Advancing Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture
- Sustainability Commitments
- The Crop Science Sustainability Progress Report
- Climate Change
- Reducing Crop Protection’s Environmental Impact
- Empowering Smallholder Farmers
- Food System Resilience
- Education & Outreach
- Sustainable Agriculture in practice: Bayer ForwardFarming
- Genetically Modified Crops and Bayer
- News & Stories
No one can see into the future, but we can all work together to shape it. At Bayer, we’re committed to building a world where hunger and climate change are terms relegated to history books. It can be done—and innovations on the farm can help get us there. That’s why we’re pursuing new possibilities in agriculture that are helping address some of humanity’s greatest challenges so that everyone can enjoy a more sustainable future.
Farming has always thrived on innovation. From the very beginning, farmers have sought better ways to nourish themselves, their families and their communities. This commitment continues today as we continually strive to find more sustainable solutions that can help farmers grow enough for a growing world—all without starving the planet.
Explore our commitments to people and our planet
Reducing agriculture’s environmental impact
We can’t empower farmers without also protecting the planet. That’s why we’re finding new ways to help farmers produce enough food without adversely impacting the environment.
Moving forward, we will continue to judge our innovations not by their ability to produce more, but to produce better. And to guide our decisions, we’ve made three key commitments as a company to reduce agriculture’s environmental impact by 2030.
Trust matters. At Bayer, we encourage open dialogue about the innovations that drive sustainable agriculture. That includes providing open access to our internal safety studies, including all 107 of Bayer-owned glyphosate assessments. Later this year, we will also pilot a program inviting scientists, journalists and NGOs to participate in our preparation for the upcoming EU glyphosate re-registration process.
Keeping plants, people and our planet safe
We apply strict and consistent safety standards in developing all of our products, even when it means exceeding local regulations. As such, we only sell crop protection products where they also satisfy the regulations of each local, regional and national market. Furthermore, in 2012, we unilaterally stopped selling any pesticide, regardless of its regulatory approval status, that is named by the WHO as a WHO acute toxicity Class 1. Looking ahead, we’re always evaluating our market approval process to ensure we deliver safe and effective solutions, the right way.
We’re working to provide farmers with greater access to agricultural solutions they need in order to thrive. Over the next decade, we will invest 5 billion Euros in new weed management solutions, which will empower farmers to implement more sustainable strategies by 2029. This R&D investment will help discover new modes of action, develop more tailored integrated weed management (IWM) practices and enhance partnership with weed scientists around the world to develop customizable solutions to benefit farmers at a local level.
Building more meaningful relationships
We’re working with the brightest minds in chemistry, biology and data science to develop sustainable solutions for agriculture. Additionally, we invite global experts and stakeholders to participate in our Bayer Sustainability Council. Through these partnerships, we’re setting higher standards for transparency and sustainability across our industry.