Diversity and Internationality
The growing number of people we employ in the emerging markets is spurring our efforts to make our global workforce more diverse and international. One of the main aims of our diversity strategy is to considerably increase the proportion of local managers over the medium term, particularly in the emerging markets.
The members of our Group Leadership Circle represent 22 nationalities, and about 70 percent are native to the country in which they work. The Bayer Group currently employs people from 127 countries around the world.
In light of this, we are taking measures to further promote collaboration among employees, and between employees and customers, from different cultural backgrounds. Last year, we introduced the innovative online tool “GlobeSmart,” which helps employees obtain information about etiquette and communication in over 60 countries.
Focus on women
The second major focus of our diversity strategy is to significantly increase the number of women in management positions. Last year, we set ourselves the voluntary target of raising the proportion of women in senior management throughout the Group to 30 percent by 2015. Women accounted for 22 percent of employees in this management segment in 2011 – over one percent more than in the previous year – and 35 percent of Bayer Group employees overall.
To continue driving activities aimed at increasing employee diversity, we created the position of “Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion” in 2011. The task of this function is to develop Group-wide strategies and structures for promoting diversity, and effective ways to include all employee groups in the company’s activities.