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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. As an inventor company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve the quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and acts as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. In fiscal 2013, the Group employed 113,200 people at year-end and had sales of €40.2 billion. In North America, Bayer had 2013 net sales of €9,680 million ($12,874 million) and employed 15,200 at year-end.

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As a science and research-based company, Bayer Corporation has a strong stake in helping to improve science education and to insure that all individuals are scientifically literate. Bayer demonstrates this commitment with its national award-winning Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) program, a companywide initiative which advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education.

MSMS is one of 300 corporate social responsibility programs Bayer supports globally. For more than a century, Bayer has been acting in the public interest, demonstrating a distinct kind of corporate citizenship that benefits humankind and society at large. MSMS has been honored with numerous awards, including two presidential accolades – The Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership and The President’s Service Award – and the National Science Board’s Public Service Award.

Nearly 50 years ago, MSMS was born when Bayer volunteers began helping teachers teach and students learn science the way scientists do – by doing it. Today, in Bayer site communities across the country, more than 1,000 volunteers work to foster science literacy and ignite student interest in science.

MSMS relies on a number of important national and local partnerships. Nationally, Bayer has forged relationships with the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Science Teachers Association, Change the Equation, American Association for the Advancement of Science and National Science Resources Center to change the way science is taught and learned in the classroom. Locally, Bayer is spearheading education reform with school districts, other businesses, government and education organizations. Together, these groups work to implement Standards-based inquiry-centered curricula and provide teachers with ongoing professional development in science content and pedagogy. Thus, MSMS not only helps educate the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, it equips all students with the skills acquired from a high quality, hands-on science education like critical thinking, creativity and adapting to change. Skills that in today’s scientific and technological world are essential to any career one chooses.

Bayer’s national science literacy campaign, led by astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison, features the MSMS Experiment Guides for parents and children; the MSMS Audio Series and Video Vignettes, featuring two-minute sound byte science classes about everyday science topics and, the Bayer Facts of Science Education surveys, which gauge public opinion on the- state of science education in the United States, as well as support for reform and public recognition of the roles that science and science literacy play in everyday life. In recent years, the surveys have also focused in on the issue of diversity and underrepresentation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Also, in order to further galvanize STEM industry involvement in education, Bayer has published and made widely available several resource guides, including:

  • Building a Diverse U.S. STEM Workforce: Perspectives on Creating Successful Business Education Partnerships;
  • Planting the Seeds for a Diverse U.S. STEM Pipeline: A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs;
  • STEM Education, Science Literacy and the Innovation Workforce in America: Analysis and Insights from the Bayer Facts of Science Education Surveys 1995 – 2013.
  • STEM Diversity and U.S. Higher Education: Recruiting, Retaining and Reinvigorating College STEM Programs

Collectively, these reports provide business leaders and others with information about best practice K-20 STEM education programs and practical advice for how they can support and/or replicate such programs nationally or in their local communities.

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Making Science Make Sense
The goal is to inspire the next generation of innovators and build a scientifically literate citizenry.

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