Bayer Employees Donate Honey Bee Hives for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
By: Sarah Gudger, Crop Science, a Division of Bayer, Corporate Communications Intern
Honey bees surround a honeycomb

Jennifer Riggs challenged her coworkers this holiday to donate honey bee hives to underdeveloped countries. The hives are given to families in need through Heifer International, a nonprofit dedicated to helping communities by bringing them sustainable agriculture and commerce. At least ten of her SeedGrowth coworkers committed to Heifer along with other employees who joined as word spreads.


It all started a few years ago when she chose a Christmas gift alternative for her team. Instead of giving her team gifts they did not need, she donated to various charities once a month that the team chose around Christmas. It was during this process that Riggs, SeedGrowth Product Development Manager, learned about Heifer. Although Riggs has a different role now, she continues to donate to various charities every month. For the past several years, Jennifer has committed the month of November to Heifer, just in time for the holidays.


Traditionally, Riggs donated rabbits to families, but Bayer’s Bee Care initiative inspired her to provide something else. “I thought it was a good idea to donate honeybees,” Riggs explained, “because of our initiative with bees and how beneficial they are to the environment”. She hoped that challenging her coworkers to join the cause would help build relationships within SeedGrowth.


Just one honeybee hive may change a community forever. Heifer uses each animal as a dual source for food and income.  The various animals can provide food which can be eaten at home and sold or traded. As the animals reproduce, they are given to other members of the community to share the wealth.


Bayer is committed to bees because of their crucial role in producing the food we eat. Heifer is also aware of how helpful bees are. The honey bee hives provided by Jennifer Riggs and her coworkers will feed impoverished families and help plants grow.


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