Profile and Organization

Names, Facts, Figures about Bayer

Bayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. With our innovative products, we are contributing to finding solutions to some of the major challenges of our time.

The Bayer Cross is one of the world´s best-known trademarks

A growing and aging world population requires an adequate supply of food and improved medical care. With our innovative products, we are contributing to finding solutions to some of the major challenges of our time. With life expectancy continuing to rise, we improve quality of life for a growing population by focusing our research and development activities on preventing, alleviating and treating diseases. We are also making an important contribution to providing a reliable supply of high-quality food, feed and plant-based raw materials.


Our goal is to create value for our customers, stockholders and employees, while also strengthening the company’s earning power. We are committed to operating sustainably and addressing our social and ethical responsibilities. Employees with a passion for innovation enjoy excellent development opportunities at Bayer. All this goes to make up our purpose:


Tagline Science for a better life


Exclusive Focus on the Life Science Businesses

The Bayer Group is managed as a life science company with three divisions – Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Crop Science, which are also our reporting segments. The Enabling Functions support the operational business. In 2020, the Bayer Group comprised 385 consolidated companies in 83 countries.


Structure of the Bayer Group


Board of ManagementCrop Science PharmaceuticalsConsumer HealthEnabling functions

Business Operations Are the Responsibility of the Divisions


ph-content180x120_0The Pharmaceuticals division focuses on prescription products, especially for cardiology and women’s healthcare, and on specialty therapeutics in the areas of oncology, hematology and ophthalmology. The division also comprises the radiology business, which markets diagnostic imaging equipment together with the necessary contrast agents.


ch-content180x120The Consumer Health division markets mainly nonprescription (OTC = over-the-counter) products in the dermatology, nutritional supplement, analgesic, digestive health, cold, allergy, sinus and flu categories.


orga_crop_science_0The Crop Science division is a world-leading agriculture enterprise with businesses in seeds, crop protection and nonagricultural pest control. The Crop Protection / Seeds operating unit markets a broad portfolio of high-value seeds and innovative pest management solutions, while at the same time providing extensive customer service for sustainable agriculture. The Environmental Science operating unit provides products and services for professional nonagricultural applications, such as vector and pest control and forestry.


Central Service Functions

businesswoman_with_colleagues-180x120The Enabling Functions operate as Group-wide competence centers in which business support services are bundled.




Corporate Governance

Dual governance system with the following governance bodies:


Board of Management:

six members, Chairman: Werner Baumann

Supervisory Board:

20 members, Chairman: Prof. Dr. Norbert Winkeljohann



tablets-grain-seeds_300x144_1With our products, we are contributing to finding solutions to some of the major challenges of our time. The growing and increasingly aging world population requires improved medical care and an adequate supply of food. Bayer is improving peo­ple’s quality of life by preventing, alleviating and curing diseases. And we are helping to provide a reliable supply of high-quality food, feed and plant-based raw materials.


Bayer’s extensive product portfolio contains numerous globally renowned brands.


Best-selling Bayer products are:

  • in the Pharmaceuticals field: Xarelto™, Eylea™, Adempas™, Xofigo™, Stivarga™, Mirena™-Produktfamilie, Kogenate™ / Kovaltry™ / Jivi™, Nexavar™, YAZ™ / Yasmin™ / Yasminelle™, Glucobay™, Adalat™, Aspirin™ Cardio, Betaferon™ / Betaseron™, Gadavist™ / Gadovist™ and Stellant™
  • in the Consumer Health field: Claritin™, Aspirin™, Bepanthen™ / Bepanthol™ Aleve™, Canesten™, Alka-Seltzer™-Produktfamilie, Elevit™, One A Day™ and MiraLAX™
  • the key brands in the agriculture field are: Confidor™ / Gaucho™ /Nativo™-Produktfamilie und die Prosaro™-Produktfamilie



The Bayer Group comprises 385 consolidated companies** in 83 countries. Global headquarters are in Leverkusen, Germany.

Bayer Worldwide

** fully consolidated subsidiaries (as of December. 31, 2020)


Our Employees

On December 31, 2020, Bayer employed 99,538 (2019: 103,824) people worldwide. In Germany we had 23,398 (2019: 24,953) employees, which was 23.5% of the total Bayer Group workforce (2019: 24.0%).


Employees by Region and Gender in 2020


Bayer Stock


Bayer Group Key Data


Bayer Group 2019 2020 Change
  € million € million %
Sales 43,545 41,400 -4.93
EBIT1 4,162 -16,169 -488.49
EBIT before special items2 6,975 7,095 1.72
EBITDA3 9,529 -2,910 -130.54
EBITDA before special items2 11,474 11,461 -0.11
EBITDA margin before special items (in %)4 26.3 27.7 5.32
Income before income taxes 2,853 -17,250 -704.63
Net income 4,091 -10,495 -356.54
Earnings per share (€)5 4.17 -10.68 -356.12
Core earnings per share (€)6 6.38 6.39 0.16
Net financial debt 34,068 30,041 -11.82
Capital expenditures as per segment table 2,920 3,138 7.47
Research and development expenses 5,282 4,884 -7.54
Dividend per Bayer AG share (€) 2,80 2,00 -28,57

figures restated
1-6 for definition see footnotes to alternative performance measures Bayer Group (as of Dec. 31, 2020)


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