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The Sustainability Consortium

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Established in 2009, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) was designed to develop science-based quantitative measurements for evaluating product sustainability throughout the entire product lifecycle across all relevant consumer goods sectors. 

Monsanto was among the founding members of this global initiative, playing a critical role in the early stages of the organization and collaborates in the development of a scientific framework for measuring and reporting on agricultural sustainability. TSC is an organization of diverse global participants working to make the world more sustainable through better products, services and consumption. 

The global organization describes its vision as “creating a common language to provide all decision makers with transparent and accessible information about the environmental and social impacts of the life cycle of products, goods and services.” TSC delivers results through science-based tools that improve informed decision making for product sustainability throughout product life cycles. 

TSC is developing a standardized framework for the communication of sustainability-related information throughout the product value chain. This framework, called the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System (SMRS), serves as a common global platform for companies to measure and report on product sustainability. With SMRS, companies can improve the quality of decision making about product sustainability, enabling them to design better products, more effectively manage the sustainability of upstream supplies and suppliers, and communicate product sustainability downstream to consumers. 

This article is excerpted from Monsanto’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. To see the full report, please visit Monsanto.com.

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