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- 1 About Bayer
- 2 Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy
- 3 Employment Policy
- 4 Education
- 5 Notable Activities
- 6 External Links
Bayer is a global enterprise that primarily specializes in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials. The company wishes to establish itself as an innovative company by carrying out research and designing products and services to improve people’s quality of life. Bayer’s goals are; preventing as well as curing diseases and improving diagnostic techniques. In addition, the company helps by providing adequate amounts of high-quality food, feed and plant-based raw materials and also significantly contributes to improvements in various areas by producing high-tech polymer materials.
Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy
Bayer strategically invests in science and education, health, social needs and community projects which help connecting people from diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds. For the promotion of culture, the company carries out a range of cultural activities. Moreover, Bayer supports the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a number of globally recognized declarations for multinational enterprises. At the same time, the company is committed to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact initiative. Bayer strives for the promotion of basic human and labor rights standards both internally and throughout its business cooperation. Bayer has been carrying out cultural exchange programs since the 1920’s within the framework of the cultural exchange association “Cultural Vistas”. Bayer has contributed to the realization of professional work-study exchange programs between different countries, especially between Bayer’s German headquarters and its American subsidiaries
The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with companies in every continent and almost every country. Apart from its business activity in US and Europe, Bayer has advanced to new markets in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The company employs 113,200 people worldwide which shows the company’s appreciation of diversity and internationality. A diverse employee structure enables the company to benefit from numerous talented workforces. They bring greater problem-solving abilities and provide better understanding of different markets and consumers demands. Simultaneously, Bayer pursues the goal of improving the balance of men and women, most importantly in managerial positions, which is implemented through a strategy of diversity. Bayer has a global careers portal on the website, allowing potential employees to conduct a global job search.
International Internship Programs
Bayer offers several internships for undergraduates in Germany and abroad. For recent graduates the company carries our diverse trainee programs in different areas of activity and departments, such as the International Trainee Program for Financial Management (IFM) or the International HR Trainee Program. This consists of a 18-month-long internship in one of Bayer’s subsidiaries offices worldwide,contributing to the international exchange of young professionals.
Grants and Scholarships
Bayer provides different types of educational and scientific scholarships to support study projects, internships, summer courses or doctoral studies while putting a great emphasis on internationalism by giving the possibility to German and foreign graduates to study abroad. The Bayer Science & Education Foundation's aim is to support young scientists and renowned researchers across the world by rewarding them with scientific awards and research scholarships. One of the awards is the international Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award that is annually awarded to talented young scientists for achievements in biology, chemistry and materials. Other honorary awards for scientific achievements are the Otto Bayer Award, the Hansen Family Award and the Bayer Thrombosis Research Award.
Bayer also offers scholarships for students of natural sciences and engineering, organizing at the same time initiatives for schoolchildren and scholarship programs. The common aim is to promote the interest in science, technology and medicine.
Activities in the Field of Humanitarian Aid
Bayer places a great emphasis on with humanitarian aid disaster relief by contributing to several projects and initiatives that are aimed to people who are in precarious life situations. The company tries to provide business, social and health development to all the countries where it conducts its business. Particularly, Bayer provides funding to different business initiatives and organizations that help save lives worldwide, such as the cardiovascular health awareness programs conducted in Europe and the U.S. Bayer. The company is a strong advocate of the principle "helping people to help themselves." Bayer provides disaster-related aid relief through volunteerism or company–sponsored financial support to international organizations and NGO’s such as the World Health Organization and the American Red Cross as well as through direct monetary and medical assistance. Furthermore, the Bayer Cares Foundation’s – Bayer AG’s social needs organization – goal is to carry out sustainable reconstruction projects.
Supporting Music & Visual Arts
The “Bayer Kultur” is the corporation’s main foundation for the promotion of arts and culture. Through the foundation, Bayer sponsors musical projects and events such as the START initiative. The aim of the initiative is to support and encourage talented young artists from all Bayer Arts & Culture’s sections, not just music but also Opera, Theatre, Art and Dance. Through the stART initiative Bayer has contributed to the development of different musical genres worldwide, specially Jazz with “Jazz in the Kulisse series” translated as the “Jazz at Midnight Series”. In addition, Bayer Kultur has financially supported several artistic projects, exhibitions and museums; the American Museum of Agriculture even changed its name to “Bayer Museum of Agriculture” after Bayer CropScience reached a sponsorship agreement with the board of the museum. The museum represents the promotion of traditional local agricultural techniques globally. Another art exhibition sponsored by the Bayer Group, was the “From Beckmann to Warhol: 20th and 21st century art from The Bayer Collection.”, which commemorated the company’s 150th Anniversary by showing some of the most important works of art from Bayer’s collection. Bayer’s contribution to the film industry is shown by supporting events such as the 2nd Science Film Festival in 2006 held in Germany or the partnership formed with the with Goethe-Institute for the development of the Science Film Festival.
Bayer contributes to the promotion of professional and recreational sports by sponsoring and investing on a wide range of sport activities, projects, events and clubs as well as facilities and infrastructure. The company is particularly committed to supporting disabled sports teams and activities and encouraging youth sports. Apart from the eponymous and well-known German football club Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bayer supports youth athletes and fosters the development of elite sport schools worldwide; examples are the TSV Bayer 04 and Bayer 04 Fussball GmbH youth schools. Other remarkable sport projects and associations in which Bayer is involved are: the sponsorship contracts signed with organizations such as the National Paralympic Committee Germany and the support of about 26 German sport clubs located close to its production sites in Germany
Promoting Human and Civil Rights
Bayer follows the principles of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a number of other globally recognized declarations for multinational enterprises. The company is committed to the Promotion of human rights standards internally; all of its operations are in line with the company’s Sustainable Development Policy. Furthermore, Bayer Human Rights Position paper outlines the corporation’s commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UN Global compact announced Bayer as one of the 50 companies worldwide to sign it. The principles included apply to the areas of employees’ working conditions, harassment and discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labor and health and safety. This commitment is materialized in projects such as “Alliance against child labor” or the “fight against AIDS”.