Relevant Positions

Bayer’s Position towards the UN Sustainable Develop­ment Goals (SDGs)

In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted the “Agenda 2030” with a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals are designed to offer solutions to overcoming global challenges such as poverty, hunger, inequality, climate change and numerous others.

Bayer explicitly advocates the comprehensive approach of the SDGs. As a global Life Science company, our innovations, products and services enable us to make an important contribution to overcoming some of the biggest challenges:

SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Bayer has introduced “high-quality food for all” as a central element of its sustainable development program. We consider the achievement of this objective to be inextricably linked with sustainable agriculture.

Feeding an increasing number of people from increasingly scarce arable land is a global challenge for the agriculture industry. This land must be cultivated in such a way that harvest yields and quality can be increased in an environmentally and resource-friendly manner.

With our innovations in the area of seed and in chemical and biological crop protection solutions, we aim to help overcome this challenge. Furthermore, we offer farmers throughout the world tailored services to support them individually.

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SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

As a Life Science company, health care is an important focus of our business. Based on scientific findings, we develop innovative products and solutions to improve people's quality of life through disease prevention and therapy as well as to make a responsible contribution on behalf of society.

To achieve this, we invest significantly each year in the research and development of new pharmaceuticals and therapies. We want people to be able to share in medical progress, regardless of their income or where they live.

In line with our specific product portfolio, we support programs that enable access to family planning with modern contraception methods and innovative pharmaceuticals, and that tackle neglected diseases such as Chagas disease or African sleeping sickness. Here we cooperate intensively with the WHO, international relief- and non-governmental organizations and political decision-makers.

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We also make significant contributions to further SDGs (see graphic below):

  • We offer our employees jobs with fair compensation, a high international occupational health and safety level and good social protection. We reward good performances and actively promote “lifelong learning” by our employees.
  • We apply very high environmental protection standards in our production processes and continuously improve them so as to conserve resources and reduce emissions.
  • We help to create local value by operating production sites around the world, investing locally in research and development, working together with international and local suppliers and contributing to economic development in our target markets.
  • We engage in various local, national and global partnerships for sustainable development.
  • We work on behalf of charitable causes worldwide and view this as an important contribution to social responsibility.
  • Our company values reflect various elements of the SDGs: among other endeavors, we want to embrace gender and cultural equality, guarantee the health and safety of our employees and partners, treat colleagues and stakeholders with fairness and respect, and protect people and the environment.