Today, Monsanto is publishing the company’s “2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report.” Inside the company, we call it the “CSR report” or the “sustainability report,” and it describes what the company is doing across a number of important areas. This year, the report also contains information regarding the indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Some highlights of the report (available in downloadable pdf format) include:
• Update on the Water Efficient Maize for Africa project.
• Stewardship protocols for Life Cycle Analysis for our products.
• Progress under the U.N. Global Compact, in the areas of human rights, labor standards, environment, and anti-corruption.
• Progress in the company’s commitments to sustainable agriculture.
• Monsanto’s consideration of the diversity of thought on labeling of GM food, with a statement by both a Monsanto senior executive and an employee who considers labeling from the perspective of a mother.
• The GRI index information (p.89)
We’ve published this report for several years now, and what is always striking about it is the involvement of Monsanto employees around the world. Monsanto people are seriously engaged in global issues ranging from hunger and nutrition to human rights, increasing the food supply, and reducing agriculture’s dependence on water, to mention only a few.
And these efforts aren’t simply “nice things to do in your spare time,” but integral parts of people’s jobs. For some of us, it’s a project you’re involved in. For others, it’s a considerable part of your work. And for still others, it’s a full-time job.
But the important thing is the work is getting done, because Monsanto people are committed to getting it done.