Bayer is committed to promoting a performance-oriented corporate culture. To realize our growth strategy, we rely on our employees and their continuous development. We actively encourage regular feedback between supervisors and their employees, greater cultural and employee diversity within the Bayer Group, and innovation in all areas.
Our second Group-wide employee survey was conducted in 2012. Once again, more than 70 percent of employees worldwide took part in this survey, which gives us important information and feedback on their current perception of Bayer’s strategy, culture and working conditions. The survey gives us an up-to-date staff assessment of various issues at regular intervals and compares us with other companies. On the basis of the findings, we take steps to improve the situation and track their progress. more
Bayer is convinced that a diverse employee structure is of central importance for the competitiveness of the company. This is particularly true for our management. Diversity improves our understanding of changing markets and consumer groups, gives us access to a broader pool of talented employees, and enables US to benefit from the enhanced innovative and problem-solving abilities that are demonstrably associated with a high cultural diversity within the company. We are also pursuing this goal in particular in the growing Asian and Latin American economies, where we aim to increase the proportion of local managers significantly in the mid term. Of the members of our Group Leadership Circle, in which 23 nationalities are currently represented, around 67 percent come from the country in which they are employed. Overall, the Bayer Group employs people of 136 nationalities. more
Bayer aims to appeal to the best and most talented people worldwide and to retain employees for long periods by providing good development opportunities, a modern working environment and competitive compensation. In 2012 we again succeeded in attracting a total of more than 4,600 new academically qualified specialists and managers worldwide. We recruited around 700 university graduates in Brazil alone, more than 600 in India, and roughly 400 in China, Germany and the Russian Federation. In 2012 nearly 17,000 new people were hired across all occupations. more
One key element in our human resources policy is Group-wide talent management, in other words measures and tools to support the professional and personal development of our employees. The basic principle is that every employee has his or her own individual strengths and talents that deserve recognition and development in the workplace. To help employees make better use of professional opportunities and actively shape their personal development in the company, last year we introduced the Bayer Global Internal Job Board. This is a globally accessible platform for advertising vacancies in the Bayer Group, up to senior management level. It gives all employees a transparent overview of the internal employment market and enables those who are suitably qualified to apply directly for positions that interest them beyond organizational boundaries. more
Providing a safe working environment and fostering the health of our employees are crucial elements of our responsibility for our employees. Extensive risk management to identify and assess the potential risks and shape a healthy working environment is therefore a key element of our activities in the area of occupational health and safety. Through our foresighted Health, Safety, Environmental Protection and Quality (HSEQ) programs, we also reduce costs by avoiding damage and production stoppages. HSEQ management therefore forms an integral part of all our business strategies and processes. In line with this, we have issued Group-wide directives on occupational health and safety. In addition, the subgroups and service companies have their own systems, committees and working groups to manage HSEQ. To sharpen awareness of occupational health and safety and ensure that it does not slacken, in 2011 we introduced an annual Safety Day at all Bayer companies worldwide. Our commitment in this area is underscored by our acceptance of the global chemical industry’s Responsible Care Global Charter. more