Bayer AG Overview
My current employer is Bayer Business Services. This is an operating service subgroup under holding company Bayer AG. Bayer AG looks after all Bayer’s separate operational and strategic managements. The group’s core businesses have been transformed into limited companies and are each controlled by Bayer AG. These companies are Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience, and Bayer MaterialScience and three service companies which are Bayer Technology Services, Bayer Business Services and Currenta. The company now has operations in over 55 countries across the world (Blake, 2013). Bayer AG holds a key position in four market sectors: healthcare (pharmaceuticals), agriculture (seeds and agro-chemicals), polymers (plastics, synthetic rubber, coatings) and chemicals (chemical raw materials and specialized chemicals) ("Bayer AG : Overview", n.d.).
As of December 31, 2013, Bayer AG had 113,200 employees worldwide. There were
53,600 employees in Europe, 15,200 in North America, 28,000 in Asia/Pacific, and 16,400 in
Latin America/Middle East/Africa ("Profile and Organization", 2013).
My specific role within Bayer Business Services is an IT Analyst for the eBusiness Solutions team. My team and I take care of hosting all internal and external websites for Bayer AG’s companies. We currently host over 1,000 websites. Some of these sites include aleve.com, petparents.com, and oneaday.com. We also manage over 200 Information Technology applications for Bayer AG’s companies.
Global Environment Observations
With Bayer AG being such a vast global organization, it both affects and is affected by the global environment. Bayer CropScience is a great example of this. Recently, BayerCropscience has been extremely involved in the global environment. The company has started to focus on small farmers in developing countries. Weather issues, some caused by negative global environment flows, plant diseases, weeds and harmful insects are threatening their existence. Today, small farmers account for more than 50 percent of the global harvest. If small farms were to fail, the global food supply would be severely affected. Experts have stated that in order to provide food for the growing world population, capacities have to be stepped up, especially in Africa and Asia ("Small Farms – Big Impact", n.d.) According to Dr. Martin Qaim, Professor of International Food Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen, Germany, about half of all people suffering from hunger on our planet are small farmers in developing countries. Another 20 percent work as day laborers in this sector, which unfortunately is still characterized by very under-developed methods in many regions. Investments in better technology, infrastructure, agricultural extension and market accessibility for small farmers not only boosts production, but it also key to fighting poverty and increasing food security by improving income and creating employment ("Small Farms – Big Impact",...