Ratings, Rankings and Awards

Intensive dialogue with leading rating agencies is very important to us. Our goal here is to achieve a fair assessment of our sustainability performance. The results of these ratings serve as the basis for continuous improvement measures at Bayer. Listed below is a selection of recent awards, ratings and rankings in the areas of sustainability and social commitment.


Bayer’s Sustainability Performance


In March 2020, Deutsche Börse launched an index for sustainable companies in Germany. Bayer was included in this index as one of the most heavily weighted companies.


About the index
The Dax 50 ESG index is based on the methodology of the Dax index family. For the first time, it also includes what are known as ESG criteria (Environmental, Social and Governance) for the selection of the companies represented in the index. Deutsche Börse uses the results of the international ESG rating agency Sustainalytics to rate companies according to the ESG criteria.


On a scale from A (top) to D, Bayer was awarded a C+ by the rating agency oekom research in 2019. Bayer was thereby significantly better than the average for all chemical sector companies assessed and placed just below so-called Prime Status (starting at B-).


About the Rating
Oekom Research AG is a rating agency in the sustainable asset segment that examines companies according to a wide range of ecological and social criteria. These criteria include employees and suppliers, social responsibility and product stewardship, corporate governance, sustainability of products, environmental management and eco-efficiency.

For the fourth time, the international rating agency for sustainability evaluations EcoVadis extensively assessed Bayer and once again awarded it the „advanced“ level for its company-wide sustainability management.


This places Bayer among the top 5% of the companies assessed.


EcoVadis analyzes companies’ sustainability performance in four categories – Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Fair Business Practices & Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement. With a score of 70/100, Bayer achieved an excellent result.

About the Rating
EcoVadis has been operating an independent collaborative platform that prepares CSR ratings of suppliers for global supply chains since 2007. EcoVadis has set itself the goal of promoting companies’ environmental and social practices through CSR performance monitoring within the supply chain and supporting them in improving their sustainability.


Renowned ratings organization CDP (the “Carbon Disclosure Project”) has once again named Bayer among the leading international companies in the climate and water categories, awarding it the highest rating of double “A”. Bayer is the only company of the German DAX that received the double “A” rating for climate and water. From a survey of more than 5,800 companies, only 182 achieved an “A” rating for their climate activities and only 72 achieved the highest “A” rating in the water category.Thanks to verifiable measures implemented to combat climate change and ensure the availability of clean water, Bayer is regarded as a global leader when it comes to ambition, action and transparency. The company has been included in the CDP rankings since 2005.



CDP’s annual evaluation process is generally recognized as the gold standard when it comes to the transparency of corporate environmental activities. In 2020, more than 515 investors with assets of over 106 trillion US dollars and more than 150 major customers with procurement expenditure in excess of 4 trillion US dollars called on companies to use the CDP platform to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities. With 9,600 participants, more companies than ever before were evaluated by CDP this year. The criteria used for the evaluation included completeness of disclosure, awareness and management of environmental risks, and evidence of best practices.


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2019 brought renewed confirmation of Bayer's inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index. To be included in these index, companies must fulfill strict ecological and social criteria relating to issues such as environmental management and climate protection, employees' rights, tackling corruption, sustainability in the supply chain and sustainability reporting.


About the Rating
Bayer has been included in the FTSE4Good index series ever since it was launched by the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange (FTSE) in 2001. The FTSE4Good index series is a highly regarded international sustainability index.

Improving worldwide access to healthcare is big part of our sustainability strategy. The 2021 Access to Medicine Index shows how Bayer has advanced by three places in the last ranking, currently in 13th place out of 20 pharmaceutical firms. Every two years, the Access to Medicine Foundation reports on how 20 pharma companies make medicines, vaccines and diagnostics more accessible for people in 126 low- and middle-income countries. The disease scope for the 2021 Access to Medicine Index comprises 82 diseases, conditions and pathogens which are analyzed using three technical areas, namely ‘Governance of Access’, ‘Research & Development’ and ‘Product Delivery.’


About the Rating

The „Access to Medicine Foundation“ (ATM) was set up in the Netherlands in 2005 with the goal of improving access to sustainable health care, particularly in developing countries. This global initiative is supported not only by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation but also by the Dutch foreign ministry, the UK AID and more than 50 institutional investors.

The Access to Seeds Index ranks globally leading seed companies actions and their efforts for enhancing the productivity of smallholder farmers. The companies’ activities were assessed in seven measurement areas across four focus regions: Latin America, western Africa, eastern Africa, and South and Southeast Asia in the period 2015-2017.

Since the Index’s launch in 2016, Bayer has consistently been recognized among the top three global companies.

About the Rating
The Access to Seeds Index is published by the Access to Seeds Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Access to Seeds Foundation is an ally of the World Benchmarking Alliance. The Index aims to encourage seed companies to step up their efforts to support smallholder farmer productivity.


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Good_Company_RankingBayer was awarded 8th place in the latest Good Company Ranking of the DAX 30 companies. The assessment focused on companies’ performance in the areas of society, employees, the environment and financial integrity.

About the Ranking
The Good Company Ranking 2018 is based on data for the 2017 fiscal year. The assessment was performed by a scientific committee under the direction of Professor Edeltraud Günther (TU Dresden University), Professor Christian Scholz (Saarland University) und Professor Henning Zülch (HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management).

Bayer as an Employer

In 2021, Bayer has been included in the prestigious Gender-Equality Index (GEI) of U.S. financial information service Bloomberg, which marks it out as one of the companies with the strongest and most successful commitment to gender equality anywhere in the world. Only few other German businesses appear in the highly regarded index, which comprises a total of 380 listed companies across 44 countries.


About the Rating
The Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index recognizes listed companies that have demonstrated their commitment to this important goal. Among the criteria for inclusion are the proportion of women in management positions and the talent pipeline, equal pay, an inclusive corporate culture and protection against sexual harassment.


Bayer is one of the top employers in Germany in 2018. For the second time the company was named the best employer in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore Bayer attained the third position in the overall ranking prior to BMW and PUMA.

About the Ranking
The ranking is based on a study conducted by the statistics institute Statista together with the careers network “Xing” and the employer assessment platform “kununu.” Here 100,000 employees were asked whether they would recommend their employer and how they rate other employees from the same industry.

Science_2016_Top_EmployerFor the fifth time in a row, Bayer was included in 2014 in Science Magazine's Global Top 20 Employers for Scientists. Bayer thus improved its ranking by 4 places compared to the previous year, moving up to 16th.


About the Ranking
The ranking is based on a survey of around 5,400 scientists from the areas of biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, medicine and other related areas.

Most_attractive_employees_Universum_2016Bayer is ranked as an Ideal Employer - Science students regard Bayer as one of the most attractive employer in natural sciences in Germany, Spain, Mexico and Vietnam.

About the Award
Universum produces its prestigious "ideal employer" ranking annually on behalf of German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. The consulting company is a market leader in employer branding and has more than 25 years’ experience in this field.

Bayer as a Brand and Company  

Bayer is one of the best german corporate brands in an international comparison. It is the first time Bayer is ranked in the Top 10 of the “Best Brands 2017”.


About the Award

The Best Brand Award is conferred every year since 2004 in the categories “Best Corporate Brand”, “Best Product Brand” and “Best Growth Brand” as well as in a special category, which changes yearly. The award-winning candidates are determined in a complex, representative study conducted by the german consumer research institute (GfK). This is the stand-out feature of the award because the winners are chosen solely by consumers.


awardsA powerful brand: Bayer has again taken the 3rd spot in the international CoreBrand Index 2017 of the best and strongest company brands, just behind Coca Cola and Hershey and ahead of Walt Disney and Apple. That was the outcome of an analysis carried out by the Tenet Partners company.

About the Index
Every year Tenet Partners analyzes the market recognition of listed companies in putting together its CoreBrand Index (CBI). The best and most powerful brands, enjoying both high awareness as well as positive brand perception, are summarized in their “Top 100 Most Powerful Brands of 2016” report.

Bayer is among the world’s top brands in the pharmaceutical industry according to the current ranking by London-based rating agency Brand Finance, in which the company took second place in 2016.

About the Rating
Each year Brand Finance determines the most influential and valuable brands using the “Royalty Relief approach”. This applies parameters such as sales forecasts and the brand strength index to calculate how much the rights to a brand are worth.

In the "World’s Most Admired Companies" ranking by U.S. magazine Fortune, Bayer comes third out of all chemical companies worldwide in terms of its image. The Group enjoys a good reputation in the industry, in particular in the areas of innovation, social responsibility, financial standing, product quality and global competitiveness.


About the List
The “Most Admired” list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. The ranking is based on a survey of 4,100 executives, directors and analysts representing a total of 668 companies from 29 countries. Fortune’s survey partner Hay Group started with approximately 1,400 companies: the Fortune 1,000, i.e. the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue; non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database with revenues of $10 billion or more. Hay then selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry. To create the 55 industry lists, Hay asked executives, directors and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

Bayer is one of the most innovative companies in the world, as shown by Thomson Reuter's current “Top 100 Global Innovators” ranking. After 2011 and 2015 Bayer was included for the third time in 2016.

About the Award
Since 2011, Thomson Reuters has published its list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies. The ranking assesses patents and citation data with regard to the criteria scope, success, globalization and influence based on the Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) and the Derwent Patents Citation Index (PCI).

Bayer is one of the most innovative companies in the world, as shown by Thomson Reuter's current “Top 100 Global Innovators” ranking. After 2011 and 2015 Bayer was included for the third time in 2016.


About the Ranking
Since 2011, Thomson Reuters has published its list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies. The ranking assesses patents and citation data with regard to the criteria scope, success, globalization and influence based on the Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) and the Derwent Patents Citation Index (PCI).