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Bayer Remains "Best in Class" in Sustainability

12 September 2011

GLOBAL - Bayer remains "best in class" in sustainability. This is demonstrated by the company's renewed inclusion in both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI Europe).

Bayer has been listed continuously in the DJSI World since its inception in 1999.

"That Bayer continues to be listed in the two important sustainability indices represents confirmation and recognition of our endeavors in the field of sustainability," said Professor Wolfgang Plischke, the member of Bayer AG's Board of Management responsible for Innovation, Technology and Environment.

The evaluation of corporate sustainability performance is performed on behalf of the index provider Dow Jones by the Swiss rating agency SAM. This year, Bayer achieved its best overall results ever. Central categories assessed comprise responsible corporate governance and innovation management, environmental management and environmental performance, human resources policy and customer and supplier relations.

Inclusion in the DJSI World and DJSI Europe is based on the "best in class" principle: to warrant inclusion, it is not sufficient for companies to meet basic economic, ecological and social criteria. Rather, they must have the best sustainability performance in their sector. The DJSI World lists the top 10 per cent of the world's 2,500 largest listed companies (Dow Jones Global Index). The best 20 per cent of Europe's 600 largest listed companies qualify for the DJSI Europe.

Investors who place value on sustainability use the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices as a guide for their decisions. The assets under management in DJSI-based portfolios currently total more than $8 billion.



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