.

Good Company Ranking 2016 – Bayer Ranked 2

Bayer was awarded second place in the latest Good Company Ranking of the DAX 30 companies. According to the organizer, Kirchhoff Consult AG, this is the biggest sustainability ranking in Germany. The assessment focused on companies’ performance in the areas of society, employees, the environment and financial integrity. Bayer was rated particularly highly in the area of society, among other reasons because of its systematic dialogue with its various stakeholders and the integration of the results of this dialogue into the company's decision-making processes. In the environment category, Bayer's activities for maintaining sustainability standards in the supply chain were assessed particularly positively.

About the Ranking
The Good Company Ranking 2016 is based on data for the 2015 fiscal year. The assessment was performed by a scientific committee under the direction of Professor Edeltraud Günther from TU Dresden University.

Responsible Care Company 2014 – Bayer Recognized for Responsible Processes

Bayer Corporation had been named a 2014 Responsible Care® Company of the Year by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in recognition of its commitment to continual improvement in environmental, health, safety and security performance.

About the Ranking

To be eligible for the Responsible Care Company of the Year award, companies must show exemplary achievement in meeting specific Responsible Care performance criteria, including: a safety performance rating in the top 10 percent of companies in their size category, with no significant process incidents in the previous year; positive trends in performance measures related to transportation safety, process safety and specified emissions; and demonstrated ongoing excellence in safety, health, environment, product stewardship, security, distribution safety, emergency preparedness and community outreach.

RobecoSAM 2015 – Bayer's Sustainability Honored with Bronze Class


Bayer is one of the top-scoring companies in the pharmaceutical industry and has received the Bronze Class distinction for its particular sustainability performance from RobecoSAM again in 2015. Companies whose score is within a range of 5 percent to 10 percent from the score of the Industry Leader receive the RobecoSAM Bronze Class distinction. Since 1999, RobecoSAM has been assessing and documenting the sustainability performance of over 3,000 corporations on a yearly basis. In the process, RobecoSAM has compiled one of the largest global databases on corporate sustainability.


Bayer as an Employer

Science Magazine’s Top 20 Employers for Scientists – Bayer Moves up 4 Places to Rank 16

For the fifth time in a row, Bayer was included in 2014 in Science Magazine's Global Top 20 Employers for Scientists. Bayer thus improved its ranking by 4 places compared to the previous year, moving up to 16th. The ranking is based on a survey of around 5,400 scientists from the areas of biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, medicine and other related areas.

Universum Ranking – Bayer Ranked Second as Employer of Choice for Young Scientists in Germany and Mexico in 2014

Bayer is ranked as an Ideal Employer - Science students regard Bayer as one of the most attractive employer in natural sciences in Germany, Spain, Mexico and Vietnam.

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 more than 25 years’ experience in this field.

Bayer as a Brand and Company

“BrandPower Ranking” 2015 – Bayer Ranks Third among Top Global Brands

CoreBrand Index 2015: Top 100 Most Powerful Brands in 2015

A powerful brand: Bayer has taken the third spot in the international CoreBrand Index 2015 of the best and strongest company brands, just behind Coca Cola and Hershey and ahead of Walt Disney and Apple. That was the outcome of an analysis carried out by the Tenet Partners company.

About the Index
Every year Tenet Partners analyzes the market recognition of listed companies in putting together its CoreBrand Index (CBI). The best and most powerful brands, enjoying both high awareness as well as positive brand perception, are summarized in their “Top 100 Most Powerful Brands of 2015” report.

Brand Finance Global 500 – Bayer Brand Ranked 1 in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Bayer has just been rated in one of the rankings of international impact which rank the value of a brand, conducted by Brand Finance, a London-based rating agency. In this years' ranking 2014, the company achieved place 252. Compared to former rankings, Bayer is improving constantly. In the industry sector “Pharmaceuticals” Bayer placed first. Not being listed in the TOP 500 in 2010, Bayer achieved place 323 in 2012 and place 292 in 2013. 

Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies 2015 – Bayer Ranked on Place 3 in Chemicals

In the "World’s Most Admired Companies" ranking by U.S. magazine Fortune, Bayer comes third out of all chemical companies worldwide in terms of its image. The Group enjoys a good reputation in the industry, in particular in the areas of innovation, social responsibility, financial standing, product quality and global competitiveness.

About the List

The “Most Admired” list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. The ranking is based on a survey of 4,100 executives, directors and analysts representing a total of 668 companies from 29 countries. Fortune’s survey partner Hay Group started with approximately 1,400 companies: the Fortune 1,000, i.e. the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue; non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database with revenues of $10 billion or more. Hay then selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry. To create the 55 industry lists, Hay asked executives, directors and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

Bayer Is Part of Thomson Reuters Top 100 of Global Innovators 2015

Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators 2015

Bayer is one of the most innovative companies in the world, as shown by Thomson Reuter's current “Top 100 Global Innovators” ranking. The company performs well in the following citeria:

  • volume of inventions and patents
  • success (ratio of inventions / patents that are granted by the authorities)
  • globalization
  • influence / impact of an invention

For the first time since 2011, Bayer is back on this important list.

Last updated: October 25, 2016 Copyright © Bayer AG