Bayer Inc. On Top Again!



    
    Maclean's Magazine Selects Bayer Inc. as One of Canada's Best Employers
    for 2009
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Bayer Inc. announced today that it was selected
as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2009 by Maclean's Magazine. Bayer
Inc. was also recognized as a Top 100 Employer in 2008, making this the second
consecutive win for the organization.
    "It is an incredible honour to be acknowledged for the second consecutive
year as one of Canada's leading employers," said Philip Blake, President &
CEO, Bayer Inc. "We continually strive to improve facilities, programs and
processes to keep employees engaged, happy and motivated. These awards belong
to each and every Bayer employee, and are a true testament to our 'Love
Winning' spirit."
    To develop this year's Top 100 list, Mediacorp Canada's Editorial Board
examined the recruitment history of over 75,000 employers across Canada and
invited roughly one-third to apply for the designation. "The common thread
that runs through this list is that each employer is a leader in its
respective industry," said Anthony Meehan, publisher of Mediacorp.
    Bayer's submission to Maclean's highlighted several initiatives that
differentiate Bayer and demonstrate the organization's commitment to its
employees.

    Hello Bayer

    Hello Bayer is Bayer Inc.'s orientation program, uniquely designed to
help new employees familiarize themselves with Bayer as a company - the
workplace, the people and the culture - before they start their new job.
Realizing that everyone plays a role in one another's success, this onboarding
program encourages new employees to adopt the tools and practices of their
coworkers and benefit from Bayer's culture of collaboration and support.

    Life At Work

    The Life At Work program was specifically designed to meet the social,
environmental and physical needs of Bayer employees. The program includes a
newly renovated fitness centre offering free fitness classes and an onsite
registered massage therapist, healthy cafeteria menu items, a multi-purpose
court, putting green and driving range, a quiet room with a fireplace and a
lounge complete with foosball, billiards, a large flat screen television and a
Nintendo Wii gaming system. Bayer believes that a healthy and balanced life at
work increases employee productivity and success.

    Corporate Responsibility

    Bayer has supported the United Way for over 12 years, through pledge
weeks, car washes and charity golf tournaments. Bayer is in the top 10 per
cent of companies who have helped their community through the United Way. Over
the past year, Bayer formed a new partnership with a local school, North
Kipling Junior Middle School (NKJMS), located in a high need area of Toronto.
Employees can volunteer at the Breakfast Club, which provides a hot,
nutritionally balanced breakfast to over 100 children every morning, the
Homework Club, an after school one-on-one mentoring program and through field
trips and other school events. The partnership offers employees opportunities
to enrich the community beyond financial donations, in an atmosphere that
shares Bayer's values.
    Employees are also provided with up to two days or 16 hours per year to
volunteer for charitable causes they personally support outside of Bayer's
community partnerships and corporate matching program.

    About Bayer Inc.

    Bayer Inc. (Bayer) is a Canadian subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international
research-based group with core businesses in health care, crop science and
innovative materials. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Bayer Inc. operates
the Bayer Group's HealthCare and MaterialScience businesses in Canada. Bayer
CropScience Inc., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta operates as a separate
legal entity in Canada. Together, the companies play a vital role in improving
the quality of life for Canadians - producing products that fight diseases,
protecting crops and animals, and developing high-performance materials for
applications in numerous areas of daily life. Canadian Bayer facilities
include the Toronto headquarters and offices in Montréal and Calgary. Bayer
Inc. has approximately 1,000 employees across Canada and had sales of over
$986 million CDN in 2007. Globally, the Bayer Group had sales of over
32 billion Euro in 2007. Bayer Inc. invested approximately $45 million CDN in
research and development in 2007. Worldwide, the Bayer Group spends the
equivalent of over 2.5 billion Euro in 2007 in R&D. For more information about
Bayer Inc., please visit www.bayer.ca.

    This news release contains forward-looking statements based on current
assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group management. Various known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material
differences between the actual future results, financial situation,
development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These
factors include those discussed in our public reports filed with the Frankfurt
Stock Exchange and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (including
our Form 20-F). The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these
forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or
developments.





For further information:

For further information: Tiana DiMichele, Business Communications
Specialist, Bayer Inc., (416) 240-5240, tiana.dimichele.b@bayer.com


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