Environmental Protection


Bayer takes its responsibility to protect the environment very seriously. It is constantly working to reduce environmental impact and find innovative product solutions that benefit the environment. Our environmental standards apply worldwide.

Water – an Essential Resource

Eco-efficient processes help cut the costs associated with materials, energy, emissions and disposal. After all, an efficient approach to raw materials and energy is now more than ever an economic imperative, too. Ever increasing costs oblige us to take measures to improve resource and energy efficiency that relieve the strain on the environment while also cutting costs.

Our commitment to environmental protection, health and safety extends beyond the scope of legal requirements. It includes factoring in environmental aspects and performing a voluntary ecological assessment for capital expenditure projects exceeding €10 million.

In the case of acquisitions we examine prior to the transaction whether the applicable environmental and occupational safety regulations and fundamental employee rights are complied with at the production sites in question.

We are committed to the chemical industry’s Responsible Care™ initiative and have set out the basic principles of this commitment in our Bayer Sustainable Development Policy. Certified HSEQ management systems control its operational implementation.

Energy Consumption

Energy and material consumption and emission levels are essentially dependent on the manufactured sales volume, which does not include intermediates. more  

Air Emissions

At Bayer, air emissions are caused mainly by the generation and consumption of energy. Our commitment to greater energy efficiency therefore helps reduce both costs and emissions. In addition, we aim to contribute to climate protection on several levels and have established a Group-wide Climate Program for this purpose.
Bayer reports all Group greenhouse gas emissions in line with the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol). Direct emissions from our own power plants, waste incineration plants and production facilities (corresponding to Scope 1 of the GHG Protocol) are determined at all production locations and relevant administrative sites. more 

Use of Water and Emissions into Water

The continuous availability of clean water in sufficient quantities is essential for supplying our production sites and the surrounding areas. However, this can no longer be taken for granted in many parts of the world. We make sure we have all the water we need while also ensuring that industrial water usage does not lead to local problems such as water scarcity for the people living in the area Bayer supports the CEO Water Mandate of the U.N. Global Compact with the goal of working with key stakeholders to develop sustainable strategies for water usage. Our CDP Water Disclosure reports on our water usage and the associated risks. more 

Waste and Recycling

Systematic waste management minimizes material consumption and disposal volumes. Safe disposal channels with separation according to the type of waste and economically expedient recycling processes serve this purpose. Production fluctuations and building refurbishment / land remediation work also influence waste volumes and recycling paths. more 

Protection of Biodiversity

The Group-wide biodiversity position takes into account influences on biodiversity along the whole value-added chain and the sustainable use of raw materials.  In this position, all Bayer divisions commit themselves to the  Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Under this Convention, the industrialized nations entered into an undertaking to provide developing countries with greater support in implementing international biodiversity goals. more 

We support international efforts to protect biodiversity, such as those outlined in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol. Facing the global challenge of food security for all people, we can contribute with innovative solutions to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner and herewith prevent loss of natural habitats including forests and wild flower meadows.

Management Systems for the Implementation of Our HSEQ Targets

Bayer aims to achieve an appropriate and uniformly high standard of HSEQ (health, safety, environmental protection and quality) throughout the Group and to constantly improve this. To meet this goal, the company has established corresponding HSEQ management systems in all subgroups and service companies. more 

Environmental Incidents and Transport Accidents

Bayer uses the term “environmental incidents” to define incidents in the course of our business activities that result in the release of substances into the environment. Factors that determine whether there is a reporting obligation include, in particular, the nature and quantity of the substance, the amount of damage caused or any consequences for nearby residents. In accordance with our internal voluntary commitment, we report any leakage of substances with a high hazard potential from a quantity of 100 kg upward. Transport incidents are also classified according to clearly defined Bayer criteria (more information can be found on the page about safety). more 

Environmental Protection in Agriculture

Our investments in research and the development of new crop protection products (biological/chemical), seeds and services, allow farmers to produce more high-quality crops on only limited available arable land, improve sustainable agricultural measures such as integrated pest and crop management (IPM/ICM) and manage invasive alien species (IAS). Furthermore, we engage with partners in specific initiatives such as the Bayer Bee Care Program and the Bayer ForwardFarming initiative, promoting sustainable agricultural measures.

Bayer Bee Care Program

As a company with expertise in plant and animal health, we understand the significant role bees and other insects play as pollinators in agriculture. Through the Bee Care Program, we are working towards bringing a greater understanding of the challenges pollinators face in the modern world, through research, communication and dialog. We aim to contribute to the health, wellbeing, and diversity of bees and other pollinators and to an optimization of pollination in an agricultural context, through partnering with others around the world.

Our activities fall under three main themes – ‘Feed a Bee’, ‘Healthy Hives’ and ‘Sustainable Agriculture’:

  1. Feed a Bee: including all our activities in the area of ‘forage and nutrition’, ensuring pollinators have access to a varied and nutritious diet, and contributing to biodiversity.
  2. Healthy Hives: encompassing all that we do in the area of ‘pests and diseases’ and ‘hive management’ of honey bees.
  3. Sustainable Agriculture: comprising all our activities regarding the safe use of crop protection products, be it via the safety studies we do on pollinators, innovative application technology, our efforts regarding the relationship between beekeepers and farmers or approaches to optimize crop pollination.

Examples of these collaborations include:

  • In Germany, a cooperation with several partners aims to develop measures to balance agricultural activity with biodiversity in the field by monitoring and quantitatively measuring the effect of flower strips and nesting aids on the biodiversity of pollinators and other animals in agricultural landscapes.
  • In the UK, our farms promote integrated crop management and farming practices that preserve and promote biodiversity. The farms feature hedges, nesting places, wildflower meadows, ditches and earth walls to attract all kinds of birds, bats, butterflies, bees, bumblebees and many other species.
  • The Bayer Bee Care Center (BBCC) also collaborates in various Latin American countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru) with local researchers, funding studies investigating which bee and other insect species are attracted to different local key crops.

As part of the Bee Care Program, we have opened Bayer Bee Care Centers in Germany and the United States serving as platforms for scientific exchange and communication, inviting discussions and exploring joint projects with external partners. By proactively reaching out to stakeholders, we strive to increase the transparency of its activities and generate open discussions and partnerships.

Pollinator health is a shared responsibility which must be collectively tackled. As such, we are convinced that broad cooperation is essential to develop sustainable solutions for pollinator health.

Bayer ForwardFarming

We are also intensifying our direct cooperation with farmers through the Bayer ForwardFarming initiative. Our solutions for sustainable agriculture in practice are demonstrated at Bayer Forward Farms. The first farms have been established in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, and further collaborations are being prepared. These selected farms share their expertise and ongoing improvements as they combine their economic success with responsibility towards the environment and society. With this platform we increase the exchange of knowledge among farmers, consumers, politicians, and academics. In cooperation with farmers the Bayer ForwardFarming Initiative demonstrates sustainable agricultural measures in practice. Natural habitats for beneficial insects, pollinators and birds are an integrated part of the farm management. The Forward Farms e.g. in Belgium, Germany and France show that biological diversity and agricultural productivity can go hand in hand in a sustainable manner.

Last updated: December 19, 2016 Copyright © Bayer AG