Bayer demonstrates an active commitment to improving social conditions and health services in many regions of the world with the dual aim of promoting social stability in the communities near its sites and helping to solve global health problems. We are able to draw on the company’s particular expertise and many years of experience in the field of health care.
We take on global responsibility in this field through partnerships with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations, such as the German Foundation for World Population (DSW) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
In 2009, the volunteer program of our foundation for corporate social responsibility – the Bayer Cares Foundation – provided more than €100,000 in funding to support 42 projects close to our German sites. At the beginning of 2010, the program was extended to the Bayer sites in Latin America, with the initial inclusion of six projects in which Bayer employees and members of the public provide active and exemplary support to improve local living conditions.
Another important area is aid for victims of natural disasters. For decades, Bayer has been donating medicines, materials and financial aid to help people in desperate need around the world. For example, we donated medicines worth more than €660,000 to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. In addition, employees in 34 countries responded to the appeal by Group management and donated a total of €255,000 for a long-term reconstruction project, to which the company added an extra €100,000. Furthermore, a donation of US$100,000 from the company was used to build emergency accommodation for the victims of the earthquake in Chile in February 2010.