Our Crop Science Division

Shaping Agriculture for Farmers,
Consumers & the Planet

 

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Advancing health and nutrition is what we do best and care most about at Bayer. Strengthening our position in agriculture accelerates the pursuit of our purpose: Science for a better life. Together, we’re shaping agriculture to benefit farmers, consumers and our planet.

Bringing together biology, chemistry and digital tools, we’re accelerating innovation. Across more than 35 research sites and more than 175 breeding sites, we invest more in research and development than any other company in the industry.

Headquartered in Monheim, Germany, our Crop Science division has a global footprint that spans nearly every country. Our diverse group of 35,000 employees speaks more than 30 languages and represents dozens of nationalities. What unites us is our shared passion for agriculture.

What We Do 

Expand the sections below to read more about our Crop Science division and what we focus on.

Innovation

Delivering more innovation to farmers faster

At Bayer, we innovate in the fields of health and nutrition to meet some of the most fundamental needs of people around the world. We believe that innovation is crucial to address the challenges facing the global food system. We provide farmers with the best possible solutions to address these challenges. Our industry-leading innovation engine builds on a unique combination of seeds and traits, crop protection and digital tools. Bringing together our expertise across these disciplines uniquely positions us to deliver more innovation, faster.

We focus on customers’ needs and establish collaborative relationships that benefit our customers and business. We offer tailored solutions to reflect the specific needs of our customers’ farms, crops, and soil. And we go beyond the farm. We work collaboratively with customers and partners across vector control, professional pest management, industrial vegetation management, turf and ornamental as well as forestry to deliver innovative and inspiring solutions that help foster healthy environments where we all live, work and play.

Sustainability

Growing healthy, safe and affordable food sustainably

Sustainability is part of who we are. We apply the same rigor to achieve our sustainability targets as we do to reach our financial targets. We take a holistic view on sustainability that focuses on environmental, social and economic progress. Like farmers, we think in generations. We aim to ensure bountiful harvests today and to leave the planet and our communities in better shape for our children and the generations to come.

We aim to empower all farmers, including smallholder farmers, to reach their farming potential and foster reliable growth for their businesses, communities and livelihoods. We are passionate about achieving food security and safety, healthy nutrition, hygiene and well-being for all, and preserving ecosystems in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Digital Transformation

Using the latest technologies and decision science to bring our operations and agriculture to the next level

We embrace the growing potential of more advanced solutions, digital tools, and data analytics to accelerate our research and that of our partners and collaborators. We work with innovative digital partners, including a subsidiary of Bayer, The Climate Corporation, and cutting-edge technologies, such as advanced seed scripting tools, which enable farmers to combine multiple data sets to use resources more efficiently and reach their farming potential. From sensors to satellites to smart irrigation systems, digital technology is enabling farmers to take advantage of the data at their fingertips to build successful farms and make agriculture more sustainable.

By adopting a digital mindset and expanding our in-house skills, we set high standards for the digitalization of our pipeline, product supply, interactions with farmers, and workplace – all of which will increase the sustainability of our operations, create greater business value, and optimize our collaboration and efficiency. Flexible and agile technology can contribute to constant advancements in safety and transparency across all functions within our business.

How We Do Things 

Responsibly: Living up to our responsibility — to farmers, to consumers and to the environment

We set high ethical standards. They represent how we measure ourselves and our partners. We serve farms of all sizes around the world and make our innovations as accessible as possible. We encourage diversity in agricultural practices and prioritize inclusion and diversity in our company. We are committed to transparency and dialogue. Guided by data and insights, we are passionate about collaborating with others to help find better solutions to the challenges farmers and our environment face.

Our Commitment to Making a Positive Impact

We are committed to developing innovative products and solutions to benefit farmers, people, and our planet. The principles of sustainable development are at the heart of everything we do and are engrained in every aspect of our business. Going forward:

  • We will continue to operate our business based on clearly-defined ethical principles.
  • As a leader, we will further improve ethical and responsibility standards in the industry.
  • We are committed to increasing access to agricultural innovations and improving global food security.
  • We will work to further reduce our environmental footprint, using our product portfolio to make food production more environmentally friendly.
  • We are committed to developing the next generation of leaders in agriculture.
An Open Letter to Our Stakeholders:
Our Vision for Safe and Sustainable Agriculture

Commitment to Communities

Our commitment to community is also broad and deep – from active engagement in agricultural communities, to the communities in which we live, work and play. We will continue to support important groups like non-profits and other charitable organizations that the two organizations have traditionally partnered with and will continue to participate where we can make a difference.

In the near-term, there will be no significant changes to our day-to-day operations or the way we engage with these groups.

Promoting Sustainability in Agriculture

We promote and are constantly seeking to improve sustainable farming practices. Moreover, we are steadily expanding our successful food chain partnerships. In these projects, Crop Science works with all participants in the food chain to sustainably safeguard and increase yields, and to satisfy the quality criteria in the food chain. Our products and the numerous partnerships and initiatives we are involved in support this commitment:

Commitment to Smallholder Farming: Small Land, Large Impact

There’s nothing “small” about smallholders. Not in their numbers nor in the challenges they face. Not in the significant contribution they can make toward helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030. At Bayer, we aim to empower smallholder farmers to reach their farming potential and foster reliable growth for their businesses, communities and livelihoods. Because no one solutions fits all, we work closely with smallholder farmers to develop holistic and scalable approaches, with a focus on education, customized agronomic solutions and partnerships.

Cultivating the Next Generation and STEM Outreach

Like farmers, we think in generations and see it as our responsibility to develop the next generation of agricultural leaders. We support a number of initiatives promoting agricultural and science education.

Charter of Ethics

We operate worldwide and see ourselves as an active member of society in all communities in which we are present. With this presence comes responsibility, which we live up to by pursuing clearly defined principles expressing our basic ethical philosophy – framed in our Charter of Ethical Principles. These principles govern how we measure ourselves as well as how we want to be measured.

Our long history and diverse experience make us uniquely positioned to deliver the latest technologies and advancements to farmers around the world. But we can’t stop there; we must continually seek new solutions and push new boundaries for generations to come.

Transparency Initiative

In 2017, we launched the Bayer Transparency Initiative, an important milestone to help promote transparency, foster a deeper understanding of crop protection product safety standards, and create a platform for open dialogue regarding the safety of our customers and the general public.

As a leader, Bayer is fully committed to upholding the highest ethical and responsibility standards, strengthening access to health and nutrition, and further reducing its environmental footprint. We will apply the same rigor to achieving our sustainability targets as we do to our financial targets.

Our Global Footprint: Growth Around the Globe

In our more than 150-year history, we have grown into a global company with locations in nearly every country. We have a diverse, international focus that values cross-border and cross-division collaboration.