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.

Bayer and its employees are donating a total of EUR 776,000 to the victims of the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Pictured: Bayer Philippines, Inc. Managing Director Vincenzo Langella hands over the donation from Bayer to ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya Program Director Tina Monzon-Palma.Zoom image
Bayer and its employees are donating a total of EUR 776,000 to the victims of the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Pictured: Bayer Philippines, Inc. Managing Director Vincenzo Langella hands over the donation from Bayer to ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya Program Director Tina Monzon-Palma.

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.


Employees have donated over EUR 138,000 for the victims of the typhoon "Haiyan", known as typhoon "Yolanda" in the Philippines, which Bayer was matching. The company and its employees have thus donated a total of around EUR 776,000. In collaboration with the German Red Cross, the company supported the region with an emergency aid program worth EUR 100,000 directly after the disaster. In addition, it donated urgently needed medicines worth a total of around EUR 400,000 to those affected.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.



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.  


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.

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.

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.

Last updated: March 11, 2014  Copyright © Bayer AG