At a glance: In Partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme
Bayer has a well-established tradition of environmental protection, which began more than 100 years ago when it set up its Wastewater Commission at its production plants at Leverkusen, Germany, in 1901. Since then Bayer has consistently stuck to the principle of more environmental protection, health protection, safety and Sustainable Development.
As a research-based enterprise, Bayer also places great emphasis on promoting science education for young people and has therefore been committed to promoting youth environmental programs for many years. In cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Bayer organizes and promotes a number of specific projects which aim to improve knowledge about the environment among young people and support them in their environmental commitment. One of these projects is the “Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Program”.
Under this program, selected students go to Germany on a weeklong study tour to experience how environmental protection is practiced by people, government and industry in one of the leading countries with regards to technology and environmental awareness.
The visit to the global headquarters of the Bayer Group in Germany demonstrates how companies – through product development and responsible manufacturing processes – contribute to sustainable development.
Initiated in 1998 as a local project in Thailand, the program included participants from the Philippines and Singapore from 2001 on. The program was further extended to India in 2002, China in 2003, and Poland, Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador in 2004, and Peru as well as Kenya in 2005. In 2006, Vietnam and Malaysia join the program for the first time.
The program has received widespread praise. Philippine’s President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo describes the initiative as ‘a meritorious project, particularly in the wake of pressing environmental problems in the country’. Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs said that Bayer has put together a program that deserves praise, and will stand to go a long way in promoting sustainable development among youth in Asia. Mr Carmén Arevalo, Colombian Vice-Minister of the Environment said that “Corporate projects that give young people the opportunity to actively participate and discuss such an important issue are highly valuable, and the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development endorses this initiative of Bayer launched in the context of corporate social responsibility.”