Bayer AG is the parent corporation of the Bayer Group and functions as a management holding company. The principal management functions for the entire Group are performed by the Board of Management of Bayer AG. These include strategic planning, resource allocation, executive management and financial management. The performance of Bayer AG is largely determined by the business performance of the Bayer Group.
The financial statements of Bayer AG were prepared in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB) and Stock Corporation Act (AktG). The provisions of the German Accounting Law Modernization Act (BilMoG), which came into force in 2009, were applied as in the previous year.