Protesting Bayer/Monsanto

Bayer is a chemical and pharmaceutical company that was founded in 1863. Recently it expanded into agricultural products via the acquisition of Monsanto. One of the first controversial products made by Bayer was heroin (named and trademarked in 1898). Monsanto's list of controversial products include Agent Orange, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), genetically-modified crop seeds, and Roundup (the trade name of a toxic glyphosate-based weedkiller. It is in the process of paying out billions of dollars to convince some 100,000 people to drop lawsuits over Roundup use.


pharmaceuticals, veterinary drugs, diagnostic imaging, general and specialty medicines, women's health products, over-the-counter drugs, pesticides, seeds, plant biotechnology. (Former products: diabetes care)


Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
government-contracting-related offenses$365,800,0007
environment-related offenses$178,832,41359
competition-related offenses$105,700,0007
financial offenses$80,000,0001
safety-related offenses$48,992,97950

(April 6, 2021)

Number of Records
Total Penalties
$794,315,508 (April 6, 2021)
Individual Records & Summaries
Click here for details of Bayer's violations.
Information in this section is drawn from the Violation Tracker database produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in Washington DC. It is the most comprehensive source of data on business violations of laws and regulations in the United States. For specific examples of misconduct, please click on the links.


Article Archive

'Badly Broken' Bayer postpones split to improve performance

Published by
Eleanor Butler

The German pharmaceutical group sees annual sales drop as its CEO admits the firm has four challenges that "urgently must be addressed".

Bayer's annual financial report, released on Tuesday, showed that annual sales came in at €47.6 billion, down 6% compared to 2022.

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Why are MS drugs so expensive?

Published by
The Pharma Letter
David Levine

In August, Representatives Elijah Cummings, a Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Peter Welch, a senior Democrat on both the Oversight Committee and the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 

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U.S. judge rejects $648 million Bayer PCB contamination settlement

Published by
Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) - A federal judge has rejected Bayer AG’s proposed $648 million settlement of class-action litigation by cities and other claimants over contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, made by the former Monsanto Co.

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Bayer could be close to Roundup settlement, mediator says

Published by
Reuters Staff

By Reuters Staff

2 Min Read


FILE PHOTO: Logo and flags of Bayer AG are pictured outside a plant of the German pharmaceutical and chemical maker in Wuppertal, Germany August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay


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Videos & Podcasts
Bayer and the Bees, Documentary
Monsanto Paper: Roundup and the Canadian Connection
Activists stage ‘die-in’ protest at Bayer HQ to decry the impact of its product
 Protesting the Bayer-Monsanto Merger


  • A Growing Concern: Protecting the Food Supply in an Era of Pharmaceutical and Industrial Crops (Union of Concerned Scientists, December, 2004).
  • Application of Biotechnology for Functional Foods (Pew Initiative on Food & Biotechnology, May 2007).
  • Child Bondage Continues in Indian Cotton Supply Chain by Dr. Davuluri Venkateswarlu (India Committee of the Netherlands, September 2007).
  • Dirty Profits 2: Report on Companies and Financial Institutions Benefiting from Violations of Human Rights (Facing Finance, 2013).
  • Eating in the Dark: America's Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food by Kathleen Hart (Pantheon, 2002).
  • Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops (Union of Concerned Scientists, March 2009).
  • Faith, Hope and $5,000: The Story of Monsanto—The Trials and Triumphs of the First 75 Years by Dan J. Forrestal (Simon & Schuster, 1977).
  • Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest by Peter Pringle (Simon & Schuster, 2003).
  • Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States (National Research Council, April 2010).
  • Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years (The Organic Center, November 2009).
  • Monsanto: A Corporate Profile (Food & Water Europe, April 2013)
  • Monsanto vs. the World: The Monsanto Protection Act, GMOs and our Genetically Modified Future by Jason Louv (Ultraculture Press, 2013).
  • Raising Risk: Field Testing of Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States (U.S. PIRG Education Fund, April 2005).
  • Seeds of Change: Impact of Interventions by Bayer and Monsanto on the Elimination of Child Labour on Farms Producing Hybrid Cottonseed in India by Davuluri Venkateswarlu (OECD Watch et al., June 2007).
  • Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Food You’re Eating by Jeffrey M. Smith (Yes! Books, 2003).
  • Selling Suicide: Farming, False Promises and Genetic Engineering in Developing Countries by Andrew Simms and Angela Burton (Christian Aid, 1999).
  • Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply by Vandana Shiva (South End Press, 2000).
  • The Children Behind Our Cotton (Environmental Justice Foundation, December 2007).
  • The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World’s Food Supply by Marie-Monique Robin (New Press, 2010).
  • Wages of Inequality: Wage Discrimination and Underpayment in Hybrid Seed Production in India by Davuluri Venkateswarlu and Jacob Kalle (Fair Labor Association and India Committee of the Netherlands, December 2012).
  • The Fight Against Monsanto's Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides by Mitchel Cohen (Skyhorse, January 2019).


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Activists back French-Vietnamese woman's Agent Orange case

The Associated Press | January 30, 2021

Activists have gathered in Paris to support people exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, after a French court examined the case of a French-Vietnamese woman who sued 14 companies that produced and sold the powerful defoliant.

Bayer shareholder meeting draws protests, pleas from cancer patients

Cary Gillam | USRTK | May 1st, 2020

The Bayer AG annual shareholders’ meeting got underway Tuesday in Germany, drawing the attention of not only investors and analysts but also activists, lawyers and cancer patients who want to see Bayer make amends for alleged misdeeds by Monsanto, which Bayer bought two years ago.

Activists protest outside French Monsanto factory ahead of G7

euro news | July 23, 2019

French activists brought in dirt, hay and plants to create a makeshift vegetable patch as they protested in front of a Monsanto factory on the eve of the Biarritz G7 summit.

Thousands gather in France, worldwide for annual march against Monsanto

Aude Mazoue | France 24 | May 19, 2019

Since 2013, environmental activists and other protesters have organised the annual March Against Monsanto in cities in France and across the world, demanding an agriculture free of pesticides and toxic agrochemicals.

Activists have spray-painted the headquarters of Bayer AG to protest its production of pesticides.

Manufacturing Business Technology | March 14, 2019

French activists have spray-painted the Paris headquarters of Bayer AG and plastered it with signs to protest its production of environment-damaging pesticides.

Bayer pharma workers protest 12,000 worldwide job losses

Deutsche Welle | March 12, 2018

Despite a pledge not to have lay-offs until 2025, a "significant number" of the job cuts at Bayer will be in Germany. More than 1,000 employees in the western city of Wuppertal came out to protest a plant closure.

Thousands protest against seed giant Monsanto ahead of Bayer merger

Slata Rodionova | The Independent | May 23, 2016

Furious environmentalists have taken to streets around the world to protest against seed giant Monsanto at the same time as the company is facing a $62 billion takeover by Bayer, the German drugs giant.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Bayer Settles More Roundup Suits

Jamie Dickerman | News Dakota | April 13, 2022

Bayer has reached another settlement to resolve a collection of claims that its weedkiller Roundup caused cancer, thus avoiding a trial that was set to start next week in St. Louis.

Revealed: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban

Carey Gillam | The Guardian | February 16, 2021

Internal government emails reveal Monsanto owner Bayer AG and industry lobbyist CropLife America have been working closely with US officials to pressure Mexico into abandoning its intended ban on glyphosate, a pesticide linked to cancer that is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkillers.

Essure: Women in England take legal action against sterilising-device maker

Sophie Hutchinson | BBC News | November 15, 2020

Lawyers have begun legal action on behalf of 200 UK women against the makers of a sterilisation device, after claims of illness and pain.

Under Fire From Judge, Bayer Settles Thousands More Roundup Lawsuits

Amanda Bronstad | | September 17, 2020

In a filing Thursday, Bayer's lawyers said they had settled thousands of lawsuits over Monsanto’s Roundup after a federal judge raised questions about a $10.9 billion deal that failed to resolve all the litigation.

Bayer Agrees to Pay $39.5 Million in Class Action Lawsuit Over Misleading Roundup Claims

Faith Anderson | Consumer Justice Foundation | April 1, 2020

Bayer AG has agreed to pay $39.5 million to resolve allegations that its Monsanto subsidiary made false and misleading claims in advertisements about Roundup and the potential health risks the controversial weed killer may pose for humans and animals.

Revealed: The pesticide giants making billions on toxic and bee-harming chemicals

Crispin Dowler | Unearthed | February 20, 2020

The world’s five biggest pesticide manufacturers are making more than a third of their income from leading products selling chemicals that pose serious hazards to human health and the environment, a joint investigation by Unearthed and Public Eye has found.  

Bayer apologizes over secret list of Monsanto critics

Deutsche Welle | December 5, 2019

The German chemicals giant has promised a probe into allegations it created a list of 200 French journalists and lawmakers who were critical of its US subsidiary. France wants to know if the data was collected illegally.

California jury hits Bayer with $2 billion award in Roundup cancer trial

Tina Bellon | Reuters | May 13, 2019

A California jury on Monday awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who claimed Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, in the largest U.S. jury verdict to date against the company in litigation over the chemical.

Bloomberg: Bayer to pay $110 million to get out from under 500 Yaz lawsuits

Eric Palmer | Bloomberg | April 13, 2012

Three months of negotiations have apparently resulted in Bayer ($BAYN) deciding that claims against its Yasmin line of birth control are worth about $220,000 each.

Bayer Admits It Paid "Millions" in HIV Infection Cases -- Just Not in English

Jim Edwards | CBS News | June 6, 2011

To read the English-speaking media, you'd never know that Bayer just paid "tens of millions" of dollars to end a three-decade long scandal in which the company sold HIV-contaminated blood products to haemophiliacs, thousands of whom later died of AIDS.

Bayer CropScience to pay more than $1 million to settle federal charges

George Hohmann | Times West Virginian | September 15, 2008

Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle federal charges that the Institute site's previous owner, Aventis CropScience, from 1999 to 2001 kept shoddy records, exceeded its discharge permit limits for numerous hazardous chemicals and failed to properly notify authorities of discharge excesses.

Yes, Bayer Promoted Heroin for Children -- Here Are The Ads That Prove It

Jim Edwards | Business Insider | November 17, 2011

It's not news that Bayer, the venerable German drug company, made its first fortunes in the late 1890s when it commercialized both aspirin and heroin as cough, cold and pain remedies.

Employment Practices
& Relations
You should know that, among others, Bayer bought prisoners in WWII in order to experiment on them

Mihay Andrai | ZME Science | March 19, 2019

You’ve heard about Bayer, right? They’re one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, most famous for inventing aspirin.

Bayer Stored Bhopal Disaster Chemical in Faulty Tanks

Jim Edwards | CBS News | January 12, 2010

Bayer (BAY.DE) is storing 90 tonnes of methyl isocyanate -- the chemical that killed thousands in the 1984 Union carbide disaster at Bhopal -- in a storage tank in Institute, W.V., that has failed safety inspections.


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Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 3, 51373 Leverkusen, Germany
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$48.770 billion (2019) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$4.582 billion (2019) | source
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Political Influence Profile of Bayer AG

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Tax Havens
& Evasion
Harmful tax competition - How Bayer rigs corporate taxation in Europe

Christoph Trautvetter & Steffen Redeker | GREENS/EFA GROUP | February 26, 2021

A growing number of case studies, court cases as well as the emerging analysis of country-by-country
reports show: multinational corporations across many industries and countries use accounting tricks to
shift their profits to corporate tax havens.

BAYER appearing poor to tax authorities - Appropriate Taxes for Multinationals!

Coalition Against Bayer Dangers | January 29, 2015

The chemical and pharmaceutical company BAYER has systematically moved profits to low-tax countries. The corporation thereby reduces its tax burden at the expense of taxpayers in Germany, the United States or France.

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