Corporate Governance

Duties and Activities of the Board of Management

The  Board of Management runs the Company on its own responsibility with the goal of sustainably increasing the company’s enterprise value and achieving defined corporate objectives. The Board of Management performs its tasks according to the law, the Articles of Incorporation and the Board’s rules of procedure, and works with the company’s other governance bodies in a spirit of trust.

The Board of Management of Bayer AG defines the long-term goals and the strategies for the company and the Group and sets forth the principles and directives for the resulting corporate policies. It coordinates and monitors the most important activities, defines the portfolio, develops and deploys managerial staff, allocates resources and decides on the Group’s financial steering and reporting.

The members of the Board of Management bear joint responsibility for running the business as a whole. However, the individual members manage the areas assigned to them on their own responsibility within the framework of the decisions made by the full Board. The allocation of functions among the members of the Board of Management is defined in a written schedule.

The full Board of Management makes decisions on all matters of fundamental importance and in cases where a decision of the full Board is prescribed by law or otherwise mandatory. The rules of procedure of the Board of Management contain a list of topics that must be dealt with and resolved by the full Board.

Meetings of the Board of Management are held regularly. They are convened by the Chairman of the Board of Management. Any member of the Board of Management may also demand that a meeting be convened. The Board of Management makes decisions by a simple majority of the votes cast, except where unanimity is required by law. In the event of a tie, the Chairman has the casting vote.

According to the Board of Management’s rules of procedure and the functional responsibilities assigned to its members, the Chairman bears particular responsibility for leading and coordinating the Board’s work. He represents the company and the Group in dealings with third parties and the workforce on matters relating to more than one part of the company or the Group. He also bears special responsibility for certain functions.


Effective January 1, 2016, the Board of Management was enlarged by three members as part of the Bayer Group’s sole focus on the Life Science business and the associated reorganization. In addition to the function of Board Chairman and the three functions newly created as of January 1, 2016, each of which has special responsibility for one of the operating divisions, there were initially four further functions: Strategy and Portfolio Management; Finance; Human Resources, Technology and Sustainability (the incumbent also serving as Labor Director); and Innovation. With the appointment of the new Chairman of the Board of Management effective May 1, 2016, the Strategy and Portfolio Management function was allocated to the Chairman.

A Deal Committee was established within the Board of Management to make the final decisions on corporate acquisitions, divestments or licensing transactions above a defined medium size. There are no other committees within the Board of Management.