1.1 Corporate Profile

Bayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. With our innovative products, we are contributing to finding solutions to some of the major challenges of our time. The growing and increasingly aging world population requires improved medical care and an adequate supply of food. Bayer is improving people’s quality of life by preventing, alleviating and treating diseases. And we are helping to provide a reliable supply of high-quality food, feed and plant-based raw materials.

We develop new molecules for use in innovative products and solutions to improve the health of humans, animals and plants. Our research and development activities are based on a profound understanding of the biochemical processes in living organisms.

Our goal is to achieve and sustain leadership positions in our markets, thus creating value for our customers, stockholders and employees. To this end, our strategy is designed to help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing humankind, and by doing this exceptionally well we aim to strengthen the company’s earning power.

We are committed to operating sustainably and addressing our social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen, while at the same time respecting the interests of all our stakeholders. Employees with a passion for innovation enjoy excellent development opportunities at Bayer.

All this goes to make up our mission – Bayer: Science For A Better Life.

Exclusive focus on the Life Science businesses

Following the economic and legal independence of our former MaterialScience subgroup, now Covestro, Bayer has charted the course for its successful development as a Life Science company. Our businesses hold leading positions in innovation-driven growth markets. Together they make up a strong, attractive and balanced portfolio that is resistant to fluctuations in demand and to potential risks. The previous structure – comprising a strategic management holding company and operational subgroups – has thus been replaced by an integrated organization under the umbrella of the strong Bayer brand.

The chapters in this report dealing with corporate strategy and future perspectives are based on the new structure because they look ahead. All other chapters reflect the organizational structure in effect through December 31, 2015.

Our values

Bayer’s values play a central role in our daily work and are intended to guide us in fulfilling our mission “Bayer: Science For A Better Life.” They are represented by the acronym LIFE, which stands for Leadership, Integrity, Flexibility and Efficiency.

These values apply to everyone at Bayer and are firmly integrated into our global performance management system for managerial employees. Our value culture ensures a common identity throughout the enterprise across national boundaries, management hierarchies and cultural differences.