Shaping Agriculture for Farmers, Consumers & the Planet
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Ingenuity is the engine that drives human progress. It sparks breakthroughs needed to address the world’s biggest challenges and makes the unimaginable possible.
At Bayer, we believe in the power of human ingenuity to shape one of humankind’s first inventions: agriculture. For more than 150 years, we’ve used science and imagination to help better people’s lives by advancing health and nutrition. And together, we can achieve so much more.
We’re committed to a better world. A world in which:
biodiversity thrives in harmony with humankind
hunger and climate change are terms relegated to history books
farms are more sustainable, with plants that are more adaptive and resilient
agriculture increases economic prosperity for all families and their communities
Working together, we can make agriculture part of the solution. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to grasp this moment and help move humanity forward by tirelessly shaping what’s possible.
We use human ingenuity to pursue products, services and ideas that can shape the future of agriculture, in 3 key areas:
Farmers need innovation to not only grow enough, but also to grow better by reducing the amount of natural resources used. At Bayer, we have leading research and development capabilities in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, and data science to deliver tailored solutions to farmers faster than ever before. We believe in collaborations with partners around the world to create positive change for farmers, consumers, and the planet.
We believe every investment in innovation should also be an investment in sustainability. Our long-term success as a company lies not in selling more products, but in providing farmers with the best solutions so they can achieve better harvests using less water, land and energy.
Data science and innovative digital tools enable us to sustainably improve the efficiency for our own operations while, at the same time, empowering farmers to make better decisions about how to grow crops. Like the smart tools that help us in our daily lives, digital farming is enabling individual solutions tailored to each farm’s needs: the right product in the right place, at the right time and in the right amount.
As a new leader in agriculture, we understand the importance of living up to our responsibilities to farmers, consumers and the environment. That’s why we are raising the bar in transparency, sustainability and engagement.
As we strive to deliver the best solutions for agriculture, we hold ourselves to the highest standards in our interactions with farmers, policy makers, media, NGOs, and consumers who want to know more about our business.
We collaborate with others to find better solutions to address food and environmental challenges.
We set high ethical standards to 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.
We prioritize inclusion and diversity in our company.
We are committed to transparency and dialog.
We are committed to improving lives through a food system that is better for farmers, consumers, and the planet. Fulfilling this vision will require Bayer to fundamentally re-imagine what it means to be an agriculture company. This starts by outlining measurable targets that can be tracked by independent sources and based on input from a variety of societal stakeholders.
We will know that our efforts are making a difference when:
Our value as a company is based on our ability to provide farmers with the best tools and solutions to grow enough with less.
Farms of all sizes receive the innovation needed faster than ever before.
Our open research begins to foster more constructive, science-based dialogue.
All those involved in the food system, from planting to harvest, find common ground around the future of agriculture.
Stakeholders come to the table and work together toward shared goals.
We cannot realize this vision alone. Turning today’s impossibilities into tomorrow’s breakthroughs will require strong collaboration with scientists, innovators, regulators, and farmers. And it requires open, transparent dialogue that builds trust with consumers.
Raising the bar
Bayer has a heightened responsibility and the unique potential to shape agriculture for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and the planet. We are committed to living up to this responsibility and using our full potential. While we have always held ourselves to a high standard, conversations with farmers, NGOs, policy makers, and our customers, inspire us to elevate our efforts in transparency, sustainability, and how we engage with our stakeholders.
This effort starts with an open dialogue with our global partners, as well as the commitments that shape sustainable action and our role in the future of agriculture.
Our efforts to help cultivate the next generation of leaders
Like farmers, Bayer thinks in terms of generations. We have a responsibility to use the expertise of today’s leaders to help develop the minds and the interests of tomorrow’s leaders. Toward that end, we support initiatives that promote agricultural and science education, including:
The Bayer Societal Engagement (BASE) Principles
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, as framed in our Charter of Ethical Principles. These principles govern how we measure ourselves as well as how we want to be measured.