Help for people in need

Bayer's corporate social responsibility has traditionally involved assistance for those in need and efforts to improve social conditions in all the countries in which the company is active. Important tools of our social responsibility include donations and support for long-term projects according to the principle "helping people to help themselves." Here we cooperate closely with both government institutions and non-governmental organisations.

Not for profit partnerships

In Australia Bayer is proud to support The Kids’ Cancer Project, Mission Australia, and Aussie Helpers as our main not-for-profit partners. In New Zealand Bayer supports United Way.


Responding in times of need

As a citizen of the global community, Bayer seeks to assist those in need and lessen human suffering. The company donates a wide range of products in response to natural disasters, to assist charitable programs and in answer to individual needs.


Bayer Pharmaceuticals sponsorships of health consumer organisations

Bayer Pharmaceuticals is committed to providing independent non-directed support to Health Consumer Organisations – or patient groups – with the goal of providing patients with disease-related information enhancing quality use of medicine to support better health outcomes for the Australian community.


Heart of Australia

Bayer is sponsoring a new initiative to provide front-line specialist medical services to regional, rural and remote area communities across Queensland with a customised road train – a specialist medical clinic-on-wheels. The Heart of Australia truck plans to travel more than 72,000km across southwest Queensland in its first year on the road. Find out more here

Mission Australia

Mission Australia is a non‐denominational Christian community service organisation that has been helping people to regain their independence for over 155 years.

 

Independence is something we all strive for, but life rarely turns out as planned. We’ve learnt the reasons behind a loss of independence and the paths to getting it back are different for everyone.

 

This informs how we work to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities across

Australia, through homelessness initiatives and affordable housing, early learning and youth services, family support, and employment and skills development.

 

Our nationwide team of over 3,500 staff applies different approaches, inspired by Christian values. We are joined by government, our corporate partners and everyday Australians who provide generous support.

 

Together, we stand with Australians in need until they can stand for themselves. 


Toby Hall, CEO, Mission Australia explains, “The support we receive from companies like Bayer and their staff is absolutely invaluable to Mission Australia in continuing its work with Australians in need.”

 

For more information visit www.missionaustralia.com.au

The Kids’ Cancer Project

Bayer Australia is proud to support The Kids’ Cancer Project.

 

The Kids’ Cancer Project believes all kids with cancer matter and are dedicated to achieving one hundred percent survival for children with cancer while minimising or eradicating the harmful impact of treatment.

 

The Kids’ Cancer Project identifies and selects scientists and allocate community entrusted funds to research projects. They collaborate with clinicians, researchers, families, government and the community to raise awareness and funds to invest in childhood cancer research.

 

We’re inspired by children with cancer and their families and have taken a patient-family centric approach to tackling the issues they bravely face.

 

Our independence allows us to find and fund research that puts kids first and our Research Advisory Committee provides expertise in the selection of projects and our impact.

 

“We are very excited to have Bayer as a corporate partner and we look forward to working together to support cutting edge scientific research to give children with cancer a better life” said Col Reynolds, CEO of The Kids’ Cancer Project.

 

For more information visit www.thekidscancerproject.org.au

Heart of Australia

Bayer is proud to support Heart of Australia, an initiative providing front-line specialist medical services to regional, rural and remote area communities across Queensland, with a customised road train – a specialist medical clinic-on-wheels.

 

The Heart of Australia truck has travelled more than 72,000km in its first year on the road, covering an area of more than 450,000 square kilometres.

 

Heart of Australia is breaking the grip of distance that denies rural and remote-area Australians access to services when and where they are needed most.

 

For more information visit www.heartofaustralia.com

Aussie Helpers

Bayer is partnered with Aussie Helpers, a charity that works tirelessly to improve life for those “doing it tough” on the land.

 

Help comes in many forms from Aussie Helpers. They have around 40 volunteers who mainly work via the ever faithful "Bush Telegraph" to find farming families who are in desperate need of assistance. They deliver hampers of essential goods, provide informal counselling and help in whatever way they can whether it be delivering a truckload of hay to keep the starving stock alive or giving a Christmas present to a child whose family is already deep in debt trying to keep the farm going.

 

“Support from companies like Bayer is invaluable,” says Brian Egan, founder of Aussie Helpers.

 

The long-term partnership between Bayer and Aussie Helpers will see Bayer employees volunteering for Aussie Helpers during company time and fundraising. The partnership will also make use of Bayer products and networks in the rural sector.

 

For more information visit www.aussiehelpers.org.au

United Way New Zealand

United Way New Zealand is Bayer’s charity partner in New Zealand after Bayer signed up as a gold sponsor in July 2007.

 

United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. They aim to improve lives by mobilising the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

 

For more information visit www.unitedway.org.nz

Responding in times of need

As a citizen of the global community, Bayer seeks to assist those in need and lessen human suffering. The company donates a wide range of products in response to natural disasters, to assist charitable programs and in answer to individual needs.



Some examples of Bayer’s initiatives in this area include:

  • In 2011 in response to the natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand, Bayer provided financial aid and product donations of more than A$235,000 (NZ$320,000) and supported the donations by its local employees. Following the devastating earthquake in New Zealand, the Company provided NZ$140,000 to the Red Cross and donated medicine up to the value of NZ$20,000. Donations made by the employees in New Zealand and Australia to further help the disaster victims was matched. Bayer also provided immediate relief of more than A$100,000 for those affected by the devastating floods in Australia in January 2011. The Company also supported these donations by its local employees and matched the amount donated.
  • In 2009 Bayer provided financial aid of A$100,000 (NZ$119,700) to the Australian Red Cross to assist victims of the devastating bushfires in Victoria and the floods in Northern Queensland. Bayer employees also contributed to the cause, raising over $16,000 (NZ$19,000). In addition to this, Bayer coordinated blood donations at each major Bayer site and supplied health and animal products to the victims and volunteers.
  • The Australian Paralympic team received donations of energy supplement Berocca from Bayer to keep their energy levels high during the latest Paralympic Games.
  • Bayer’s Animal Health division assists numerous animal welfare charities in Australia and New Zealand by donating products, such as Advocate, Drontal, Advantix and Advantage, to protect cats and dogs against parasites, fleas and ticks.

Pharmaceuticals Sponsorships of HCO

Our partnerships with patient organisations

Bayer is committed to working in partnership with patient groups (often called Health Consumer Organisations or HCOs) with the goal of providing patients with disease related information to enhance quality use of medicines and to support better health outcomes for the Australian community.



When working with patient groups, Bayer follows the principles and guidelines of ‘Working Together: A Guide to relationships between Health Consumer Organisations and Pharmaceutical Companies’. This guide was developed through a collaborative partnership between Medicines Australia (the peak body representing the innovative pharmaceutical industry) and the Consumers Health Forum (the peak Australian body for HCOs).

Bayer Australia proudly supported the following Health Consumer Organisations in 2016

Organisation

 

Description of Support

Amount

 

The Kids Cancer Project

 

 

 

Corporate Sponsorship to support research into childhood cancers

 

$20,000

 

The Kids Cancer Project

 

Sponsorship to support guest speaker presentations at Bayer annual conference

 

 

$10,000

 

The Kids Cancer Project

 

 

Sponsorship to support Parliamentary event in Canberra to raise awareness of childhood

Cancers

 

 

$7,000

 

Macular Disease Foundation Australia

 

 

Sponsorship of patient support services including national telephone helpline, patient publications and website development

 

 

$115,000

 

Macular Disease Foundation Australia

 

 

Sponsorship of Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

 

$105,000

 

MS Research Australia

 

 

Sponsorship of “Red Lab Coat Day – Kiss Goodbye to MS”

 

 

$7,400

 

Stroke Foundation

 

 

Sponsorship of “My Stroke Journey” patient resource

 

 

$55,000

 

Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Australia

 

 

Sponsorship of “Patient Information and Education Session”

 

$3,000

 

Rare Cancers Australia

 

Sponsorship of “The Patient Voice” initiative which aims to increase patient engagement in HTA in Australia

 

$7,500

 

 

Rare Cancers Australia

 

Sponsorship of Rare Cancers Research Report Launch at Parliament House Canberra

 

$15,000

 

Rare Cancers Australia

 

Sponsorship of “Sick Or Treat” Annual Fundraising Dinner

 

$5000

 

Diabetes Australia

 

Sponsorship of “Diabetes Blindness Prevention dinner ” at Parliament House Canberra

 

$25,000

 

Hills Relay For Life

 

Fundraising dinner to support Cancer Council NSW

 

$2,500

 

Trish Foundation

 

Sponsorship of annual fundraising dinner to support MS Research

 

$4,300

 

Diabetes NSW

 

Sponsorship of annual fundraising dinner “Live your life Ball”

 

$2,500