Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power.
Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2014, the Group employed around 119,000 people and had sales of EUR 42.2 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.5 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 3.6 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which is to be floated on the stock market as Covestro.
Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany, acts as a strategic management holding company. It defines the values, goals and strategies of the entire Group. It is also responsible for resource allocation and managerial appointments. Led by Bayer AG, the HealthCare, CropScience and Covestro* subgroups independently manage their business operations in line with preset objectives. The Corporate Center supports the Group Management Board in its task of strategic leadership. The holding company and subgroups are supported in their activities by the three service companies Bayer Business Services, Bayer Technology Services and Currenta.
On December 31, 2014, the Bayer Group had 118,900 employees worldwide (2012: 112,400). In Germany we had 35,800 employees, who made up 30 percent of the Group workforce.