Disaster Aid: Immediate Assistance and Reconstruction


Disaster aid is a component of Bayer’s social responsibility commitment. The company provides rapid assistance without red tape in many emergency situations around the world.

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Bayer donates medicines worth 3.7 million euro for Ebola victims.

To provide targeted assistance to people who find themselves in situations of acute need as a result of natural disasters, Bayer pursues a dual strategy: the company provides immediate assistance following natural disasters – both through monetary and medical donations and through donations in kind to rebuild infrastructure.

In addition, the Bayer Cares Foundation – Bayer AG’s social needs organization – supports sustainable reconstruction projects. This includes, for example, supporting education and health care centers.The long-term programs that Bayer implements in disaster zones together with its country companies and partner organizations are geared toward helping those affected to help themselves. Local disaster aid is often made possible by the commitment and donations of Bayer employees.
A selection of Bayer’s disaster aid activities around the world since 2007 is described below.



As part of its disaster relief program, Bayer is making available immediate assistance of EUR 100,000 for people impacted by the severe flooding in India. This aid will offer swift relief to those in need in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The donation will go to Concern India Foundation for immediate health assistance for people impacted by the severe weather. Established in 1991, this foundation is held in high regard by the public and is a long-standing strategic partner of Bayer in the area of disaster relief.


In 2017 Bayer supported in total 13 projects in regions that were in emergency situations. They received donations of money, medicines, and products worth more than EUR 1.36 million.

The United States was struck by multiple hurricanes in August and September 2017. Bayer is donating medicines worth around EUR 450,000 to the affected people. The medicines have been donated to the non-profit organizations Direct Relief (worth EUR 269,000), the American Red Cross (worth EUR 104,000) and Feeding America (worth EUR 76,000) for direct distribution to those injured during the storms. Additionally U.S. animal welfare organizations received EUR 24,000 to help care for pets and livestock injured by the Hurricane.

The Brazilian organization Mundo Positivo received a donation of EUR 203,000 to implement a preventive program in the state of Pernambuco, which has been hit by the Zika virus.


Ecuador and Japan

Bayer is supporting victims of the devastating earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan with donations worth EUR 320,000. In Ecuador, the company is providing medicines worth a total of EUR 250,000 for medical care in the earthquake zone. The donation is being coordinated through the Association of the Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry, which works closely with the Ministry of Health. In Japan, Bayer is supporting the relief effort of the Red Cross with a donation of EUR 73,000.


Bayer is making drugs with a market value of just under EUR 1.5 million available free of charge to aid organizations and authorities in Turkey, Greece and Austria to treat refugees. The biggest share of the donation, which includes ointments, pain relievers and antibiotics, is to go to Turkey.

Bayer is also already implementing several programs for the integration of refugees. These include a pilot project with the Berlin Senate to introduce scientific study materials for refugee children with no knowledge of German and a foundation course providing language training and career guidance to young people.

Earthquake in Nepal destroyed lots of buildings.

Bayer is supporting the emergency relief efforts with a donation to support rescue teams and measures to safeguard basic health care.


Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Bayer is supporting the emergency relief efforts with a donation worth EUR 100,000. The financial aid is going to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund in India to support rescue teams and measures to safeguard basic health care.

The fund, which was founded in 1948 and is exclusively supported via donations, is under the aegis of the Indian Prime Minister and specializes in emergency and disaster aid in India and its neighboring states.

Owing to the direct proximity of Nepal the fund was able to rapidly mobilize emergency aid. More than two dozen mobile teams are currently in action as part of a massive aid program launched by the Indian government to supply the population in the earthquake zone with essentials and make roads accessible again.

Update June 2015:

Bayer is supporting victims of the earthquakes in Nepal with medicines. The U.S. aid organization Direct Relief has assumed responsibility for distributing the donated drugs worth more than EUR 300,000, mainly comprising pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medication.


Children in Liberia wash their hands. Awareness and prevention campaigns have been introduced to inform the population in rural areas about how to help prevent the spread of Ebola.


Bayer helps Ebola patients in West Africa with one of the largest packages of donations in the company's history. The Group was making drugs with a market value of 3.7 million euro available to treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

The donated medicine is the antibiotic ciprofloxacin. This medication does not treat the ebola infection itself, but can be used for life-threatening secondary bacterial infections.

The greatest part of the drug donation, 2.57 million euro, was given to the American organization "Direct Relief". Additionally "action medeor" received an antibiotic donation to a value of 1.15 million euro. This medical aid organization is the largest Germany-based aid institution specializing in medicines.

The company was also giving 50,000 euro to "action medeor" to help finance the purchase of the protective clothing needed in two isolation wards that were set up in Monrovia at the end of October 2014. Bayer has also already donated EUR 25,000 to Caritas international for purchasing and distributing hand sanitizer in Liberia as a preventive measure.

Days of rain have caused devastating floods in Southeast Europe. Bayer is providing immediate relief in the form of money and medicines.

Southeast Europe
Following the devastating floods in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and parts of Croatia, Bayer has provided immediate relief in the form of money and medicines worth around EUR 60,000.
EUR 25,000 were going to the Red Cross organizations in the respective countries and to a donation hotline set up by the Serbian government. Bayer intends this money to be used for the emergency provision of water, food, medicines and hygiene products in the flooded areas. In addition, the company has provided urgently needed medicines worth a total of around EUR 35,000.


A plane of the German Red Cross flew in medicines donated by Bayer to the disaster area in the Philippines.


A total of EUR 280,000 was donated for the victims of the typhoon "Haiyan", known as typhoon "Yolanda" in the Philippines by Bayer and its employees.

Directly after the destructive typhoon, Bayer provided immediate relief in the form of medicines and monetary donations worth EUR 500,000.

As a result, the total aid provided by Bayer for the inhabitants of the Philippines amounts to EUR 780,000.

The reconstruction projects focus on the city of Tacloban, with its inhabitants and those of the surroundings being particularly severely affected by the devastation. Together with the German and Philippine Red Cross, the Bayer Cares Foundation is implementing a raft of measures to provide basic medical care for the victims, making EUR 90,000 available for this purpose. These include the reconstruction of existing and the planning of new health care facilities and the training of medical personnel. In addition, with a funding of EUR 100,000, the foundation is supporting Caritas international with the reconstruction of the surgical department and an operating theater in the Mother of Mercy Hospital in Tacloban. A further EUR 90,000 are going to the aid organization Habitat, which is building 2,500 homes to permanently accommodate families.

Bayer employees have donated EUR 52,000 for the victims of the major floods in Bitterfeld, Germany. The company added EUR 50,000 to bring the total donation to EUR 102,000. The Bayer donation had gone to non-profit organizations to support reconstruction projects, which benefit children and young people in the region.


Bayer provided emergency aid totaling USD 150,000 to victims of hurricane “Sandy” on the northeastern coast of the USA. The American Red Cross and Save the Children each received half of the donation from the Bayer USA Foundation. The financial support was aimed at local people who have been worst affected to help them with food, clothing, healthcare and accommodation.


Following the flooding in Australia, Bayer donated EUR 75,000 to the Australian Red Cross, which helped the Australian government to deal with the damage. Bayer also made available veterinary pharmaceuticals and insect control products with a total value of EUR 10,000.

Following the flooding in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Bayer provided EUR 172,000 in emergency aid. The company made available EUR 100,000 for reconstruction activities and supported various organizations with product donations worth EUR 72,000. This included urgently needed medicines, pest control products and animal health products.

East Africa
In response to the hunger crisis in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, Bayer supported the UN World Food Programme with a monetary donation of EUR 100,000. That organization works on behalf of more than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa who are affected by famine, in part by air-lifting to the region special food for malnourished children.

Following the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the company provided emergency relief in the form of an EUR 880,000 donation to the Japanese Red Cross and the donation of medicines worth EUR 700,000 to the Japanese health authorities. Thanks to a joint donation campaign of the employees and management, the Bayer Cares Foundation is also providing the aid organization Ashinaga with funding of EUR 700,000 for the construction of the “Tohoku Rainbow House”, a care center for children who lost their parents in the disaster. The aim is to offer the children psychological support, as well as work together with local residents to integrate them into the reconstruction of the community. Bayer’s relief aid to Japan totals nearly EUR 2.3 million.

New Zealand
Following the major earthquake in New Zealand, Bayer – together with its employees – made available to the local Red Cross emergency aid totaling EUR 75,000. What’s more, the company donated medicines with a total value of EUR 10,000.

Bayer provided emergency aid to flood victims in the Philippines in the form of product and monetary donations worth EUR 23,000. Bayer employees also donated materials such as canned goods, clothing and children’s toys.

Thailand and Cambodia
Following the flood disaster, Bayer supported the Red Cross in Thailand with a product and monetary donation worth EUR 52,000. With the help of the donations, the aid organization made available life boats, mobile boats for medical care, bags containing relief materials and floating toilets. Bayer supported the Cambodian Red Cross with a product and monetary donation worth EUR 17,000.


Immediately after the earthquake, Bayer donated antibiotics and pain-relievers with a total value in excess of EUR 650,000. Bayer and its employees also made available through the foundation EUR 350,000 for the construction of a health center. The center provides services above all to pregnant women and to children, and will also offer vaccination, health care and hygiene programs to the general population. Bayer’s aid for Haiti totaled more than EUR 1 million.

For the victims of the flood disaster in Pakistan, Bayer donated medicines with a value of EUR 97,000 and supported Caritas international with direct emergency funding of EUR 50,000. This enabled tens of thousands of people to be provided with food, articles of daily use, household goods and emergency accommodation. Moreover, the Bayer Cares Foundation together with Dawn Relief and UNICEF is providing assistance through a long-term project to reconstruct the affected region. The foundation is providing funds totaling EUR 100,000 for the construction of some 60 single-family homes, a school and a vocational training center in which young people can learn electrical engineering, mechanical and woodworking skills.


In view of the devastating fires and the severe flood disaster in Australia, Bayer donated EUR 50,000 to the Australian Red Cross that was used in cooperation with the Australian government to help individuals and those particularly affected by the disasters to cope with the damage.



Together with its employees, Bayer provided emergency relief following the earthquake in the form of medical, material and monetary donations. Furthermore, the Bayer Cares Foundation joined with the Chinese Red Cross to provide a school center with 20 classrooms, 50 apartments and a mobile clinic in the form of modern containers. The school also received medicines, beds, whiteboards and other fixtures and fittings so that classes could start again just three months after the disaster had struck. Bayer’s total support exceeded EUR 2.2 million.


Following “Typhoon Sidr,” Bayer provided local emergency relief and also made available EUR 100,000 for infrastructure projects. In neighboring India, 3,000 Bayer employees each donated a day’s wages.

Against the background of the devastating forest fires in large areas of Greece, the Bayer Cares Foundation provided financial support of EUR 150,000 for reconstruction activities in particularly hard-hit communities.

Bayer donated medicines and insecticides with a total value of approximately EUR 260,000 for victims of the flooding in the Mexican state of Tabasco.