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Equal opportunities for more diversity
As an innovation company, we need employees who can think creatively and in many directions, who offer a range of experience, mindsets and viewpoints and come from different walks in life. This is because we need to work together on solutions to the challenges faced by society, of which we are all part.
Fostering equal opportunities in a workforce characterized by diversity means acknowledging the skills, potential and personality of each individual employee. No person is to be unfairly disadvantaged, favored or ostracized because of ethnic or racial origin, color, nationality, descent, religion, caste, gender, age, physical characteristics or appearance, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, HIV/AIDS or marital/parental status.
At Bayer, equal opportunities most certainly involves promoting the interests of disabled employees and those affected by health issues. Bayer uses state-of-the-art integration concepts to respect these employees’ interests and ensure they are not excluded from appointments to new positions.
The equal treatment of all employees is a basic principle of human resources policy at Bayer and forms an integral part of its Values and Leadership Principles. Respecting and valuing the national and cultural diversity of the people in our company forms the basis for our daily work. We reinforce this commitment with our membership in the Diversity Charter
Diversity for success
A diverse employee structure is fundamental to the competitiveness of Bayer. This is particularly true for its management. Because diversity provides a better understanding of changing markets and consumer segments and opens up access to a broader pool of talent. It also reaps benefits in terms of problem-solving and innovative aptitude, which has been proven to result from broad cultural diversity within the Group. Of the members of our Group Leadership Circle, in which 35 nationalities are currently represented, around 66 percent come from the country in which they are employed.
The balance between men and women
Another major aim of Bayer’s diversity strategy is to achieve an appropriate balance between men and women, especially in managerial teams. At the end of 2010, the Group set itself the target of shifting the proportion of women to men in senior management (the five highest contract levels) from a ratio of 21 percent to 79 percent towards 30 percent to 70 percent by the end of 2015. At the end of 2014, the ratio was already 26 percent to 74 percent. The gender balance has therefore improved by five percentage points in four years. In the Group Leadership Circle, the ratio had improved from 93 percent men and 7 percent women at the end of 2010 to 87 percent men and 13 percent women by the end of 2014.
Our diversity is multi-faceted
“We appreciate the wealth of ideas, backgrounds and perspectives our employees bring to the Group. We are convinced of the very positive effect this has on our business. This is why we create a working environment that allows all employees to freely express their sexual orientation and identity.” Hartmut Klusik, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG.
The world around us is characterized by extensive and colorful diversity. Alternative lifestyles are becoming increasingly accepted in society – and in the workplace. The number of patchwork families, same-sex partnerships and openly homosexual figures in public life has increased over the years. Yet an open approach to sexual orientation, sexual identity and the expression of sexuality in the workplace still presents challenges.
|Bayer’s Blend global community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) employees and their supporters makes a clear stance on this issue. Although the Community has a global structure, its work and contact partners are mainly organized at local level. The group in Berkeley, for example, has produced a video for the "It Gets Better Project" in the United States.|
The right work/life balance
Establishing the right balance between work and personal life depends on flexible working time models. Bayer offers a range of solutions to suit just about any life circumstances – from flextime arrangements and part-time hours to teleworking. The childcare facilities provided by the Group and its generous parental leave arrangement also enable employees with children to maintain good career prospects.
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