Corporate Governance

Duties and activities of the Board of Management

Bayer AG is a strategic management holding company, run by its Board of Management on the Board's own responsibility with the goal of sustainably increasing the company’s enterprise value and achieving defined corporate objectives. The Board of Management performs its tasks according to the law, the Articles of Incorporation and the Board’s rules of procedure, and works with the company’s other governance bodies in a spirit of trust.


The Board of Management defines the long-term goals and the strategies for the Group, its subgroups and its service companies, and sets forth the principles and directives for the resulting corporate policies. It coordinates and monitors the most important activities, defines the portfolio, develops and deploys managerial staff, allocates resources and decides on the Group’s financial steering and reporting.


The members of the Board of Management bear joint responsibility for running the business as a whole. However, the individual members manage the areas assigned to them on their own responsibility within the framework of the decisions made by the entire Board. The allocation of duties among the members of the Board of Management is defined in a written schedule.


The entire Board of Management makes decisions on all matters of fundamental importance and in cases where a decision of the entire Board is prescribed by law or otherwise mandatory. The rules of procedure of the Board of Management contain a list of topics that must be dealt with and resolved by the entire Board.


Meetings of the Board of Management are held regularly. They are convened by the Chairman of the Board of Management. Any member of the Board of Management may also demand that a meeting be held. The Board of Management makes decisions by a simple majority of the votes cast, except where unanimity is required by law. In the event of a tie, the Chairman has the casting vote.


According to the Board of Management’s rules of procedure and schedule of duties, the Chairman bears particular responsibility for leading and coordinating the Board’s work. He represents the company and the Group in dealings with third parties and the workforce on matters relating to more than one part of the company or the Group. He also bears special responsibility for certain departments of the Corporate Center and their fields of activity.

The schedule of duties also assigns particular areas of specialist responsibility to the other members who served on the Board of Management in 2013 with respective responsibility for Finance; Innovation, Technology and Sustainability; and Human Resources. Each of these members also represents certain geographical regions. The responsibilities for specialist areas and regions were redistributed in 2013 upon the change of the member responsible for Human Resources.

No committees of the Board of Management have been set up in view of the small number of members and the role of Bayer AG as a strategic management holding company.

Last updated: September 17, 2014 Copyright © Bayer AG
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