Why Bayer?

Reputation & Impact

Bayer is an international research-oriented company enthusiastic about changing the future and improving the lives of people across the Earth. As a global company, we leave no stone unturned to come up with innovations for society that improve people’s lives, both now and in the future. As part of the Bayer team, you have the opportunity to find answers to the great challenges we face today and make a significant difference with your ideas and solutions.

Our passion is to make the world a better place. This is evident not only in our working culture, but also in our products. Read more about our history and how our contribution to society is gaining recognition here, and discover just why working at Bayer is such a unique experience.

A story of great ideas

Ever since Bayer’s foundation 150 years ago, it has been our biggest goal to improve people’s lives. Our groundbreaking products and state-of-the-art equipment have their roots in the small, visionary company established by Friedrich Bayer and Johann Friedrich Westkott back in 1863. Find out more about our history and discover how Bayer became the company it is today.

The history of Bayer

Our contribution to society

In order to keep up with the ever-changing world, Bayer has always placed great importance on sustainability and social responsibility. We invest in science, education, health and in social and charitable projects to contribute to the viability of society in the future. This commitment is a fundamental part of our company policy. Some of our ongoing projects include:

  • The Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award, given yearly to talented young scientists
  • A collaboration project with the Chinese government with the aim of training doctors in rural and medically undersupplied regions of Western China
  • A fund to promote recreational, handicapped and professional sport in Germany

In addition, Bayer also supports employees in social projects and voluntary work. One example of this is the “Bayer People Care For Society” initiative from the Bayer Cares Foundation in cooperation with the internal “Business Consulting” service. Each year, two to three consultants are deployed on a Bayer Foundation social project for up to three months. The initiative is a core element of Business Consulting’s strategic human resources development program. In 2013, for example, consultant Kathleen Opoku spent two months providing assistance and aid in the city of Tacloban, which was heavily affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Bayer Foundations

It was back in 1897 that Friedrich Bayer laid the groundwork for what would become the Bayer Foundations by starting the first foundation activities.

Today, we have two foundations at Bayer:

The Bayer Science & Education Foundation supports schools and young scientists and awards special prizes for outstanding research achievements.

The Bayer Cares Foundation, on the other hand, works to improve living conditions by supporting voluntary commitments and is involved in various humanitarian activities, including disaster relief.

Both foundations support science, education and health and help to improve the lives of both present and future generations.