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


Bayer in the Dax 50 ESG index

In March 2020, Deutsche B?rse 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 B?rse uses the results of the international ESG rating agency Sustainalytics to rate companies according to the ESG criteria.

oekom research 2019 – Bayer above Average in a Sectore Comparison

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.

EcoVadis Honors Bayer with the Gold Level

For the third time, the international rating agency for sustainability evaluations EcoVadis extensively assessed Bayer and once again awarded it the Gold 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 75/100, 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.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) – Bayer confirms leading international position as a sustainable company taking climate action

Prestigious ratings organization CDP (formerly the “Carbon Disclosure Project”) has once again declared Bayer to be one of the leading international companies in the climate category, awarding it the highest rating of “A”. CDP looked at more than 8,000 companies, focusing on how they deal with the challenges of climate change at a strategic level. Only around 2 percent (179 companies) achieved an A rating.

CDP is a non-profit organization that each year compiles the world’s most comprehensive publicly accessible collection of corporate data on aspects such as the climate, and evaluates it to create a ranking. According to its own data, 525 institutional investors, representing USD 96 trillion in assets, back CDP and factor its ratings into their investment decisions. Besides ESG investors, who specialize in the environmental, social and governance performance of companies, these ratings are also increasingly attracting the attention of large mainstream investors.

The climate change A List and additional information is available at:

CDP again rates Bayer as one of the leading international companies for water management

The ratings organization CDP (formerly the “Carbon Disclosure Project”) has given Bayer the top rating of “A” in its latest list for water security. On behalf of institutional investors, CDP analyzed data from over 8,400 companies worldwide about their strategic management of water – a limited resource. Less than one percent (71 companies) worldwide and only two companies in Germany achieved an A rating.

Careful water management and protection of waterways are particularly important to Bayer, and it is developing solutions in this area at various levels. For instance, the company enables farmers to use water and crop protection products with greater precision by employing digital technologies. In addition, Bayer helps farmers use more efficient irrigation techniques. When it comes to product innovation, Bayer is also working on developing seed varieties that thrive on less water, or conversely that continue to grow despite flooding. For example, one type of rice seed is already on the market that delivers reliable yields even in the case of dry conditions, flooding and salination caused by variable, extreme weather conditions.

The complete A List of companies, along with other information, can be viewed here: https://www.cdp.net/en/companies/companies-scores

FTSE4Good Indices 2019 – Bayer listed since 2001

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.

Access to Medicine Index 2018 – Bayer ranked 16th

Every two years, the Access to Medicine Foundation publishes an index comparing the 20 leading pharmaceutical companies with regard to activities and initiatives that experts regard as critical for access to medicine – ranging from donations and patents to the build-up of expertise. Bayer ranked 16th in this index in 2018.

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.

Access to Seeds Index 2018 – Bayer ranked 3rd

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.


Good Company Ranking 2018 – Bayer Ranked 8

Bayer 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 Zu?lch (HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management).

Bayer as an Employer

Gender-Equality Index (GEI) – Bayer a Global Leader in Diversity and Inclusion

In 2020, 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 nine other German businesses appear in the highly regarded index, which comprises a total of 325 listed companies spanning 50 different industries across 42 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.

Top Employers 2018 – Bayer Achieved 1st Place in the Focus Employer Ranking

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 Magazine’s Top 20 Employers for Scientists – Bayer Moves up 4 Places to Rank 16

For 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.

Universum Ranking – Bayer Ranked Second as Employer of Choice for Young Scientists in Germany and Mexico in 2014

Bayer 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  

Best Brands Award 2017 – Bayer Is Part of the Top 10 for the First Time

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.

“CoreBrand Index” 2017 – Bayer Ranks 3rd among Top Global Brands

CoreBrand Index 2017: Top 100 Most Powerful Brands in 2017

A 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.

Brand Finance Global 500 – Bayer Ranked 1st in the Pharmaceutical Industry

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.

Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies 2015 – Bayer Ranked on Place 3 in Chemicals

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 Part of Thomson Reuters Top 100 of Global Innovators 2016

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).

BCG.perspectives – Bayer achieved 24th place of the most innovative companies

Bayer is one of the world’s most innovative companies again in 2019. The company reached the 24th place in the “The Most Innovative Companies” ranking of Bosting Consulting Group. With this result Bayer was placed even before companies like BMW, SAP and Pfizer.

About the Ranking
Each year since 2005, Boston Consulting Group has published a ranking of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. The assessment is based on a survey of some 1,500 executives from the area of innovation.