Environmental Protection

We meet our responsibility to protect the environment in many different ways. We are continuously working to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities and develop product solutions that benefit the environment. For us, an efficient approach to raw materials and energy makes both ecological and economic sense. Our measures help reduce environmental impact and at the same time cut the costs associated with materials, energy, emissions and disposal.

Water – An Essential Resource

We use many means to make our production processes more resource-friendly and lower the emissions they generate. In line with our claim we are also committed to minimizing wastewater pollution. Systematic waste management and recycling activities reduce the amount of materials to be disposed of.

Responsibilities and framework conditions are stipulated at Group level, e.g. by corporate policies, targets and key performance indicators (KPIs). We use certified HSEQ management systems to control operational implementation. Our environmental standards apply worldwide.

We are committed to the chemical industry’s Responsible Care? initiative and have set out the basic principles of this commitment in our Bayer Sustainable Development Policy. Certified HSEQ management systems control its operational implementation.

Energy Consumption

Energy and material consumption and emission levels are essentially dependent on the manufactured sales volume, which does not include intermediates. more  

Air Emissions

At Bayer, air emissions are caused mainly by the generation and consumption of electricity, steam and auxiliary energy for the manufacture of our products and the vehicle fleet. Thanks to various measures – such as introducing energy management systems and production / process innovations – we have achieved a significant reduction in emissions over the past years, which goes hand in hand with an improvement in energy efficiency. We have documented our successful reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the CDP reports and received an outstanding rating for 2017: the leadership status with the highest score of A.

Our holistic approach also includes further initiatives directed at lowering emissions in nonproduction areas. These include our vehicle fleet, as well as optimized logistics and enhancement of our information and communication technologies with regard to environmental aspects (Green IT).

We are also working further to reduce our CO2 emissions in connection with our global fleet of over 25,000 vehicles. Emissions for the just over 4,600 newly registered vehicles worldwide fell to 146 g/km in 2018 (2017: 157 g/km). In 2019, we will further strengthen our pilot projects on electric mobility, as well as other activities. more 

Use of Water and Emissions into Water

The continuous availability of clean water in sufficient quantities is essential for supplying our production sites and the surrounding areas. However, this can no longer be taken for granted in many parts of the world. We make sure we have all the water we need while also ensuring that industrial water usage does not lead to local problems such as water scarcity for the people living in the area Bayer supports the CEO Water Mandate of the U.N. Global Compact with the goal of working with key stakeholders to develop sustainable strategies for water usage. Our CDP Water Disclosure reports on our water usage and the associated risks. more 

Waste and Recycling

Systematic waste management minimizes material consumption and disposal volumes. Safe disposal channels with separation according to the type of waste and economically expedient recycling processes serve this purpose. Production fluctuations and building refurbishment/land remediation work also influence waste volumes and recycling paths. more 

Throughout the Bayer Group, we make use of opportunities for recycling within the framework of legal regulations. Production- and material-related recycling takes place individually in line with the requirements of the relevant production site. Packaging materials are recycled in line with national regulations as part of the country-specific infrastructure for waste disposal. Owing to legal requirements, recycling and treatment are impossible for a large proportion of our materials, especially pharmaceuticals and crop protection products.

Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Animal Health
Production-related recycling takes place in line with the requirements of the relevant production site. The disposal of pharmaceutical products is subject to strict safety criteria, so no recycling is possible for the portfolios of these divisions. Packaging materials are recycled in line with national regulations as part of the country-specific infrastructure for waste disposal.

Crop Science
Material-based recycling is important in Crop Science’s active ingredient and intermediate product manufacture, and is regulated individually at the production site. Solvents, catalysts and intermediates are repeatedly processed and returned to the production process. In the global process development of active ingredients and intermediates, material recycling is considered an important development criterion.

Packaging materials are disposed of or recycled in line with national legislation. In many countries with no legal regulation, the industry has set up a returns system in collaboration with other providers.

Returns of obsolete stocks of crop protection products are accepted in individual cases. The crop protection product industry has set up voluntary initiatives in various countries for the proper disposal of obsolete stocks. As part of its activities in the CropLife association, Crop Science is working with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank to support the proper collection and disposal of obsolete stocks in Africa.

Protection of Biodiversity

We take into account influences on biodiversity throughout the entire value chain and have established our principles in our own position. There we commit ourselves to the United Nations Convention on Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the associated Nagoya Protocol, which regulates access to genetic resources and the balanced and fair sharing of the arising benefits. Crop Science commits itself through an internal policy to ensure that Bayer only acquires and uses genetic resources in harmony with international and national legislation. more 

Management Systems for the Implementation of Our HSEQ Targets

Bayer’s HSEQ management systems are based on recognized international standards. Regular upkeep of the management systems and appropriate training and certification also underpin our commitment to the chemical industry’s Responsible Care? initiative and in particular the guidelines of the Responsible Care Global Charter. more 

Environmental Incidents and Transport Accidents

Great importance is attached to transportation safety within the Bayer safety culture. This applies both to the transportation of our products on public routes, particularly of hazardous goods, and to processes such as loading, unloading, classification, labeling, packaging and selecting the right logistics partners. These are decided on using a defined procedure, and their fulfillment of safety and quality standards is assessed. The implementation of a dedicated corporate policy ensures that all materials are handled in line with applicable regulations and the potential hazard they pose. As part of our voluntary Responsible Care activities, transportation safety instructions are also drawn up for nonhazardous materials and corresponding distribution safety audits performed. Our transportation safety management is an integral part of HSE management and is implemented by a network of experts and users with practical experience. (more information can be found on the page about safety). more 

Environmental Protection in Agriculture

Our investments in research and the development of new crop protection products (biological/chemical), seeds and services, allow farmers to produce more high-quality crops on only limited available arable land, improve sustainable agricultural measures such as integrated pest and crop management (IPM/ICM) and manage invasive alien species (IAS). Furthermore, we engage with partners in specific initiatives such as the Bayer Bee Care Program and the Bayer ForwardFarming initiative, promoting sustainable agricultural measures.

Bayer Bee Care Program

As a company with expertise in plant and animal health, we understand the significant role bees and other insects play as pollinators in agriculture. Through the Bee Care Program, we are working towards bringing a greater understanding of the challenges pollinators face in the modern world, through research, communication and dialog. We aim to contribute to the health, wellbeing, and diversity of bees and other pollinators and to an optimization of pollination in an agricultural context, through partnering with others around the world.

Our activities fall under three main themes – ‘Feed a Bee’, ‘Healthy Hives’ and ‘Sustainable Agriculture’:

  1. Feed a Bee: including all our activities in the area of ‘forage and nutrition’, ensuring pollinators have access to a varied and nutritious diet, and contributing to biodiversity.
  2. Healthy Hives: encompassing all that we do in the area of ‘pests and diseases’ and ‘hive management’ of honey bees.
  3. Sustainable Agriculture: comprising all our activities regarding the safe use of crop protection products, be it via the safety studies we do on pollinators, innovative application technology, our efforts regarding the relationship between beekeepers and farmers or approaches to optimize crop pollination.

Examples of these collaborations include:

  • In Germany, a cooperation with several partners aims to develop measures to balance agricultural activity with biodiversity in the field by monitoring and quantitatively measuring the effect of flower strips and nesting aids on the biodiversity of pollinators and other animals in agricultural landscapes.
  • In the UK, our farms promote integrated crop management and farming practices that preserve and promote biodiversity. The farms feature hedges, nesting places, wildflower meadows, ditches and earth walls to attract all kinds of birds, bats, butterflies, bees, bumblebees and many other species.
  • The Bayer Bee Care Center (BBCC) also collaborates in various Latin American countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru) with local researchers, funding studies investigating which bee and other insect species are attracted to different local key crops.
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As part of the Bee Care Program, we have opened Bayer Bee Care Centers in Germany and the United States serving as platforms for scientific exchange and communication, inviting discussions and exploring joint projects with external partners. By proactively reaching out to stakeholders, we strive to increase the transparency of its activities and generate open discussions and partnerships.

Pollinator health is a shared responsibility which must be collectively tackled. As such, we are convinced that broad cooperation is essential to develop sustainable solutions for pollinator health.

Bayer ForwardFarming

We are also intensifying our direct cooperation with farmers through the Bayer ForwardFarming initiative. Our solutions for sustainable agriculture in practice are demonstrated at Bayer Forward Farms. The first farms have been established in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, and further collaborations are being prepared. These selected farms share their expertise and ongoing improvements as they combine their economic success with responsibility towards the environment and society. With this platform we increase the exchange of knowledge among farmers, consumers, politicians, and academics. In cooperation with farmers the Bayer ForwardFarming Initiative demonstrates sustainable agricultural measures in practice. Natural habitats for beneficial insects, pollinators and birds are an integrated part of the farm management. The Forward Farms e.g. in Belgium, Germany and France show that biological diversity and agricultural productivity can go hand in hand in a sustainable manner.