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Bayer recognized as leader on climate change for fifth consecutive year

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15 December 2022, Leverkusen: Bayer has been recognized for leadership in corporate transparency and performance on climate change by global environmental non-profit CDP, securing a place on its annual ‘A List’.

Based on data reported through CDP’s 2022 Climate Change questionnaire, Bayer is one of a small number of companies that achieved an ‘A’ – out of nearly 15,000 companies scored. Bayer has held its leadership position for half a decade and has never scored below an A- since first submitting a CDP climate change questionnaire in 2010. This year, 3.4 percent of companies scored on climate received an A rating.

Matthias Berninger, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Science, Sustainability & HSE at Bayer, said: “Bayer’s excellent track record of CDP ratings in the past few years and the latest result validate the company’s high commitment to sustainability. The maintenance of a CDP A-rating for our work and transparency around climate change is an important acknowledgment of our ongoing position as a world-leading company in this field. CDP holds us to account for reporting on our ambitious efforts in decarbonization and demonstrates that reporting requirements recently proposed by several governments are attainable.”

Bayer also appeared in the CDP “Forest” and “Water Scarcity” rankings. In “Forest” Bayer achieved a respectable “B” status while scoring an “A-” in “Water Scarcity”.

A record number of companies participated in this year’s CDP ranking

CDP’s annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency. In 2022, over 680 investors with over 130 trillion U.S. dollars in assets and 280 major purchasers with 6.4 trillion U.S. dollars in procurement spend requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform. A record-breaking 18,700 companies responded.

Maxfield Weiss, Executive Director, CDP Europe said: “Congratulations to all companies on the CDP A List 2022 – a small group of leading corporates among the nearly 20,000 disclosing environmental data to CDP this year. COP27 showed the need for transformational change is more critical than ever if we are to limit warming to 1.5 °C. We must cut emissions by half and eliminate deforestation by 2030, alongside achieving water security on the same timescale – there is no route to 1.5°C without nature.’’

A detailed and independent methodology is used by CDP to assess these companies, allocating a score of A to D- based on the comprehensiveness of disclosure, awareness and management of environmental risks and demonstration of best practices associated with environmental leadership, such as setting ambitious and meaningful targets. Those that do not disclose or provided insufficient information are scored an F.

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