Sustainable Conduct Commitment to Employees and Society Attracting, developing and retaining the best employees Defining our corporate culture through dialogue, diversity schließen Diversity designates the variation within the workforce in terms of gender, origin, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation and physical capability. and innovation Advancing knowledge and leadership skills Unreserved commitment to supporting human rights Wide-ranging societal engagement Employees Bayer’s business success is based to a large extent on the knowledge, skills, commitment and satisfaction of our employees. As an employer we offer our employees attractive conditions and wide-ranging individual development opportunities such as a highly effective system of vocational and ongoing training. Alongside professional training, we focus on conveying our corporate values (LIFE) and establishing a dialogue-oriented corporate culture based on trust, respect for diversity and equality of opportunity. Our responsible approach to structuring working conditions includes fair treatment at work, a transparent and equitable compensation system, company pension plans, the ability to combine working with family commitments, flexible worktime arrangements and a working environment that fosters health. These are the cornerstones of our global human resources strategy, which is designed to safeguard and expand our business activities. They strengthen our competitiveness, and also reflect our social responsibility to provide secure employment and stable incomes, and to foster social cohesion. In this way, we want to recruit and retain the best employees for Bayer. Responsibility for the human resources strategy falls within the remit of the primary decision-making body of Bayer’s HR function, which sets binding policies and defines priorities for all regions and organizational units. Group target: continuous improvement in employee satisfaction We measure employees’ satisfaction with Bayer as an employer with the help of institutionalized feedback discussions and the Group-wide Employee Survey, which is usually conducted about every two years. This enables us to monitor the effectiveness of our activities and make any necessary improvements. Together with IBM as our new service provider, we have revised the concept for as well as the structure and the content of our 2017 Employee Survey. For this reason, the results cannot be compared with those of previous years. The survey was completed by 80% of employees worldwide. Bayer’s score of 79% on the Employee Engagement Index – collated from responses to questions about satisfaction, loyalty, advocacy and pride – was eight percentage points above the global benchmark of provider IBM.