Commitment to Employees and Society

Societal Engagement

Bayer’s societal engagement focuses on people who work worldwide in education, science, health and Social innovation To tackle the challenges of our time, we need to think and work in a way that goes beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines and institutions – both in the science sector and social domain. The term defines the process by which new social practices emerge, prevail and become more widespread in various areas of society. , and who are committed to improving living conditions. In this way, we support the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals “Good Health and Well-Being” (SDG 3) and “Zero Hunger” (SDG 2). For example, we enable people in developing countries and emerging markets to access our medical products through our various Access to Medicine (ATM) describes activities to promote general access to essential medicines and improve knowledge on health. activities. Another funding area is sports and culture in Germany. In 2018, Bayer – including the acquired agriculture business – made available some €66 million worldwide for charitable projects and activities (2017: €49 million for Bayer excluding Monsanto).

An interdisciplinary corporate function is responsible for the strategic orientation and coordination of our societal engagement. Group-wide donation allocation and management policies form the basis for our donation and foundation activities. The Board of Management and an independent panel of internationally renowned experts help make major funding decisions. The acquired agriculture business has its own extensive societal engagement programs, which will be integrated into our structures from 2019.

Bayer’s societal engagement includes the activities of its globally operating company foundations that are aligned toward health care and nutrition: the Bayer Science & Education Foundation for leading-edge research, education and talent promotion, the Bayer Cares Foundation for social innovation and employee engagement, and the Monsanto Fund focusing on community projects, education, food and nutrition.

We work together with leading nongovernmental organizations, patient groups, foundations, scientific institutions, educational partners and networks of experts around the world to implement many of our initiatives.

Through various initiatives, we help improve living conditions very close to the company’s sites. Our company foundations support, for example, science education worldwide at schools near company sites and projects promoting the agricultural self-sufficiency of smallholder farmers. Under the auspices of international volunteering programs, we support volunteer projects by employees near their workplace in many countries.

Societal Engagement in 2018

Societal Engagement in 2018 (pie chart)
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