Bayer is a leading pharmaceutical company in the field of sustainability. This was confirmed through the company's renewed inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) which has listed Bayer continually since the Index was established in 1999. In addition, the Group has again been listed in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for its transparent reporting on CO2 emissions, having been continually included in this Index since 2005. This has been announced by the index providers Dow Jones in combination with the rating agency RobecoSAM, and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
"We are highly delighted by this commendation for our commitment to sustainability," says Prof. Wolfgang Plischke, who is the member of Bayer AG’s Board of Management responsible for Technology, Innovation and Sustainability. "It is a central component of our strategy to operate successfully and sustainably and to communicate openly about this.
The DJSI World and the CDLI are among the most important sustainability indices. They serve as a guide in investment decisions for institutional investors who place particular value on sustainability.
Bayer is one of six pharmaceutical companies worldwide to be included in the DJSI World in 2013. In a comparison across the industry, the company was rated particularly highly in the areas of risk management and environmental management. This also applied to the area of stakeholder dialog: the exchange with various interest groups is considered particularly relevant in the health care sector.
For the DJSI World, the Swiss rating agency RobecoSAM assesses the world's 2,500 largest listed companies (Dow Jones Global Index) on behalf of the index provider Dow Jones according to the "best-in-class" principle: the 10 percent of companies in one sector that have the best economic, ecological and social performance qualify.
In the CDLI, Bayer received the best assessment for the 2012 reporting year of the five health care companies represented. To determine the composition of the CDLI, corporate auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) compared, on behalf of the CDP, the 500 biggest publicly traded companies (FTSE Global 500 Index) in terms of their reporting on CO2 emissions.