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In April 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the Bayer AG company profile on the Open Secret’s website, www.opensecrets.org.

Bayer and its employees gave $1,076,031 in political donations in 2018, with 59% going to Republicans. It also spent a whopping $13,430,000 on lobbying. It was thus marked down in the political activities category.

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Open Secrets generic ref 2019 (2 January 2019)

In April 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed its list of the members of corporate lobby groups that it considered to exert under corporate influence on policy-makers in favour of market solutions that were potentially detrimental to the environment and human rights, updated in February 2019 from the websites of the groups concerned.

Bayer was listed as a member of the following groups:

The Business Roundtable
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
World Economic Forum
Institute of International Finance
American Legislative Exchange Council

It was thus marked down in the political activities category.

Reference:

Ethical Consumer Lobby Group member list (7 February 2019)

In April 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the compensation report in Bayer’s 2018 Annual Report. Several senior staff were listed as earning over £1 million, the amount that Ethical Consumer considered excessive. The highest paid received 5,304,000 Euros.

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Bayer website (29 May 2019)

In April 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed Monsanto's form DEF 14a. It stated that the highest paid member of staff in 2018 was paid $ 1,501,058. Ethical Consumer viewed payment of over £1 million as excessive.

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Form DEF 14a (30 April 2019)

In April 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the Bayer family tree on the corporate information website Hoovers.com.

A number of high risk subsidiaries were based in jurisdictions considered by Ethical Consumer to be tax havens at the time of writing. Subsidiaries included:

Holding company: Bayer (Schweiz) AG based in Switzerland.
Holding company: Bayer Consumer Care based in Switzerland

Bayers' latest annual report was checked but it contained no country-by-country tax reporting.

As Bayer had more than two high risk company types (holding companies) based in tax havens at the time of writing, it received Ethical Consumer’s worst rating for the likely use of tax avoidance strategies.

Reference:

Generic Hoovers ref 2019 (2 January 2019)