Bayer & Monsanto – Advancing Together as One

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the acquisition or our role in shaping agriculture? Take a look at the frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, we want to answer it! Send us an email at yourquestions@5a9c29ec68e44f9293d938405c8e38d7bayer.com or complete our Contact Form.

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Why did Bayer acquire Monsanto?

Farming must evolve, adapt and advance in order to keep up with a growing world that needs healthy, safe and affordable food. The acquisition of Monsanto is about working to shape agriculture through breakthrough innovation for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet. At the same time, the acquisition represents an opportunity to develop a leader in agriculture and reinforce Bayer as a Life Science company advancing health and nutrition.

Furthermore, the acquisition considerably strengthens our innovative capabilities. Including Monsanto, Bayer’s total R&D investment in 2017 would have been around 5.7 billion euros on a pro forma basis for 2017. Of that, 2.4 billion euros would have been spent in the combined pro forma agriculture business. In R&D alone, we have more than 35 research sites and over 175 breeding stations across the globe. Additionally, our approximately 8,000 R&D employees are in our labs, offices and in the field with our customers every day.

Bringing together our innovative capabilities under one roof gives us the potential to bring innovation to the market even faster. Together, we will invest more in new and groundbreaking technologies internally as well as through collaborations and joint ventures.

Does the name of the company change? What is happening to the Monsanto brand?

The company is called Bayer. Crop Science is a division of Bayer and should be referred to as Crop Science, a division of Bayer. The Monsanto brand will no longer represent the company. The acquired products retain their brand names as part of the Bayer portfolio.

How many employees does Bayer have after the acquisition of Monsanto?

With the acquisition of Monsanto, Bayer has approximately 125,000 employees worldwide. Of these, more than 35,000 are part of the Crop Science division. Learn more about the employees of the Crop Science division and our new division leaders.

As one of the world’s biggest agricultural companies, how are you ensuring fair competition?

The agriculture industry is and will remain highly competitive. We worked closely with regulators to meet their requirements to approve the acquisition of Monsanto. In following these requirements, we committed to divest essentially Bayer’s entire preexisting seeds and non-selective herbicide business as well as rights to key technologies--overall more than 20 percent of the revenue base of Bayer’s Crop Science business, to help ensure competition in all market where we operate.

Today, we compete with a number of very strong companies that offer competitive products and have strong R&D capabilities. We will only succeed with pricing and selling our products if our value proposition to our customers is better than that of our competitors and if we continue to innovate. For example, in Germany alone, there are some 130 companies that produce and market crop seeds. Worldwide there are thousands. Farmers have a tremendous amount of choice.

It was stated that the business would be run according to Bayer values. What does that mean?

We have clearly defined ethical principles and values that are the foundation of how we run our businesses. Our principles include respect for human dignity and human rights, a clear commitment to sustainable development, safety, social responsibility, dialogue, transparency and collaboration, as outlined in our Charter on Ethical Principles.

Our corporate culture is built on our LIFE values. They guide our daily work, including the integration. LIFE stands for Leadership, Integrity, Flexibility, and Efficiency. Everything we do is aligned with these values. Our value culture promotes a common identify throughout the enterprise across national boundaries, management levels and cultures.

Monsanto shares these values, and we look forward to incorporating strengths of their culture. We are confident that these strengths together with our shared values, like our passion for agriculture, for innovation and for the development of our employees, are a great foundation upon which we can build an even stronger business moving forward.

Will the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer result in more expensive food?

No. Developments in food prices are dependent on a number of factors in global economies. The main ones are supply and demand, economic policy conditions (e.g. taxes and tariffs) and economic factors like economic inflation, purchasing power, and others.

Will Bayer maintain the existing commitments of Monsanto in its various communities?

Bayer has made commitments regarding community programs in the merger agreement and will honor those commitments.

We have pledged to maintain strong community and philanthropic support in the communities where the combined company will operate, as well as look for new opportunities to help support innovation and growth. We maintain shared values around supporting the communities where we live and work. We have a strong culture that encourages employees to give back to their communities. There are ongoing integration planning conversations to define the philanthropic landscape and contributions to both community and global initiatives.