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“Bayer-ing” It All – How Bayer Reports on Sustainability

The words “pharmaceutical company,” “sustainability” and “Corporate Social Responsibility” rarely go hand in hand, but a global Pharmaceutical Company boasting local impact in the Pittsburgh region might just be what the Doctor ordered.

Bayer recently released it’s 2009 Sustainability Report and with it some lofty goals for Bayer’s operations in the Pittsburgh region, among them a 20% improvement in energy efficiency by 2012 in Bayer’s Pittsburgh-based business center as part of it’s “Green IT Initiative” and a “Wellness Works” 2010 pilot program to help identify health risks and promote a healthy lifestyle for Bayer employees and their families in Pittsburgh.

Beyond local initiatives, Bayer has made it clear that globally they are committed to Climate Protection as its Climate Program is highlighted in one of the Focus Issues in the 2009 Sustainability Report, as well as Corporate Social Responsibility which includes around 300 projects worldwide and numerous sponsorship activities by their two foundations.

What impressed me was the transparency with which Bayer reported on its negative news as well as its successes throughout the year in its 124-page report.  From detailed information on worldwide lawsuits to their position and performance on Human Rights, Bayer has set a  high standard for transparency.  Perhaps that is why Bayer can boast a long list of awards, ratings and rankings on its site.

Image Credit:  Bayer AG Copyright © Bayer Corporation

Written by Emily DeMasi

Emily McKinin DeMasi is a 2011 MBA/ MA Public Policy candidate and Peace Corps Fellow at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her thesis work concerns Corporate Social Responsibility in the United States. She also works as a Research Fellow at Bridgeway Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in downtown Pittsburgh. Emily has worked as an Associate in a Private Equity Placement Firm in NY and as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She hopes to combine her business background with her passion for development and inspire others in the fields of Sustainability and CSR.

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