In executing its mandate, Bayer East Africa is committed to fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities (CSR) as a responsible corporate citizen to the broader society, to contribute to economic and social development while improving the quality of life. We aim at contributing to society’s future viability and creating value in diverse ways. Within the scope of our social commitment, we make targeted strategic investments in the areas of agriculture, health, youth empowerment, science and education. This commitment is an integral element of Bayer’s corporate policy.
Community Empowerment: As a responsible corporate citizen, we are committed to supporting the needy communities in Kenya. Our Rabbit keeping project at Inkisanjani Primary School in Oloitoktok, Kajiado County is helping the Maasai community learn about Rabbit keeping as a feasible economic activity and also raising school fees for standard 8 pupils for their secondary school education. Through the project, members of the Inkisanjani community have now embraced commercial rabbit farming and school drop outs have significantly reduced.
Women Health: Obstetric Fistula remains a great impediment to the dignity of womankind. It is a childbirth injury caused by prolonged, unrelieved obstructed labour that renders a woman incontinent – an injury that can only be treated through surgery. At Bayer, we believe no woman should endure a life of isolation simply for bringing a child into this world. Through our ‘Restoring the dignity of an African Woman’ programme in partnership with AMREF Kenya, we provide surgeries to fistula patients for free. So far, more than 200 women from West Pokot and Kajiado counties have been treated and their social pride restored.
Environment Conservation: We strive to play our part in the well-being of the society and commit to protect the environment, recognizing that our business operations may have an impact on the natural world. By supporting the annual Rhino Charge event in Kenya, we contribute towards the conservation and protection of Kenya’s mountain range ecosystems, the so-called “Water Towers”.
Education: Sustainability for us means assurance of long-term success within a stable economic, social and natural environment. We believe that with the values we have established, and the policies and business practices developed from these, we are well prepared for the move towards sustainability. By supporting Baba Dogo Primary School, we enhance the learning environment and support access to basic education. At Baba Dogo, we have already renovated the special unit classrooms and pupils’ toilets, and provide free sanitary towels to the girls through a termly programme.
Youth Empowerment: We understand that the success of any society is deeply rooted in youth empowerment, and that the future of such is determined by the role the young people play today. Through our annual international exchange programmes, we aim to nurture the next generation of leaders. The annual Bayer Fellowship programme seeks to empower enthusiastic students and young professionals who seek financial support for a study project in Life Science; Biology, Chemistry, Medicine/Health or related fields in Germany while the bi-annual Bayer Ag-Youth Summit provides the rare opportunity for young and hungry minds from around the world to meet, all expenses paid for, and share their ideas and develop a plan of action on how to enhance food security. These programmes seek to improve the quality of our youth by exposing them to the international community so they can learn and borrow best practises. These programmes present to the Kenyan University students the rare opportunity to travel the world on a mission to becoming better leaders, of today and tomorrow.
Sanitation: As a research based company with a strong Pharmaceuticals portfolio, we are committed to making a valuable contribution towards good health practises in Kenya. To promote hygiene and reduce the spread of infectious diseases, we have constructed clean water points at the main entrance and exit of the Kenyatta National Hospital. The clean water points are a source of clean drinking water and promote hand washing to more than 20,000 patients and visitors that visit Kenyatta National Hospital every day.
Reproductive Health: Reproductive Health is an integral aspect of a country’s population control and development. By working with a range of partners, we aim towards the goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights including family planning and ultimately contributing to the development of the Kenyan Society. Our ‘Young Adolescent Project’ in Kilifi, in collaboration with DSW is empowering the youth by training them on reproductive health and rights. The project supports peer education among young adolescents on sexual health and creates a conducive social environment for effective communication between the adolescents and adults. We also support the annual World Contraception Day in different parts of Kenya.