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12.7 International Standards and Certifications

To ensure high health, safety, environmental protection and quality (hseq) standards throughout the Group, Bayer has established management systems that are aligned to acknowledged international standards and are regularly evaluated and updated. They form an integral part of all our business processes. Regular upkeep of the management systems and appropriate training and certification also demonstrate our commitment to the guidelines of the chemical industry’s Responsible Care Global Charter.

With regard to the coverage of our business activities with hseq management systems based on energy consumption, in 2014 around 94% of all our production sites featured an hse management system audited by Bayer. 95% of our entire business activities were certified externally to at least one internationally recognized standard in 2014. As part of a Group-wide certification plan, it is planned to achieve virtually complete coverage in both environmental and occupational safety management based on energy consumption by 2017. One hundred percent coverage is not feasible owing to changes in our site portfolio, however.

Standards and Certifications1       [Table 3.12.9]
  2011 2012 2013 2014
Certification to external standards        
ISO 14001 certification/EMAS validation 66 84 84 91
HSEQ management systems based on other external standards2 54 58 67 58
Certified to OHSAS 18001 27 30 30 34
Certified to ISO 500013 40
Degree of coverage with certification to at least one international standard 87 89 90 95
HSE management systems internally audited by Bayer        
HSE management systems audited by Bayer 99 99 99 944
1 % of business activities (based on energy consumption)
2 e.g. RCMS (Responsible Care Management System) in the United States or Industria Limpia (Clean Industry) in Mexico

3 Group values determined from 2014 onward
4 The percentage reduction in the HSE management systems audited by Bayer can be explained by the inclusion for the first time of the Maasvlakte site in our environmental reporting. Since the workforce there to date has comprised exclusively employees of our joint venture partner, no internal Bayer audits are performed there.

We began introducing iso 50001 in 2012. This standard defines the requirements for introducing, maintaining and improving an energy management system. In this report, we are for the first time publishing the coverage for the Group.

All subgroups also have industry-specific international quality management systems such as iso 9001, iso 17025, iso 13485 or gmp (Good Manufacturing Practice). Group-wide, its coverage by certification is over 98%. More information about quality management can be found in Chapter 8 “Procurement and Production.”

Last updated: February 26, 2015  Copyright © Bayer AG