We assess the possible health and environmental risks of a product along the entire value chain. This starts with research and development and continues through production, marketing and use by the customer through to disposal.
Since 1994 Bayer has supported the voluntary Responsible Care™ initiative of the chemical industry, which was globalized in 2006 with the introduction of the Responsible Care™ Global Charter. We cover all main elements of the charter at all Group sites with our HSEQ (health, safety, environmental protection and quality) management systems and activities. We are also actively involved in the further development of scientific risk assessment through our work in associations and initiatives.
Product Stewardship in the Use of Biotechnology
Biotechnological methods are used for product development in our Pharmaceuticals and Crop Protection businesses. Biotechnology has already gained significant importance in pharmaceutical product development. The Bayer products Betaferon™ / Betaseron™, Eylea™ and Kogenate™ are manufactured by a biotechnological process. Further biotechnologically manufactured active ingredients are undergoing clinical development. Plant biotechnology can improve crop yields, yield security and the stress tolerance of plants through both genetic engineering and conventional breeding methods but with the same input of resources.
Safety is Bayer’s top priority in the use of biotechnology, too. Beyond our observance of all relevant legal provisions, we have formulated a Bayer Group Regulation “Position on the Responsible Use of Gene Technology” and specific regulations for the Pharmaceuticals and Crop Science divisions. We provide our stakeholders with comprehensive, transparent and reliable information about our products and services in accordance with our Bayer Responsible Marketing & Sales Policy.
We believe in the responsible use of plant biotechnology to improve the productivity and quality of crop plants. Biotechnology is used hand-in-hand with traditional plant breeding. Tools such as marker-assisted breeding and genetic modification can be used to make plants more resistant to pests and environmental stress conditions, thus helping to increase the yield and quality of food, feed, fibers and renewable raw materials in an environmentally friendly way. We use plant biotechnology in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and industry standards. Furthermore we participate in open and constructive dialogue with our stakeholders.
Focusing on Animal Welfare
Animal studies are legally required and essential from a scientific viewpoint for assessing the safety and efficacy of our products. We aim to minimize the use of study animals and to employ alternative methods whenever possible.
Responsibility for animal welfare at Bayer lies with the Bayer Global Animal Welfare Committee. We respect all legal requirements pertaining to animal welfare, compliance with which is verified both by regulatory authorities and by means of internal audits. In addition, Bayer applies its own principles on animal welfare and animal studies, which are specified in a corporate policy we drafted in 2019 and will publish in 2020.
The Global Animal Welfare Committee monitors compliance with these principles within the Bayer Group and in external studies. Our principles also apply to the research institutes we commission and to our suppliers, whose compliance with our animal welfare requirements we regularly monitor.
Further information about animal welfare can be found in our latest Sustainability Report.
Protection against Product Counterfeiting
Counterfeit medicines and crop protection products harbor substantial risks for patients and consumers. Product counterfeiting is a global problem that can only be addressed internationally through a joint approach by industry, associations, governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Bayer consistently advocates the strengthening and expansion of existing laws and provisions aimed at the identification and confiscation of illegal products. We try to protect patients and our products through extensive measures of our own.