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:

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 2021, the Bayer Group comprised 374 consolidated companies in 83 countries.

Structure of the Bayer Group


Board of Management Crop Science Pharmaceuticals Consumer Health Enabling Functions

Business Operations Are the Responsibility of the Divisions

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The 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.

The 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.

farmer on field with laptop

The 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. 

Central Service Functions

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The 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


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With 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™, Mirena™/Kyleena™/Jaydess™, Kogenate™/Kovaltry™/Jivi™, Adalat™, YAZ™/Yasmin™/Yasminelle™, Adempas™, Aspirin™ Cardio, Stivarga™, CT Fluid Delivery, Nexavar™, Gadovist™ product family, Ultravist™, Betaferon™/Betaseron™, Xofigo™
  • 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 374 consolidated companies** in 83 countries. Global headquarters are in Leverkusen, Germany.

Bayer Worldwide

** fully consolidated subsidiaries (as of December. 31, 2021)


Our Employees

On December 31, 2021, Bayer employed 99,637 (2020: 99,538) people worldwide. In Germany we had 23,116 (2020: 23,398) employees, which was 23.2% of the total Bayer Group workforce (2020: 23.5%).


Employees by Region and Gender in 2021

employees by region and gender 2021

Bayer Stock


Bayer Group Key Data


Bayer Group 2020 2021 Change
  € million € million %
Sales 41,400 44,081 6.48
EBIT1 -16,169 3,353 120.74
EBIT before special items2 7,095 7,295 2.82
EBITDA3 -2,910 6,409 320.24
EBITDA before special items2 11,461 11,179 -2.46
EBITDA margin before special items (in %)4 27.7 25.4 -8.30
Income before income taxes -17,250 2,046 111.86
Net income -10,495 1,000 109.53
Earnings per share (€)5 -10.68 1.02 109.55
Core earnings per share (€)6 6.39 6.51 1.88
Net financial debt 30,045 33,137 10.29
Capital expenditures as per segment table 3,138 3,004 -4.27
Research and development expenses 7,126 5,412 -24.05
Dividend per Bayer AG share (€) 2.00 2.00 0

figures restated
1-6 for definition see footnotes to alternative performance measures Bayer Group (as of Dec. 31, 2021)


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