Code of Conduct for Responsible Lobbying

Transparency and openness are guiding our lobbying activities. Bayer’s lobbying and advocacy activities are guided by the following principles which apply also to our consultants in this field:

Bayer respects the national laws of each of the jurisdictions in which the company carries out lobbying activities.

Lobbyists of the company as well as consultants shall:

  1. identify themselves by name and by the Bayer organization they are representing;
  2. not misrepresent themselves as to the effect of registration (where existing) to mislead third parties and/or staff of public authorities;
  3. openly declare the company’s business interests;
  4. ensure that information provided reflects up-to-date company knowledge, is complete and not misleading;
  5. not obtain or try to obtain information, or any decision, dishonestly;
  6. not induce staff of public authorities to contravene rules and standards of behavior
    applicable to them.
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If the company employs former staff of public authorities we respect their obligation to abide by the rules and confidentiality requirements which apply to them. Bayer – i.e. its lobbyists – signs up in lobbying registers of public institutions (where existing) and discloses relevant aggregate costs of lobbying.

Bayer does not make any donations as a company to political parties, politicians or candidates for a political office. The associations of which Bayer is a member make donations under their own responsibility and according to the relevant legislation in each case, in particular taking account of laws on political parties.