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 fully respects and follows 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. Truly represent themselves as Bayer or working for Bayer to the effect of registration (where existing) to be transparent with 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, evidence-based and not misleading;
  5. Be transparent and honest when obtaining or trying to obtain information about the purpose of the request;
  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, with the exception of political contributions in the United States at State level. Bayer permits corporate political contributions in the United States on the state level for candidate and ballot contributions to live up to its role as a corporate citizen. The contributions are only allowed under strict conditions and with mandatory transparency measures.