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Bayer Corporation will be honored tomorrow, Friday, April 20, by the Rachel Carson Homestead
Association at a reception that kicks off a yearlong series of special events commemorating the centennial of the birth of author and ecologist Rachel Carson.
One of the Homestead Association's key events, the Rachel Carson Legacy
Challenge reception hosted by Teresa Heinz Kerry at the Senator John Heinz
History Center, will recognize Bayer and 15 other companies and
organizations. Specifically, Bayer is being honored for its continued
support and implementation of its various local, national and global
environmental initiatives, some begun more than a decade ago, that are
designed to foster a healthier planet.
Throughout the centennial year, Bayer is also helping to sponsor a
number of special environmental education programs organized by the
"Bayer employees are proud that we as a company take action that
supports the public interest and demonstrates corporate citizenship that
benefits humankind," said Dr. Attila Molnar, President and CEO, Bayer
Corporation. "In meeting our responsibilities to society, Bayer relies on
its core values of improving quality of life while harmonizing commercial
efficiency, ecology and social commitment."
The objective of the event is to highlight how commitment to
environmentally sustainable practices can make a tangible difference in the
health, quality of life, environment and economic viability of local,
regional and global communities.
"We applaud Bayer Corporation for continuing to take 'green steps to a
sustainable future,' by making permanent, measurable changes in behavior
and policies that promote Rachel Carson's environmental ethic," said
Patricia M. DeMarco, executive director, Rachel Carson Homestead
Association. "As a forward-thinking company, Bayer clearly understands that
by committing to this challenge, it will help build conditions for a more
sustainable, healthy world."
Bayer's Sustainability Progress
Bayer works to develop technologies that increase energy efficiency and
protect drinking water; helps to eradicate pandemic diseases in the
developing world; strengthens science education in the United States;
introduces sustainable business practices to today's students; and reduces
its own footprint globally. Bayer was one of the first chemical companies
to join the Responsible Care(R) initiative and publish an environmental
report in 1993. Several years later, it would become one of 45 founding
members of the United Nation's Global Compact and join the Global Reporting
More than a decade ago, Bayer set an ambitious goal to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from more than 400 facilities worldwide in
absolute numbers by 50 percent from 1990 to 2012, while simultaneously
increasing manufacturing output. Since 1990, Bayer has bettered the
greenhouse gas emission targets specified in the Kyoto Protocol and cut
direct greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by more than 70 percent.
Through technical improvements and structural changes, Bayer also has
cut its worldwide energy use by 26 percent between 2000 and 2005. The
Carbon Disclosure Project, a coalition of more than 200 worldwide
institutional investors, lists Bayer as "Best in Class" in worldwide
Bayer was one of the first members of the Chicago Climate Exchange --
the world's first and America's only voluntary, legally binding greenhouse
gas reduction and trading system for emission sources in North America and
Bayer's climate strategy includes developing products that conserve
natural resources. These include refrigerator insulation, lightweight
automotive materials and thermal insulation for buildings, all of which
increase energy efficiency, lower fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
Fueling the "green building" revolution are Bayer's innovative coatings,
adhesives and polycarbonate materials. Currently under development are
nanomaterials. This technology will make films and coatings with enhanced
electric conductivity and optical transparency possible, leading to the
next generation solar voltaic collectors on the market.
Bayer's commitment to responsible environmental protection includes
effective product stewardship. Bayer's BayCare(R) product stewardship
program promotes the safe transportation, storage, handling and disposal of
These efforts have garnered the company numerous awards, including the
"Low Carbon Leaders Award" at the 2005 Climate Summit in Montreal, the
"Industrial Water Quality Achievement Award" from the Water Environmental
Foundation in 2004, and three U.S. presidential awards, including the Ron
Brown Award for Corporate Leadership in 2006. Business Week magazine
recently named Bayer one of "the top green companies of the decade."
Outside reporting agencies confirm Bayer's record. The company is
represented in the most important relevant indices, such as the Climate
Leadership Index, the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index (continuously
since it was first established in 1999), its European counterpart, the Dow
Jones STOXX Sustainability Index, and the FTSE4Good series.
About Bayer Corporation
Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of
Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and innovative materials
group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In North America, Bayer had 2006 net
sales of 7.8 billion euros and employed 17,200 at year end. Bayer's three
subgroups, Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience and Bayer MaterialScience,
improve people's lives through a broad range of essential products that
help diagnose, prevent and treat diseases; protect crops and enhance
yields; and advance automobile safety and durability. Bayer AG stock is a
component of the DAX and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:
About The Rachel Carson Homestead Association
The Rachel Carson Homestead Association was formed in 1975 to preserve
and restore the National Register historic site and to offer education
programs and resources that promote Rachel Carson's environmental ethic.
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