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10/16/2014 | Bayer included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the 15th time in succession

Bayer is once again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Bayer is thus listed in the DJSI World for the 15th time in succession since the index was established in 1999 – like only 14 other companies worldwide. This confirms Bayer's position as one of the leading companies in the pharmaceutical industry in the area of sustainability.

“We are delighted by our renewed listing in this important sustainability index,” said Michael König, member of the Bayer Board of Management responsible for Human Resources, Technology and Sustainability. “It is a fundamental principle of our corporate philosophy to balance commercial success with the needs of society and the environment,” he added. “Sustainability is firmly embedded in our core business. We document this in our integrated Annual Report, in which we communicate all key financial and non-financial data transparently.”

For the DJSI World, the Swiss rating agency RobecoSAM assessed 1,800 of the world’s largest listed companies on behalf of the index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices according to the “best-in-class” principle: with the aid of 24 categories a detailed analysis determined the 10 percent of companies in a given sector that had the best overall economic, ecological and social performance. For example, the agency investigated how companies manage innovation, promote access to medicines and position themselves on human rights issues.

In its sector, Bayer was once again rated particularly highly in the areas of risk management, supplier management and stakeholder dialogue. 

The DJSI World serves as a guide in investment decisions for institutional investors who place particular value on sustainability. 

Further information on the DJSI World is available at:

Detailed information on Bayer's sustainability commitment is available at:


Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.

econsense is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility.