At a White House ceremony on Jan. 5, Bayer Corp. received the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership for itsMaking Science Make Sense®program, a company-wide initiative that advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based learning, employee volunteerism and public education. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez presided over the award ceremony. Bayer was one of three companies honored this year and is the first chemistry company to receive the award. The Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership recognizes the country's outstanding corporate citizens. It is the only presidential award to honor companies for the exemplary quality of their relationships with employees and communities. The award is given annually to companies that have demonstrated a deep commitment to initiatives that not only empower employees and communities, but also advance strategic business interests.

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