Health and Social Needs

Disaster aid: Immediate assistance and reconstruction

Disaster aid is a component of Bayer’s social responsibility commitment. The company provides rapid assistance without red tape in many emergency situations around the world.

Days of rain have caused devastating floods in Southeast Europe. Bayer is providing immediate relief in the form of money and medicines worth around EUR 60,000.Zoom image
Days of rain have caused devastating floods in Southeast Europe. Bayer is providing immediate relief in the form of money and medicines worth around EUR 60,000.

To provide targeted assistance to people who find themselves in situations of acute need as a result of natural disasters, Bayer pursues a dual strategy: the company provides immediate assistance following natural disasters – both through monetary and medical donations and through donations in kind to rebuild infrastructure.


In addition, the Bayer Cares Foundation – Bayer AG’s social needs organization – supports sustainable reconstruction projects. This includes, for example, supporting education and health care centers.The long-term programs that Bayer implements in disaster zones together with its country companies and partner organizations are geared toward helping those affected to help themselves. Local disaster aid is often made possible by the commitment and donations of Bayer employees.


A selection of Bayer’s disaster aid activities around the world since 2007 is described below.

2014

Southeast Europe

Following the devastating floods in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and parts of Croatia, Bayer has provided immediate relief in the form of money and medicines worth around EUR 60,000.

EUR 25,000 were going to the Red Cross organizations in the respective countries and to a donation hotline set up by the Serbian government. Bayer intends this money to be used for the emergency provision of water, food, medicines and hygiene products in the flooded areas. In addition, the company has provided urgently needed medicines worth a total of around EUR 35,000.

2013

A plane of the German Red Cross flew in medicines donated by Bayer to the disaster area in the Philippines.

Philippines

A total of EUR 280,000 was donated for the victims of the typhoon "Haiyan", known as typhoon "Yolanda" in the Philippines by Bayer and its employees.


Directly after the destructive typhoon, Bayer provided immediate relief in the form of medicines and monetary donations worth EUR 500,000.


As a result, the total aid provided by Bayer for the inhabitants of the Philippines amounts to EUR 780,000.

The reconstruction projects focus on the city of Tacloban, with its inhabitants and those of the surroundings being particularly severely affected by the devastation. Together with the German and Philippine Red Cross, the Bayer Cares Foundation is implementing a raft of measures to provide basic medical care for the victims, making EUR 90,000 available for this purpose. These include the reconstruction of existing and the planning of new health care facilities and the training of medical personnel. In addition, with a funding of EUR 100,000, the foundation is supporting Caritas international with the reconstruction of the surgical department and an operating theater in the Mother of Mercy Hospital in Tacloban. A further EUR 90,000 are going to the aid organization Habitat, which is building 2,500 homes to permanently accommodate families.

Germany
Bayer employees have donated EUR 52,000 for the victims of the major floods in Bitterfeld, Germany. The company added EUR 50,000 to bring the total donation to EUR 102,000. The Bayer donation had gone to non-profit organizations to support reconstruction projects, which benefit children and young people in the region.

2012

USA
Bayer provided emergency aid totaling USD 150,000 to victims of hurricane “Sandy” on the northeastern coast of the USA. The American Red Cross and Save the Children each received half of the donation from the Bayer USA Foundation. The financial support was aimed at local people who have been worst affected to help them with food, clothing, healthcare and accommodation.

2011

Australia
Following the flooding in Australia, Bayer donated EUR 75,000 to the Australian Red Cross, which helped the Australian government to deal with the damage. Bayer also made available veterinary pharmaceuticals and insect control products with a total value of EUR 10,000.

Brazil
Following the flooding in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Bayer provided EUR 172,000 in emergency aid. The company made available EUR 100,000 for reconstruction activities and supported various organizations with product donations worth EUR 72,000. This included urgently needed medicines, pest control products and animal health products.

East Africa
In response to the hunger crisis in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, Bayer supported the UN World Food Programme with a monetary donation of EUR 100,000. That organization works on behalf of more than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa who are affected by famine, in part by air-lifting to the region special food for malnourished children.

Japan
Following the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the company provided emergency relief in the form of an EUR 880,000 donation to the Japanese Red Cross and the donation of medicines worth EUR 700,000 to the Japanese health authorities. Thanks to a joint donation campaign of the employees and management, the Bayer Cares Foundation is also providing the aid organization Ashinaga with funding of EUR 700,000 for the construction of the “Tohoku Rainbow House”, a care center for children who lost their parents in the disaster. The aim is to offer the children psychological support, as well as work together with local residents to integrate them into the reconstruction of the community. Bayer’s relief aid to Japan totals nearly EUR 2.3 million.

New Zealand
Following the major earthquake in New Zealand, Bayer – together with its employees – made available to the local Red Cross emergency aid totaling EUR 75,000. What’s more, the company donated medicines with a total value of EUR 10,000.

Philippines
Bayer provided emergency aid to flood victims in the Philippines in the form of product and monetary donations worth EUR 23,000. Bayer employees also donated materials such as canned goods, clothing and children’s toys.

Thailand and Cambodia
Following the flood disaster, Bayer supported the Red Cross in Thailand with a product and monetary donation worth EUR 52,000. With the help of the donations, the aid organization made available life boats, mobile boats for medical care, bags containing relief materials and floating toilets. Bayer supported the Cambodian Red Cross with a product and monetary donation worth EUR 17,000.

2010

Haiti
Immediately after the earthquake, Bayer donated antibiotics and pain-relievers with a total value in excess of EUR 650,000. Bayer and its employees also made available through the foundation EUR 350,000 for the construction of a health center. The center provides services above all to pregnant women and to children, and will also offer vaccination, health care and hygiene programs to the general population. Bayer’s aid for Haiti totaled more than EUR 1 million.

Pakistan
For the victims of the flood disaster in Pakistan, Bayer donated medicines with a value of EUR 97,000 and supported Caritas international with direct emergency funding of EUR 50,000. This enabled tens of thousands of people to be provided with food, articles of daily use, household goods and emergency accommodation. Moreover, the Bayer Cares Foundation together with Dawn Relief and UNICEF is providing assistance through a long-term project to reconstruct the affected region. The foundation is providing funds totaling EUR 100,000 for the construction of some 60 single-family homes, a school and a vocational training center in which young people can learn electrical engineering, mechanical and woodworking skills.

2009

Australia
In view of the devastating fires and the severe flood disaster in Australia, Bayer donated EUR 50,000 to the Australian Red Cross that was used in cooperation with the Australian government to help individuals and those particularly affected by the disasters to cope with the damage.

2008

China

Together with its employees, Bayer provided emergency relief following the earthquake in the form of medical, material and monetary donations. Furthermore, the Bayer Cares Foundation joined with the Chinese Red Cross to provide a school center with 20 classrooms, 50 apartments and a mobile clinic in the form of modern containers. The school also received medicines, beds, whiteboards and other fixtures and fittings so that classes could start again just three months after the disaster had struck. Bayer’s total support exceeded EUR 2.2 million.  

2007

China
Following “Typhoon Sidr,” Bayer provided local emergency relief and also made available EUR 100,000 for infrastructure projects. In neighboring India, 3,000 Bayer employees each donated a day’s wages.

Greece
Against the background of the devastating forest fires in large areas of Greece, the Bayer Cares Foundation provided financial support of EUR 150,000 for reconstruction activities in particularly hard-hit communities.

Mexico
Bayer donated medicines and insecticides with a total value of approximately EUR 260,000 for victims of the flooding in the Mexican state of Tabasco.

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