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Sustainability is One of our Core Values

Philip Blake, President, Bayer Corporation “Sound sustainability practices, both large and small, have real power. They improve the lives of everyone our activities touch."
— Philip Blake, President, Bayer Corporation

Today, in enlightened companies at least, sustainability has moved to the top of the business agenda.

“Sustainability” has matured over the years from the concept of environmental responsibility to stewardship in all its forms — environmental, economic and social. At Bayer, sustainability shapes how we manage our business and plan for the future.

Following are some examples of Bayer’s sustainability initiatives. For more information, please download our Bayer in North America 2011 Sustainable Developments Highlights Report.

Bayer’s Berkeley Site Wins California’s Highest Environmental Honor

Bayer HealthCare LLC’s (BHC) Berkeley site was awarded the 2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its environmental programs and economic leadership that together demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development. Between 2005 and 2010, the BHC Berkeley site reduced its CO2 footprint per production unit by about 40 percent. Other notable achievements at the Berkeley site include a 20 percent reduction in solid waste, a 14 percent reduction in water consumption, and a reduction in electricity consumption by nine percent. Leading its efforts is the site’s Sustainability Council, consisting of seven employees who drive innovative energy and resource conservation programs internally and externally.

American Chemistry Council Awards Bayer’s Baytown, Texas Plant for Energy Savings

Employees at Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s (BMS) Baytown, Texas, plant were honored with the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Exceptional Merit Award at the 2011 Industrial Energy Technology Conference. As part of the Bayer Climate Program, BMS has set an ambitious global goal to reduce its specific greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020. To help reach this goal, the Baytown site implemented improvements to its toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) process. In doing so, the site was able to reduce steam usage by approximately 20 percent over two years. Using less steam not only lowers operating costs, but also is equivalent to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 45,000 tons per year.

New R&D BioScience Greenhouse in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The new state-of-the-art 60,000-square foot BioScience greenhouse and R&D facility at Bayer CropScience LP’s headquarters in North Carolina is one of the first in the United States to use diffused glass panels to improve plant yield and also recycled rainwater and air handling condensate for plant irrigation. This groundbreaking system harvests rainwater and air handling condensate in a 70,000-gallon underground storage tank. The stored water is processed through a water treatment system consisting of particulate, UV, carbon and depth filters to provide suitable water for site irrigation. The rainwater system reduces the consumption of potable water by approximately 700,000 gallons per year.

Wildlife Habitat

Bayer has dedicated 200 acres of our 300-acre Pittsburgh site to wildlife enhancement. Yes, we put away our mowers and reduced costs, while promoting tall grasses for wildlife habitats—now the location of fun and educational programs, hosted by trained Bayer volunteers.

The programs represent Bayer’s deep dedication to the Pittsburgh community, its education, and the local environment. Our Wings of Wonder program is a study that explores migratory wildlife, including a variety of Western Pennsylvania bird and butterfly species. Another program, the Pond Module, helps students understand Pennsylvania’s standards in environment and ecology by exploring the plants and wildlife that make up a pond ecosystem.

Since 2003, the Bayer wildlife habitat has been certified through the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) “Corporate Lands for Learning,” a science-based environmental education initiative. In 2008, the WHC additionally presented Bayer with its “Signature of Sustainability Award,” with Bayer one of just 21 companies nationwide-- and one of two sites in Pennsylvania-- to receive the award.

EcoCommercial Building (ECB) Conference Center

In 2010, at Bayer’s U.S. Headquarters in Pittsburgh Bayer unveiled its EcoCommercial Building (ECB) Conference Center. The solar-powered, net-zero-energy, net-zero-emissions facility serves as a showcase and education center for Bayer MaterialScience LLC sustainable building solutions as well as a working center for evaluating new sustainable construction technologies.