Our Commitments

Every Commitment to Innovation Must
Also Be a Commitment to Sustainability

 

At Bayer, we believe that future innovation will not be judged by its ability to produce more but to produce better. Our long-term success lies not in selling a higher volume of products, but in providing farmers with the best tools and solutions so that they can grow enough using fewer natural resources. The challenge is big, but we’re embracing the seemingly impossible to help secure a better tomorrow.


Modern Agriculture Drives Progress

In recent decades, modern agriculture has allowed farmers to conserve water, protect soil and grow enough food on less land. But we believe it can achieve even more.

At Bayer, we’re committed to a world in which biodiversity thrives in harmony with humankind. Where food security and sustainability go hand in hand. And where agriculture is part of the solution to climate change.

Together with farmers, policy makers, NGOs, food companies, innovators, consumers and manyothers in the agriculture industry, we have the opportunity and responsibility to grasp this moment. To help move humanity forward by challenging what’s possible in the world.

Raising the Bar

Bayer has been driven by its purpose of Science for a Better Life. While we have always held ourselves to a high standard, conversations with farmers, NGOs, policy makers and our customers, have inspired us to set off on a journey to elevate our efforts in transparency, sustainability and how we engage with our stakeholders.

As we look to the future, this effort starts with sustainability and business commitments that guide how we make decisions and act as a company.

This means recognizing that every commitment to innovation must also be a commitment to sustainability. It means helping farmers sustainably grow crops that lead to more productive harvests while using fewer natural resources and inputs. By giving farmers the best tools and solutions, we can help preserve the environment, conserve resources and work to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers dramatically over the years to come.

The most complex challenges — like biodiversity loss, climate change and access to food — require us to both scale and build upon the solutions that are already working, and find new
ones. Today, we’re delivering new innovations that bring together crop protection, advancements in biology, data and cutting-edge digital platforms to support farmers and our planet.

Raising the Bar for Less Environmental Impact

At Bayer, we trust farmers and we want them to have access to innovations that helps grow abundant crops. At the same time, there are increasing societal concerns about the impacts modern agriculture has on the environment. We must find a way to produce enough food for a growing population, but in a way that protects our planet. Future innovation will not be judged byits ability to produce more but to produce better.

By 2030, we commit to lessening the environmental impact by 30 percent through our tailored solutions. We aim to achieve this by developing new technologies, scaling down volumes and enabling more precise application.

Here’s a look at some of the projects that will help us get there.

Products that Enable Reduced and More Efficient Use of Pesticides

Bayer Intacta RR2-PRO™ soybeans, have produced 20 million incremental tons of soybeans in South America. Since the introduction of these soybean seeds, farmers in South America have reduced their environmental impact by 30.6% — and the volume of pesticides has been reduced by more than 10%.

Products that Enable Precise Application

DripByDrip irrigation allows crop protection products to be applied in the right quantities at the right time. During initial field tests, tomato farmers in Mexico noticed more productive harvests using less water, less pesticide and fewer applications.

Digital Tools that Help Farmers Optimize Resources

Climate FieldView™ helps farmers apply crop inputs — like fertilizer and water — only where they’re needed by breaking down fields to the zone level. During the growing season, satellites and drones can relay field health images that help farmers get ahead of crop stress, such as drought and pest infestation. Data from these digital tools can help farmers take more precise actions in the field to address issues.

We will strive to provide better solutions to even the most common practices and tools for key crops in a given region to achieve a 30% or more reduction in Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ). We are currently in the process of identifying the right crops and regions that are most relevant for our customers.

Raising the Bar for Transparency

We have already taken an important first step by making all 107 Bayer-owned glyphosate safety studies public. Later this year, we will pilot a program inviting scientists, journalists and NGOs to participate in our preparation for the upcoming EU glyphosate re-registration process.

Our new standard is to not only give access to studies about what we do, but also to show how they are conducted and how we do it.

Raising the Bar for Crop Protection Registration

In 2012, Bayer committed to removing all products from the market across the world that contained an active substance considered a Class 1 toxin by the World Health Organization, regardless of whether they were allowed in a particular market. After listening to feedback from several industry leaders, we are making more changes to how we approve products for market.

We will apply consistent safety standards to our products — even when it means exceeding local regulations. We will only sell crop protection products in developing markets that meet the safety standards of the local market, as well as the standards of a majority of leading regulators. And we will look to work with stakeholders to ensure that this commitment is implemented globally.

Raising the Bar for Success

We intend to give farmers access to more tools — from chemical and non-chemical tools to digital advancements and agronomic support — in order to manage weeds. Over the next decade, we will invest 5 billion Euros in new weed management solutions, empowering farmers to implement sustainable strategies by 2029. This R&D investment will go towards improving the understanding of resistance mechanisms, discovering and developing new modes of action, further developing tailored integrated weed management (IWM) solutions and recommendations through digital farming tools and insights, and enhancing partnerships with weed scientists around the world to help tailor customized solutions to farmers at the local level.

Raising the Bar for Engagement and Collaboration

We will convene the brightest minds in chemistry, biology and data sciences to drive agriculture forward. To bolster company-wide sustainability efforts, inspire new thinking and challenge our standards, we will invite global experts and stakeholders to participate in a Bayer Sustainability Council.

We will invite global experts and stakeholders to participate in a Bayer Sustainability Council.

Serving as a sounding board for Bayer’s leadership team, this international council will help set new standards for transparency in our industry and will measure our ongoing progress.

We know our commitment is bold, but it is only the first step of our journey. An effort of this scale requires many different perspectives. And we’re dedicated to incorporating the voices of other agricultural leaders in our global approach.

As with all ambitious goals, we don’t yet have all the answers. But when it comes to the future of farming, for the benefit of our environment, we will continue to seek answers with diverse partners to help make more sustainable decisions.