A key element of our sustainability strategy is central management and strategic anchoring of the issue at the Management Board level. To underline the relevance of our commitment to this issue, the job description of Professor Plischke – the Management Board member who was already previously responsible for this area – was formally expanded on January 1, 2012, to include sustainability. The Corporate Center department Environment & Sustainability – headed up by Dr. Wolfgang Grosse Entrup – reports directly to him in his function as the company’s highest ranking sustainability officer. Dr. Grosse Entrup also chairs the Sustainable Development (SD) Committee that steers the operational implementation of sustainability within the company. This committee is comprised of the top-ranking sustainability officers in the subgroups, together with the heads of Corporate Development, Communications and Human Resources & Organization. The committee’s tasks include identifying and evaluating sustainability-relevant opportunities and risks for the company, as well as establishing objectives, initiatives and suitable Group management regulations and monitoring their implementation. The exchange of information – including dialogue across departmental boundaries – takes place with the other committees for the areas of Health, Safety, Environmental Protection, Quality (HSEQ); Innovation; Industrial Operations; Technology; and Public and Governmental Affairs. To disseminate our sustainability strategy, we made a conscious decision not to employ an advisory committee, but instead to regularly engage in intensive and challenging dialogue involving alternating prominent stakeholders and our top management on company-specific themes and challenges.
Targets and indicators serve to operationalize our sustainability strategy. To further integrate sustainability into our business activities, the Group committees responsible for sustainability in 2011 defined new, ambitious Targets 2015 [ 17 ]
all along the value chain. We document the development of these targets in the relevant chapters of the Performance Report.
In addition to these Group-wide committees and targets, our subgroups, regions and countries have created organizational structures focused on specific relevant issues, targets and measures. An overview of the development of sustainability at Bayer [ 18 ]
can be found online.