Reputation & Impact
Bayer is an international science-based company that is inspired to impact the future and improve the way people live in our world. As a global corporate citizen, we make every effort to contribute to society with innovations that improve life now and in the future. As part of the Bayer team, you are empowered to find answers to questions addressing the great challenges of our time, and make a tangible impact with your ideas and solutions.
Our passion for making the world a better place is as evident in the environment we provide for our employees as it is in the products we make. Read about our history, the recognition we’ve received, and how we contribute to society, and you’ll learn why working at Bayer is such a unique experience.
A History of great ideas
Bayer’s first priority has been improving our customers’ lives since the day our company began over 150 years ago. Our groundbreaking products and state-of-the-art facilities have their roots in the forward-thinking small business founded by Friedrich Bayer and Johann Friedrich Westkott in 1863. Explore our heritage, and learn about the milestones on our path to becoming the company we are today.
Our commitment to the environment, and our communities, and corporate sustainability continuously receives recognition from outside organizations. In particular, Bayer has received distinction as an employer, being praised as a top workplace, an excellent place to work for scientists, and a great company for working mothers.
International recognition for the Bayer Academy: The innovative concept for the further development of managers at Bayer has been awarded the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award in Bronze 2014 in the category "Best Leadership Development Program". The prize has been awarded every year for the last 20 years by the Brandon Hall Group, one of the leading analysts in training and continuing education worldwide. The jury was particularly convinced by our clear focus on the LIFE values during the design and implementation of the Bayer Academy.
Founded in early 2013, the Bayer Academy offers managers worldwide a structured training program and supports them to systematically develop their leadership and general management skills. The Academy's goal is to prepare managers as well as possible for new and complex challenges. The offerings include a mixture of training courses and workshops on leadership and management tasks at Bayer, tailored to each of the participants. The course contents are derived directly from the company's strategy and objectives.
The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award, which was initiated in 1994, is regarded as a prestigious award in continuing education. A committee of independent and experienced experts from industry and the Brandon Hall Group chose this year's winner out of over 100 entries from more than 20 countries. The judging was based on the following criteria: whether the program fit the organization’s need; design of the program; functionality; usability; innovation; and overall measureable benefits.
Science students regard Bayer as the most attractive employer in the pharmaceuticals industry. Across all sectors, Bayer came second – just behind the Max Planck Society. The Group thus improved its ranking by one place compared to last year, leaving competitors such as Merck, Roche and Novartis behind it.
Universum produces its prestigious "ideal employer" ranking annually on behalf of German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. The consulting company is a market leader in employer branding and has over 25 years’ experience in this field.
Bayer Corporation has again been recognized by Working Mother magazine as one of the nation’s 100 best companies for working mothers. Bayer is ranked number 15 on the list, up 32 spots from 2012. This is the tenth time in the past 11 years the company has been recognized on the annual list.
All companies were measured and evaluated on eight areas of work/life criteria, including women’s issues and advancement, child care, company culture, flexible work arrangements, benefits, workforce profile, parental paid time off and leaves and other work/life programs.
Over the years, Bayer has implemented a number of work-life programs to better fulfill the needs of employees. The Working Mother recognition follows a long line of national and local accolades Bayer has received, including the Catalyst Award, a prestigious award given to companies implementing new and creative solutions for ensuring women’s advancement in the workplace of the 21st Century.
Bayer is one of the companies worldwide offering the best jobs to researchers working in industrial companies.
The Leverkusen-based Group came in among the top twenty of the renowned ranking list "The Scientist’s Best Places to Work in Industry". This list acknowledges top companies following creative paths to achieve scientific progress.
The ranking list is considered a key indicator for the most innovative research companies worldwide and is based on an annual survey of the scientific journal "The Scientist".
In this survey, more than 2,018 scientists evaluate their working conditions according to a set of 43 criteria in the areas of research environment, management, integrity, communications, job satisfaction, training and development, remuneration and benefits, as well as policies and practices.
ADInstruments ranks at the top of the list. Bayer comes in twenty.
Bayer in the U.S. has been named by WorkplaceDynamics as one of its National Top Workplaces. Bayer became eligible for this national recognition due to its top performance in the 2011 regional WorkplaceDynamics survey conducted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bayer was recognized for its commitment to provide a strong work-life balance, career growth, great pay and benefits and the encouragement of new ideas and creativity.
In its inaugural year the National Top Workplaces list is based solely on employee feedback from 805 companies surveyed with over 1,000 employees across 30 leading publishing partners to identify the best employers in the nation. More than half a million employees from around the country participated in the survey process.
Bayer France: recognized expertise
France has played a special role in Bayer's history.
It has been involved in the most momentous scientific and technological challenges since the first industrial revolution and shares a common denominator with the Bayer Group: the spirit of innovation.
Bayer's long-standing roots in France live on today in a drive for the future, grounded on a network of research facilities across France, the development of industrial facilities within its competitiveness clusters and close collaboration with researchers.
Bayer is proud of its achievements in France:
In 2013, the Bayer facility in Villefranche-sur-Saône (close to Lyon site) was awarded the Rhône-Alpes Responsible Care® prize for an outstanding chemical company by UIC Rhône-Alpes (the chemical industry trade association). The award is designed to highlight and promote companies that embrace the principles of Responsible Care® through a remarkable and innovative action, initiative or product of the regional chemical industry in the fields of health and safety, the environment or social issues.
In 2014, Bayer France obtained "BREEAM In-Use" certification for two of its main facilities in France, in Loos and Lyon. In addition to the inherent quality of the buildings, BREEAM certification recognizes the quality of facility management (energy and water use, waste recycling) and the quality of environmental management in the day-to-day life of Bayer employees at these two facilities (actions in the fields of health, safety, the working environment and social aspects).
Bayer France renewed its ISO 9001 certification in January 2015 for its human resources organization and its crop protection division. This certification is a guarantee of the organizations' quality and performance.
Bayer France obtained the Top Employer label in January 2016. Top Employer certification rewards the companies that apply the highest criteria of excellence in working conditions.
Bayer is recognized as a high-performing international company that offers attractive career and development prospects.
Our Contribution to Society
Sustainability and social responsibility have always been key topics in our efforts to adapt to a changing world. To contribute to society’s future viability, we make investments in the areas of science and education, health, social needs, and community projects. This commitment is an integral element of Bayer’s corporate policy. Some of our ongoing activities include:
- The Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award, presented annually to talented young scientists in the early stages of their academic careers;
- A collaboration with the Chinese government aimed at promoting advanced training for physicians in rural, medically underserved areas of western China;
- A fund to encourage recreational, disabled, and competitive sports activities in Germany.
Disaster aid is another area of activity for our social needs foundation. As an example, in the wake of the 2012 earthquake in Sichuan province, China, Bayer responded to the emergency with an extensive aid program. The Bayer Cares Foundation launched several projects to rebuild the community, including an initiative to restore a devastated college campus in the city of Dujiangyan.
The origin of the Bayer foundations goes back to Friedrich Bayer, who laid the cornerstone for the company's first foundation activities already in 1897.
Today there are two Bayer foundations: the Bayer Science & Education Foundation, which supports science and education by improving school programs, promoting young scientists, and honoring outstanding research; and the Bayer Cares Foundation, which seeks to improve living conditions through social initiatives, including healthcare and disaster relief.
The foundations support innovators in science, education, and social welfare, thus improving lives today and into the future.
Bayer France has also set up a solidarity committee called "Give", which supports employees' generosity and involvement in a charitable association.
Employees are free to make donations, which will be passed on to the charitable association they choose to support.