Crop Science Division

Shaping Agriculture for Farmers,
Consumers & the Planet

 

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Who We Are 

In the face of a changing climate, limited natural resources and a growing population, there has never been a greater need for innovation in agriculture.

At Bayer, we’re a responsible, global team working to shape agriculture through breakthrough innovation for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet.

From the Earth’s deepest roots to its highest satellites, we combine modern science with farmers’ ingenuity to put innovation at their fingertips to help nourish our growing world and preserve natural resources. And, while we don’t have all the answers, our passion for discovery, collaboration and curiosity means we will never stop striving to find them.

Through our work, we’re committed to delivering better solutions for all farmers while enabling more choice for consumers to help them and our planet thrive. Across more than 35 research sites and over 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 employees speaks more than 30 languages and represents dozens of nationalities - what unites us is our shared passion for agriculture.

Preserving the Environment with Modern Agriculture

Modern agriculture is about using continuous improvements in agricultural innovations and farming practices in order to help farmers increase efficiency and reduce the amount of natural resources—water, land, and energy—necessary to meet the world’s food, fuel, and fiber needs.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, population growth and environmental degradation are the biggest threats to humankind. Now more than ever, the world needs innovative modern agricultural solutions to address the challenges facing our food system.

No one can overstate the difficult challenge we face to help grow healthy crops for a growing world while using less natural resources and preserving the environment. But neither should we underestimate our capacity to achieve great things when we are united by a common goal. Guided by our purpose of Science for a better life, we will make a difference for farmers and consumers.

What We Do 

We work to benefit not only the farmer, but also consumers and the ecosystem. Through the pillars of innovation, sustainability, and digital transformation we hope to balance the growing needs of humanity and the natural resources of our planet. Expand the sections below to read more about our Crop Science division and what we’re working 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 science and innovation is crucial to address the challenges facing farming and agriculture. We provide farmers with the best possible solutions to address these challenges. Our industry-leading innovation engine builds on a unique combination of digital tools, seeds and traits, and crop protection. Bringing together our expertise across these disciplines uniquely positions us to deliver more innovation, faster.

We offer tailored solutions to reflect the specific needs of farmers’ fields, 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 industries to deliver innovative and inspiring products and services 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 and our sustainability targets are as important to us as our financial targets. With a holistic view on sustainability that focuses on environmental, social and economic progress, we aim to ensure bountiful harvests today while helping our planet and communities thrive for our children and the generations to come.

We aim to empower all farmers, big and small, to reach their farming potential and foster reliable growth for their businesses, communities and livelihoods. In the face of a changing climate and a global population set to reach 10 billion by 2050, we are passionate about growing crops in a safe way that preserves natural resources and the environment, helping to ensure food accessibility and nutrition, hygiene and well-being for all, 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 advanced solutions, including digital tools and data analytics, to accelerate our research and that of our partners and collaborators. Through The Climate Corporation, we offer innovative and and cutting-edge digital farming technologies that help farmers use resources more efficiently and reach their full 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.

We set high standards for the digitization of our pipeline, product supply chain, 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 contributes to constant advancements in safety and transparency across all functions within our business.

How We Do Things 

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

We set high ethical standards that 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 Transparency

In 2017, we launched the Bayer Transparency Initiative, a commitment to allowing public access to safety research information related to Bayer’s crop protection products.

By providing access to our safety data we hope to enable people to see how things work and why we make the conclusions we do - to help demystify pesticides and other crop protection products. Our transparency platform hosts study summaries covering residue, environmental fate, toxicology, ecotoxicology and over 300 study summaries on the safety of glyphosate.

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 Commitment to Making a Positive Impact

We are committed to developing innovative products and solutions to benefit farmers, consumers, and our planet. The principles of sustainable development are a focus in everything we do and are engrained in every aspect of our business.

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

Commitment to Communities

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

Promoting Sustainability in Agriculture

We promote and are constantly seeking to improve sustainable farming practices. Through these projects, we work with all participants in the food chain to sustainably safeguard and increase yields, and satisfy quality criteria.

The numerous partnerships and initiatives we are involved in support this commitment:

Commitment to Smallholder Farming: Small Land, Large Impact

The contributions of smallholder farmers are vital to 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 modern agriculture techniques, with a focus on education, customized agronomic solutions and partnerships.

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Cultivating the Next Generation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Outreach

We believe in fostering education around the world to inspire the next generation of agriculture leaders, innovators and decision makers

Like farmers, we think in generations. It’s our responsibility to help develop the next generation of agricultural leaders. We support a number of initiatives promoting agricultural and science education, including:

Charter of Ethics

We operate worldwide and see ourselves as an active, contributing 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.