Safety for People and the Environment


  • Transparency initiative: publication of safety studies on crop protection products
  • Safety first: prevention of accidents and incidents has top priority
  • Environmental and safety KPIs: successful integration of acquired agriculture business

We prioritize the quality and safety of our products, the safe and responsible operation of our production facilities and the protection of our employees, the people who live near our sites and the environment.

Responsibility for health, safety, environmental protection and quality ( HSEQ stands for health, safety, environment and quality. ) lies with the member of the Board of Management responsible for Human Resources, Technology and Sustainability. HSEQ management systems are integrated into business processes across the Bayer Group. Responsibility for steering and control lies with two corporate functions: “Corporate Health, Safety & Sustainability” and “Quality.” These stipulate responsibilities, targets, key performance indicators and framework conditions, such as the new corporate policy entitled “HSE Key Requirements.”

As the HSE systems and standards at Bayer and the acquired agriculture business are comparable, we are able to report safety and environmental data for the Bayer Group including the acquired agriculture business from the closing date of June 7, 2018, unless otherwise indicated. Until the integration has been fully implemented, the existing HSE rules, systems and processes and the HSE audit system of the acquired agriculture business will remain in force.

Operational responsibility lies with the individual segments, which steer HSEQ via management systems, committees and working groups. All relevant HSEQ performance indicators from our environmentally relevant production sites are compiled in a Bayer-wide site information system (BaySIS). All sites with an annual energy consumption of more than 1.5 terajoules count as environmentally relevant. The continuous review and revision of corporate policies by the corporate functions, regular mandatory internal audits and external certification processes ensure that the systems at all production sites effectively meet the specific requirements in each case. The excellent performance of our HSEQ stands for health, safety, environment and quality. management systems also reduces running costs by avoiding damage and disruptions to work and production.

Unusual incidents such as hazards to the safety of our employees, plants or facilities are recorded and reported according to a globally applicable standard procedure, the Bayer Emergency Response System, which is part of the Group-wide safety and crisis management system in which the sites of the acquired agriculture business are already integrated. The handling of such incidents is the responsibility of the local crisis organization or emergency response team. For this purpose, organizational precautions with defined responsibilities and procedures have been implemented at the sites and / or in the countries. Depending on the situation, these involve business partners and the local community around the sites.

Standards and certifications

Our HSE management systems are based on recognized international standards. With regard to coverage based on energy consumption, 85.0% of our Environmentally relevant sites are Bayer locations with annual net energy consumption of over 1.5 terajoules. were certified externally to at least one internationally recognized standard for environmental and occupational safety management. Compliance with the statutory requirements and relevant standards is regularly audited by internal experts, regulatory authorities and external consultants.

Standards and Certifications

% of business activities based on energy consumption





Certification to external standards





ISO 14001 certification / EMAS validation





ISO 45001 / OHSAS 18001 certification





ISO 50001 certification





Degree of coverage with certification to at least one of the above standards





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