Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. As an innovation company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve the 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 acts as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. In fiscal year 2012, Bayer employed 110,000 people and had sales of €39.7 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to €1,9 billion, R&D expenses to €3 billion.
Bayer AG defines common values, goals and strategies for the entire Group. The three subgroups and three service companies operate independently, led by the management holding company. The Corporate Center supports the Group Management Board in its task of strategic leadership.
On December 31, 2012, the Bayer Group had 110,500 employees worldwide (2011: 111,800). In Germany we had 34,600 employees, who made up 31.3 percent of the Group workforce.