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Bayer Pledges $2 Million to Hurricaine Katrina Relief Effort

Published 08-31-05

Submitted by Bayer

PITTSBURGH - Bayer Corporation today announced that, together with the Bayer Foundation, it has committed $2 million in cash and product donations to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

The Bayer Foundation will match Bayer employee donations dollar for dollar, which will then be donated to the American Red Cross.

"We at Bayer are deeply moved by the news reports following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. To help in the relief efforts, Bayer is actively coordinating employee donations, and collecting and shipping key products and other critical material to where it is needed," said Dr. Attila Molnar, Bayer Corporation president and CEO.

Bayer has received no reports to date of any impact on its employees or facilities. The company does not have major facilities in the region directly affected by the hurricane.

Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is part of the worldwide Bayer Group, an international health care, nutrition and innovative materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In North America, as of April 2005, Bayer employed about 16,000 and had net sales in 2004 of 8.3 billion euros. Bayer's three operating companies - Bayer HealthCare LLC, Bayer CropScience LP and Bayer MaterialScience LLC -- improve people's lives through a broad range of essential products that help diagnose and treat diseases, protect crops and advance automobile safety and durability.

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