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Bayer lays out social progress for first time

February 2002

The health care and chemicals group Bayer has reported for the first time on aspects of its social performance.

The German group’s first sustainable development report outlines some of its community projects as well as details of its environmental performance previously laid out in annual environment reports.

Among initiatives featured in the report is Bayer’s social programme in the Brazilian town of Belford Roxo, where it has one of its biggest production sites.

The group says the programme, which provides nursery schooling, community facilities, daily school meals, workshops for homeless children and computer courses, has involved 400,000 of the town’s 600,000 people. It has now set up a similar community outreach programme in Sao Paulo.

The report also highlights the work of the Bayer diversity advisory council, which has been set up to ‘further understanding among different cultures’ within the group.

The council has developed a mentoring programme for new employees and introduced a diversity seminar for managers designed to ‘break down stereotype images and prejudices’. By 2000, more than 70 per cent of managerial staff had taken part in the seminar, which is now being offered to all 120,000 employees in an abridged form.

The report sets a target of cutting work-related injuries and illnesses by 50 per cent by 2004. Its validation statement, by Arthur D Little, says work on health and safety management systems at Bayer production sites needs to be ‘speeded up’.


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