Update June 3, 2019:
When will stakeholders be informed?
Notifications have commenced end of May.
How many stakeholders are on these lists?
As part of its comprehensive investigation, Sidley Austin will analyze this question.
Which kind of stakeholders are on these lists?
This question is also part of Sidley Austin's investigation, but as stated in the press call with Matthias Berninger on May 13, 2019, the lists primarily include journalists, politicians and other interest groups.
When will the investigation be completed?
It is too early to determine. Sidley Austin is conducting an independent and thorough investigation based on all facts identified.
What happens next with FleishmanHillard?
Bayer is working with the FleishmanHillard agency at various points. Once the stakeholder lists became known, Bayer immediately suspended this collaboration. In the meantime we have decided together with the agency to end the collaboration in the areas of Communication and Public Affairs for the time being. For all ongoing activities, Bayer is examining the contractual options for a possible exit as soon as possible. Marketing projects are excluded from this decision.