Our Consumer Health Commitments

Empowering Personal Health Sustainably

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Guided by our mission of "Health for all, Hunger for none," we promote inclusive growth and a responsible use of resources to help people and the planet thrive. Our goals are ambitious and we are tracking them with the same rigor as our financial goals.


Enabling Access to Everyday Health Solutions

Bayer’s Consumer Health division is committed to enabling sustainable access to everyday health for 100 million people per year in underserved communities around the world by 2030.

 

Currently, over half of the world’s population does not have access to health services. If today’s trajectory continues, five billion people will be left behind by 2030. 

 

This barrier to healthcare disproportionately impacts people in underserved communities who are sometimes unable to work, go to school, support their families, or spend time with their loved ones because they can’t prevent or treat everyday health ailments.

 

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The Nutrient Gap Initiative

Nearly 1 in 3 people globally don’t have access to essential vitamins and minerals, which can lead to poor immunity, fragile health, stunted growth and other issues which preclude people from living a healthy life and breaking out of intergenerational cycles of poverty. 

 

As leaders in nutritional supplements, we understand the importance of proper micronutrient intake, and the challenges of enabling access to them, especially for those who need them most. This is why we launched The Nutrient Gap Initiative, our signature program to expand access to vitamins and minerals into underserved communities.

 

We activate our scale, adapt our portfolio and coordinate with partners to bridge the nutrient gap through:

 

Intervention: We bring vitamins and minerals within physical and financial reach.

 

Education: We empower healthcare providers and people in underserved communities with the information they need to understand nutrition, a balanced diet and the role supplementation plays, if needed.

Advocacy: We use our scale and partnerships to advocate for access to good nutrition.

 

Through The Nutrient Gap Initiative, we aim to reach 50 million people annually by 2030.

 

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Environmental Sustainability

We’ve set a goal to become climate neutral at our production sites by 2030, and at the same time, decrease the environmental impact of our products.

 

To meet this goal, we’re lowering emissions across our value chain as part of our science-based targets and developing more eco-friendly packaging. 

 

Climate Neutrality

We have established a roadmap to meet climate neutrality across our production sites (Scope 1 and 2 emissions). For example, we have already implemented renewable energy at three key production facilities that serve the Consumer Health division of Bayer — Alcala, Spain and Darmstadt, Germany in Europe, and Guatemala City in Latin America. At Alcala, this effort helped reduce the site’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 75% from 2019 to 2020. We are also engaging with our suppliers and partners to reduce our Scope 3 emissions across our value chain.

 

Environmental Impact

Human health and the health of our planet are inextricably linked. Scientific data has made clear that climate change is one of the biggest global health threats of our time, which is why Bayer is committed to providing personal health solutions for people around the world in ways that protect our planet. As part of our ongoing effort to create a healthier world, we are investing €100 million to improve how our Consumer Health products are made and consumed.

Through this investment, we’re able to accelerate the implementation of Bayer’s ambitious 2030 sustainability commitments with a three-pronged, science-based action plan in which we are:

 

1
Prioritizing sustainable brands, products and packaging.  This includes transforming 100% of Bayer’s Consumer Health packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2030.
2
Turbocharging our commitment to carbon neutrality by taking specific and strategic actions to increase energy efficiency and go renewable across our entire value chain.
3

Urging collective action with others to drive sustained change, including helping to develop and sign the Global Self-Care Federation’s environmental charter that encourages industry-wide action on the global environmental challenges facing self-care.

 

As a global leader in personal health, our Consumer Health division plays an essential role in helping achieve Bayer’s sustainability commitments.

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