Development of Sustainability at Bayer

From 2015 onward

  • Integrated annual reporting for the first time in line with the new GRI G4 guidelines 
  • New targets in the areas of Innovation, Sustainability and Employees – without consideration of Covestro owing to its legal separation as a listed company 
  • Extension and updating of the “Bayer Human Rights Policy” 
  • New Policy “Safety at the Bayer Group” 
  • Updating of Directive “Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Audits” 
  • New Directive “Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Performance Reporting”


  • Update of Materiality Analysis
  • Start of „Behavioral Safety“ initiative
  • Group-wide project „Integrated Compliance Management“ (ICM)
  • Annual Report and Sustainable Development Report are combined: Bayer publishes first integrated report in 2014
  • An ambitious new program of non-financial targets is presented.


  • Procedures, competences and responsibilities for the process and plant safety initiative are set out in a Group directive.
  • Bayer implements the Group-wide Transportation Safety Platform.
  • Bayer publishes its position on the protection of biodiversity.
  • The Bayer Academy is launched with the specific purpose of giving managers further training.
  • Bayer HealthCare continues training on the Compliance Manual.


  • The Group Responsible Marketing & Sales Policy and specific compliance manuals for the HealthCare business are adopted. 
  • A new target for the reduction of industrial injuries is established.
  • The Anti-Corruption Procedure is updated and tightened.
  • Bayer implements the CSO (Chief Sustainable Officer) function on the Board of Management.
  • A third party due diligence project for the compliance testing of business partners is launched.


  • Bayer expands its supplier management, co-founding the “Together for Sustainability” initiative and becoming a member of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI).
  • Bayer publishes its Group Water Position.
  • Roll-out and implementation of the process and plant safety initiative begin.
  • The Sustainability Program launched in 2009 is expanded.
  • Roll-out and implementation of the sustainability targets for 2015, including new and ambitious climate goals, begin.
  • Stakeholder Check pilot projects are initiated.
  • Bayer establishes a Group Compliance Office.
  • Bayer joins the UNGC-LEAD initiative.


  • The Program of Objectives for 2006-2010 is completed.
  • A Group Directive on the Management of Compliance Incidents is adopted.
  • Bayer adopts a procedure for recording and reporting greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Bayer launches pilot projects for the Resource Efficiency Check.
  • The STRUCTese™ energy efficiency management system is introduced.
  • The Sustainability Check is rolled out.


  • As part of the sustainability strategy, the Sustainability Program with its core issues of health care, nutrition and climate is adopted.
  • Bayer launches the global implementation of its Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • Bayer adopts directives on process and plant safety, occupational safety and health protection in the workplace and publishes its Code of Conduct for Responsible Lobbying.

Before 2009

  • 2008: Bayer implements REACH.
  • 2008: The strategy for sustainability in procurement is expanded.
  • 2007: The Climate Program is launched.
  • 2007: Bayer adopts positions on the themes of human rights, biomonitoring, the responsible use of gene technology and nanotechnology.
  • 2006: The Bayer Sustainable Development Policy is adopted.
  • 2005: Systematic initiatives to reduce child labor in India are launched.
  • 2004: Sustainability committees are organizationally established in the Group.
  • 2003: Bayer becomes an organizational stakeholder in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
  • 2003: Bayer defines key performance indicators for health, safety and the environment (HSE)
  • 2000: Bayer is a founding member of the UN Global Compact.