We exert considerable influence on society and the environment in many regions through our purchasing volume. In the reporting period, we purchased goods and services from about 101,000 suppliers in 125 countries for approximately €18.1 billion in total, and reported these purchases in the central ordering system. Among OECD countries, Germany, the United States and Japan accounted for just under 67 percent of these expenditures. This corresponds to about 56 percent of total procurement spending by the Bayer Group. The three BRIC countries China, Brazil and India accounted for 13 percent of total expenditures, or 73 percent of total spending among the non-OECD countries.