Socially Responsible Investing

We safeguard our societal and economic viability through sustainable action. Understood in this context and as a part of our corporate strategy, sustainability is integrated into our work procedures.

We attach great importance to dialogue with our stakeholders. We continue our dialogue about our sustainability commitment with market participants whose investment decisions are aligned to ecological, social and governance criteria - through targeted one-on-one meetings, conference calls and roadshows. The Sustainability & Business Stewardship department, in coordination with the Investor Relations department, is in charge of informing socially responsible investors and rating agencies.

We inform our stakeholders on non-financial information and performance indicators in our integrated Annual Report.

Please find below the links to more information on selective sustainability focus topics - for example on the demands made on good corporate governance, our measures of product safety, or our access to healthcare initiatives, etc.

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We safeguard our societal and economic viability through sustainable action. Understood in this context and as a part of our corporate strategy, sustainability is integrated into our work procedures.

The steadily growing and aging global population presents fundamental challenges in health care and nutrition. How will we feed up to 10 billion people in 2050 while contending with the impact of climate change? How will we ensure quality of life for an ever-increasing number of elderly people? Bayer is committed to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has published a company position paper detailing this. Our innovations, products and services contribute to overcoming some of the biggest global challenges, including the goals of “Zero Hunger” (SDG 2) and “Good Health and Well-Being” (SDG 3) in particular.

We underline our mission as a company that acts sustainably through our commitment to the U.N. Global Compact and the Responsible Care™ initiative, as well as through our involvement in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In our sustainability reporting we have followed the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for many years.

Our strategy is aimed at achieving long-term profitable growth balanced with our responsibility for the environment and society. To advance the consistent implementation of our strategy, we have set ambitious financial and nonfinancial Group targets.

Our nonfinancial targets through 2020 will cease to apply in the current form from the end of 2018 as they pertain only to the Bayer Group excluding the acquired agriculture business. In view of the portfolio changes, we conducted a new materiality analysis in fall 2018 that will serve as the basis for new, ambitious Group targets that will be defined in 2019.

More on our sustainability targets and performance indicators

As part of Bayer’s corporate strategy, sustainability is firmly established at Board level. Responsibility for the Group’s sustainable orientation lies with the Board of Management member responsible for Human Resources, Technology and Sustainability in his role as Chief Sustainability Officer, and with the Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) under the auspices of the Health, Safety & Sustainability function.

The SDC sets targets and draws up initiatives, management systems and corporate policies, and reviews their implementation. Operational implementation is effected with the help of nonfinancial targets and performance indicators throughout the value chain, based on a clear definition of responsibilities in the corporate structure and the identification of key areas of activity using a materiality analysis. Corporate policies ensure our sustainability principles are firmly established in business operations and are implemented through corresponding management systems, committees and processes. The review and revision of these regulations and internal audits ensure that our management systems are continuously improved and aligned to the respective requirements.

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This integrated Annual Report combines our financial and our sustainability reporting. Our aim is to elucidate the interactions between financial, ecological and societal factors and underline their influence on our company’s long-term success.

The Bayer Group’s sustainability reporting has been aligned to the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the 10 principles of the U.N. Global Compact (UNGC) since 2000. This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: “core” option. The detailed GRI index with the corresponding UNGC principles and Bayer’s areas of activity can be found online. This report also serves as a Communication on Progress in line with the U.N. Global Compact.

More on G4 Content Index of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) with the 10 Principles of the U.N. Global Compact

You can find more detailed information about the integration of sustainability into our business practices as well as financial and non-financial key figures for previous years in our former integrated annual reports and former sustainable development reports.

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Bayer continues to be included in the important sustainability indices FTSE4Good, MSCI World Low Carbon Target Index, STOXX® Europe Sustainability Index and the STOXX® Global ESG Impact index. In addition, in 2018 Bayer was again evaluated by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) as one of the leading international pharmaceutical companies in the areas of climate protection and sustainable water management.

FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40Europe
FTSE4Good EuropeEurope
FTSE4Good GlobalWorld
MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target IndexWorld
STOXX® Europe SustainabilityEurope
STOXX® Global ESG ImpactWorld

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