Why Bayer?

Reputation & Impact

Bayer is an international science-based company that is inspired to impact the future and improve the way people live in our world. As a global corporate citizen, we make every effort to contribute to society with innovations that improve life now and in the future. As part of the Bayer team, you are empowered to find answers to questions addressing the great challenges of our time, and make a tangible impact with your ideas and solutions.

Our passion for making the world a better place is as evident in the environment we provide for our employees as it is in the products we make. Read about our history, the recognition we have received, and how we contribute to society, and you will learn why working at Bayer is such a unique experience.

A History of great ideas

Bayer’s first priority has been improving our customers’ lives since the day our company began over 150 years ago. Our groundbreaking products and state-of-the-art facilities have their roots in the forward-thinking small business founded by Friedrich Bayer and Johann Friedrich Weskott in 1863. Explore our heritage, and learn about the milestones on our path to becoming the company we are today.

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Our commitment to the environment, and our communities, and corporate sustainability continuously receives recognition from outside organizations. In particular, Bayer has received distinction as an employer, being praised as a top workplace, an excellent place to work for scientists, and a great company for working mothers.  Read about our awards to find out more about what Bayer has to offer you.

Russia: Bayer once again among the Winners of the “Platinum Ounce” Prize

Bayer has once again won prizes in the categories of “Employer of the Year,” “Company of the Year,” and “Drug of the Year” (Xarelto), and also won an award in the organizer’s special category for its contribution to children’s health (Advantan).

Bayer, an international concern with expertise in biomedical science, health, and agriculture, has again been named a laureate of the All-Russian open competition “Platinum Ounce 2017.”

For the second time, an expert jury named Bayer best in the categories of “Employer of the Year” and “Drug of the Year” (in the categories of “Prescription Drug of the Year” and “Development of the Year, Retail Segment”) for the drug Xarelto. The company also won a prize in the organizer’s special category for its contribution to children’s health (the drug Advantan). The drugs Aerius and Claritin finished in the top five in their categories.

In the category of “Employer of the Year,” the winner was determined with online surveys on the contest’s website (www.uncia.ru) and on the site of the contest’s partner, www.hh.ru. Professionals working in the pharmaceutical field took part in the vote. The key selection criteria for participants in the survey were: the possibility for career progress in the company, the existence of charity programs, and also the presence of various drivers of learning and development. The total number of employees at Bayer in 2017 did not meaningfully change, and remained around 2,000, speaking to the company’s stable position as an employer.

Victory in the “Drug of the Year” category is a sign of the trust and recognition of the market’s experts: doctors and patients. Extensive experience has been acquired in the practical application of Xarelto® for 7 indications with more than 30 million patients worldwide. Xarelto®’s profile of effectiveness and safety, first demonstrated in randomized trials, has been confirmed in actual clinical practice. For almost 10 years, doctors around the world have chosen Xarelto® as a trusted anticoagulant in the prevention and treatment of arterial and venous thrombosis.

The World’s Most Reputable Companies 2018

Global RepTrak100 / Forbes Magazine

The Global RepTrak100 is an annual study of corporate reputation published by the Reputation Institute and featured in the Forbes Magazine. To determine the 100 most reputable companies the institute surveyed more than 230,000 individuals in 15 countries from January to February 2018.

Bayer was ranked #86 with a score of 68.2. The only Life Science Company with a better rank is J&J on #72 with a score of 69.6. Roche is at #91 with 67.5 and Sanofi at #98 with a score of 66.8. Neither BASF nor Monsanto made it to the top 100 companies. In 2017 Bayer was not listed among the top 100, too.

The World’s Best Employers 2018

Statista / Forbes Magazine

More than 430,000 global recommendations were analyzed by Statista to create the World’s Best Employers list. Employees were asked to rate their own employer and the likelihood they would recommend the company to a friend or family member. They were also asked to recommend other employers they admired.

Bayer was ranked #114, ahead of BASF (#243), Roche (#277), Sanofi (#336), Novartis (#369) and even Johnson & Johnson (#123).

The Science Careers Top Employers 2018

Science Careers / Science Magazine

This year, more than 8,000 responded, the most in the history of the survey, up from 6,950 last year. Of more than 180 companies mentioned frequently by survey participants, 20 emerged as top employers. Innovation was the leading driver for top employers. Work culture, respect for employees, and social responsibility were also highly valued. An unusual feature in this year’s survey compared to recent years was the emergence of “top leadership that successfully makes changes needed to keep the organization moving in the right direction” as a characteristic of top employers.

Bayer was ranked #19. Over the last years Bayer did not make it to the top 20. In 2017 Monsanto was ranked #18, the year before #13.

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2018 Gender Equality Global Report & Ranking


Bayer has been ranked #103 (2017: #124) in the Top 200 companies globally leading the field for gender and equality in 2018. BASF has been ranked #79, GSK #28, Sanofi #51, Roche #149, while J&J, Novartis and Syngenta are not amongst the top 200.

Equileap is an Organisation aiming to accelerate progress towards gender equality in the workplace. Every year, it ranks over 3,000 companies in 23 countries on gender equality based on 19 criteria, including leadership, compensation, work-life balance, health & safety, paid family leave, marketing, and transparency. All data is drawn from publicly available material.

Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award for „Excellence in Learning“

Brandon Hall Group

A high-profile jury has honored Bayer with the Brandon Hall Group Awards in Gold, Silver and Bronze for "Excellence in Learning" in the categories “Best Learning Team”, “Best Use of Blended Learning”, “Best Use of Performance Support”, “Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning”, as well as "Best Advance in Learning Measurement".

The Brandon Hall Group is one of the leading analyst firms in the field of training and continuing education worldwide. The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards, initiated in 1994, are regarded as the “Oscars” of the professional development sector. A panel of independent industry experts and the Brandon Hall Group chose this year's winners from over 100 entries from more than 20 countries. The entries were judged primarily on achievement of goals, program design, functionality, integration in the talent management process and measurable use.

Our Contribution to Society

Sustainability and social responsibility have always been key topics in our efforts to adapt to a changing world. To contribute to society’s future viability, we make investments in the areas of science and education, health, social needs, and community projects. This commitment is an integral element of Bayer’s corporate policy. Some of our ongoing activities include:

  • The Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award, presented annually to talented young scientists in the early stages of their academic careers;
  • A collaboration with the Chinese government aimed at promoting advanced training for physicians in rural, medically underserved areas of western China;
  • A fund to encourage recreational, disabled, and competitive sports activities in Germany.
  • Pulse of Life Award, that is a Russian-wide socio-educational program, which aims to reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and promote the development of preventive medicine.
    The initiators of the project are the National Medical Research Center for Preventive Medicine, the Russian Society of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, the Russian Society of Heart and Bayer.

Disaster aid is another area of activity for our social needs foundation. As an example, in the wake of the 2012 earthquake in Sichuan province, China, Bayer responded to the emergency with an extensive aid program. The Bayer Cares Foundation launched several projects to rebuild the community, including an initiative to restore a devastated college campus in the city of Dujiangyan.


Corporate Social Responsibility

Bayer considers it important to do its part for social development, and as part of its program of corporate social involvement operates projects connected to key areas of education and science, health and social needs, and also with culture and sport. With the help of its corporate fund, Bayer enables new research, develops talents, and supports innovative educational and social projects.

In Russia, Bayer actively works together with well-known Russian non-profit organizations, which have proven themselves as reliable partners to the government and society in different social projects contributing to positive change.

Our ongoing projects include many examples which were proposed by our employees themselves and supported by the management of the company, such as: the modernization of the cardiac intensive care unit at the Burdenko Hospital, the renovation of the games room in the boarding house of the Russian Children’s Clinical Hospital, the project supporting adults in difficult situations, and many others. Bayer employees themselves also personally take part in volunteer activities in support of the community’s socially vulnerable strata. After all, corporate volunteerism is a necessary tool for making positive social changes.

The list of corporate volunteer events includes: the organization and running of creative and educational master classes for children in hospitals; career guidance training and outings for those in children’s homes; visits to animal shelters. In addition, the company’s Moscow office hosts an annual “Donors’ day,” in partnership with the Blood Center of the Federal Biomedical Agency.

However, employees do not limit themselves to corporate volunteer activities, but also actively bring about their own charity initiatives. In support of those projects, the company has its “Role Model: set an example” program, from which employees may receive up to EUR 5,000 in support of their initiatives for improving life in the local community.

At Bayer, we believe that the most important elements in the success of the volunteer movement are the employees themselves: their involvement, sympathy, ability to empathize, and desire to serve the community. The company’s main role in this situation is allowing employees the opportunity to develop their talent for helping.

Bayer Foundations

The origin of the Bayer foundations goes back to Friedrich Bayer, who laid the cornerstone for the company's first foundation activities already in 1897.

Today there are two Bayer foundations: the Bayer Science & Education Foundation, which supports science and education by improving school programs, promoting young scientists, and honoring outstanding research; and the Bayer Cares Foundation, which seeks to improve living conditions through social initiatives, including healthcare and disaster relief.
The foundations support innovators in science, education, and social welfare, thus improving lives today and into the future.