Company Score

Industry Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences
Country Germany
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 661
Impact Notes 16
SDG Covered 7 out of 17

Bayer AG is a German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Its areas of business include human and veterinary pharmaceuticals; consumer healthcare products; agricultural chemicals, seeds and biotechnology products.

Bayer products include: aspirin, prontosil (the first widely used antibiotic), the antibiotic Cipro (ciprofloxacin); and Yaz (drospirenone) birth control pills. In 2018 Byer acquired Monsanto, a leading producer of genetically engineered crops, for $63 billion. Bayer CropScience develops genetically modified crops and pesticides.

Read about Bayer and its impact below.

Impact notes

Life on Land

Bayer's Dicamba weedkiller is leading to up to 40% yield reduction

Profile Ma So
Icon time Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 10:50am

Monsanto has been trying to re-brand itself after the Roundup scandal, a herbicide that has been proven to be cancer-related1. Its 2016 Sustainability Report shows good achievement, aiming towards the SDGs2,p8-11.

Climate Action

Bayer needs to do more to tackle climate change

Profile Sebastiaan Ioannis Petropoulos
Icon time Mon Mar 30th, 2020 at 9:29am

Climate change threatens our modern societies in many ways: Crop failure, increased sea levels that will lead to immigrations, an increase on extreme natural disasters are just some of the main risks that we phase1 . A vast majority of scientists, (97%), agrees that human actions are the main cause of this climate change2.

Life below Water

Bayer’s neonicotinoid pesticides imidacloprid and clothianidin negatively affects aquatic species

Profile JR
Icon time Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 10:51am

There is a  compelling body of evidence that clearly demonstrates that neonicotinoids are having major impacts on biodiversity1. Neonicotinoids do not bind well to soils and are highly soluble in water, thus making the pesticides more likely to enter waterways during and after rain events2. This is very problematic because the use of neonicotinoids can impact non-target species in the aquatic system. 

Responsible Consumption and Production

A Model of Agriculture that led to Mass Suicides

Profile Rhythm Banerjee
Icon time Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 12:10pm

Monsanto has been a critical player in selling hybrid and genetically modified/engineered seeds since 1972. Not only has it led the prevalence of the Green Revolution in the Global South, but began a new model of agriculture that is dependent on external inputs. 

Partnership for the Goals

Bayer’s biennial Youth Ag Summit: a journey towards Zero Hunger

Profile Clarisse
Icon time Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 10:39am

Bayer, a global enterprise with core competencies in pharmaceuticals and life sciences, is committed to contributing to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the SDG 2 aiming to achieve Zero Hunger and end all forms of malnutrition by 2030 [1]