Guided by our purpose “Science for a better life,” we deliver breakthrough innovations in health care and agriculture. We contribute to a world in which diseases are not only treated but effectively prevented or cured, in which people can take better care of their own health needs, and in which enough agriculture products are produced while respecting our planet’s natural resources. That’s because at Bayer, we believe that growth and sustainability should go hand in hand. In short, we are working to make our vision “Health forall, hunger for none” a reality.
For this challenge, all Consumer Health business units and countries have been taken into scope. The interventions from Bayer to increase access to self-care can be categorized into two channels:
It is assumed that people in underserved communities with an income of $2-10/day are reached by Bayer self-care products or services from commercial channels while people with an income of $0-2/day are primarily served by providing products and services through partnerships. In the KPI derivation performed in 2019 and 2020, Bayer determined the reach based on data from commercial channels only. When respective partnerships are established in the future, in which Bayer has a major role by providing funds or product donations, their contribution to the target will be counted via the partnership channels. For more information, please refer to our method paper “The Consumer Health Sustainability Challenge for Everyday Health Care” (Method-Paper-CH.pdf (bayer.com)
The commitment to reduce the environmental impact of crop protection is a promise we’re making, simply yet ambitiously, to everyone. Measuring it is just as ambitious and not nearly as simple. But this is how we’ll all know that we’re keeping that promise and making progress. By using state of the art Environmental Impact Reduction (EIR) methodology we add the dimension of a robust science-based tool to help compare the relative environmental impacts of different tools on a farm. Moreover, it enables us to choose and develop products that have less impact while maintaining grower benefits. We’re using the two leading externally developed scientific models—and we’re making how we use them public. For the first time in the agriculture industry, we are using externally developed consensus models to evaluate the potential global environmental impact of our crop protection portfolio. Developed by a consortium led by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and endorsed by the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, PestLCI 2.0 and USEtox are the most advanced life-cycle assessment models that can be used to characterize potential environmental impact across different countries and different crops. These models work together to give us a clear idea of our impact. Here’s how:
As the science of impact assessment evolves, we’ll work with the DTU and other experts in the field to expand the capabilities of the current models. And because these models are public, we’re able to invite the entire scientific community to check our progress and verify where we stand on our commitments. We’re looking to independent third-parties to verify our work. Any credible science is peer-reviewed and vetted—and working to reduce crop protection’s environmental impact is no different. In fact, with an issue that’s so important to us all, it should be possible for anyone to measure the progress. Bayer is constantly working towards its commitment to help farmers all over the world reduce the environmental impact of crop protection. That’s why…
We have developed robust indicators and targets that build upon internationally recognized life cycle assessment methodologies. Specific to GHG emissions, we are measuring the impact and adoption rate of our solutions by tracking them against the current 5-year average of market practices for the main crops in Bayer’s key regions. In addition, all of our data is being reviewed and verified by an independent third party. As we move forward, we will transparently track all of our progress here for all to see.
For this challenge, the Pharma Women’s Healthcare business unit and its products as well as countries classified as LMIC by the World Bank have been taken into scope. The interventions from Bayer to satisfy women’s need for modern contraception can be categorized into three channels:
In the KPI derivation of 2019 and 2020, we have only considered data from the local country contributions and the global headquarters contributions, since the partnership channels will only be incorporated in near future. For further information, please refer to our method paper “The Pharma Sustainability Challenge for Women’s Healthcare” (Method-Paper-PH.pdf (bayer.com)
For this challenge, all Crop Science business units in the low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) have been taken into scope. There are two channels contributing to the target of supporting 100 million smallholder farmers:
In the KPI derivation performed in 2019 and 2020, we have only considered data from the commercial channels. The partnership channels will be incorporated in the future as appropriate, i.e. when generating reach beyond the commercial channels. The calculation process of the commercial channels is performed in four steps to obtain the number of smallholder farmers in LMIC supported by products and services. For more information, please refer to our method paper “The Crop Science Sustainability Challenge for Smallholders” (Method-Paper-CS.pdf (bayer.com)
Bayer aims to be climate neutral in our own operations by 2030. To accomplish this, we will for example implement energy efficiency measures at our sites and convert 100 percent of the purchased electricity to renewable energies. The remaining emissions will be offset by purchasing certificates from climate protection projects with recognized quality standards. Additionally, we aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along the up- and downstream value chain through cooperation with suppliers and customers. Our targets for Scope 1&2 are in line with the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and the target for Scope 3 helps to limit global warming to a 2 degrees Celsius scenario. We have joined the world’s leading Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which transparently reviews our reduction targets. The progress of our Corporate Sustainability Challenge is monitored with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which are shown below with the respective targets:
For further information, please refer to our method paper “The Corporate Sustainability Challenge “Climate-neutrality at own sites and achievement of Science Based Targets” (Method-Paper-GHG.pdf (bayer.com))
Recognizing it will take alignment of all our organizations to scale impact globally, we invite you to join the movement as a Steward of Inclusive Capitalism. Together, the collective action of Council members will contribute to a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable future for all people and our planet.