Commitment to Employees and Society

  • Defining our corporate culture through ethics, dialogue and diversity
  • Focusing on integrating employees from the acquired agriculture business
  • Unreserved commitment to supporting human rights
  • Wide-ranging societal engagement


Bayer’s business success is based to a large extent on the knowledge and commitment of our employees. As an employer, we offer our employees attractive conditions and wide-ranging individual development opportunities. Alongside professional training, we focus on conveying our corporate values (LIFE) and establishing a dialogue-oriented corporate culture based on trust, respect for diversity and equality of opportunity. Our responsible approach to structuring working conditions includes fair treatment at work, a transparent and equitable compensation system, retirement benefit plans, the ability to combine working with family commitments, flexible worktime arrangements and a working environment that fosters health. Numerous external awards and surveys bear witness to our excellent reputation as an employer. These include the awards we received in 2018 as one of the best employers in Germany, China, Italy and India.

Responsibility for the human resources strategy of the Bayer Group falls within the remit of the Board of Management and the primary decision-making body of Bayer’s HR function, which set binding policies and define priorities for all regions and organizational units. In 2019, the focus in Human Resources will be on further integrating the employees of the acquired agriculture business and the planned portfolio, efficiency and structural measures.

The overall size of our workforce increased substantially in 2018 as a result of the Monsanto acquisition. The acquired agriculture business’s human resources department is already part of Bayer’s Human Resources & Organization function for organizational purposes, and integration into the Bayer systems began in 2018. All information in this chapter includes the acquired agriculture business, unless otherwise indicated. The acquired agriculture business will continue to use its own systems and processes until full integration is completed.

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