Assuring a safe place to work is a fundamental building block of our Pledge. The Monsanto Star program provides employees the opportunity to earn safety certifications for their site through strong programs and participation. Through recent challenging economic times, many governmental programs have been financially stressed for support, making it even more important to maintain a strong company focus on our internal safety programs.
The Monsanto Star Program has continued its success through employee education, commitment and management support. It provides both U.S. and international sites the opportunity to showcase their above and beyond compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program and other internationally recognized programs.
Our Star Program also helps drive continuous improvement, as re-certification is required on a multi-year basis. Monsanto sites must demonstrate their focus on improving practices and procedures. The updates of Job Safety Analyses, the participation in hazard recognition programs, and the conduct of safety observations are just a few of the programs under continuous review for improvement opportunities.
With more than 450 sites globally, Monsanto has an ongoing commitment to certify all attainable sites into the Star Program. Safety is a core value of Monsanto, and through participation in the Star Program, employees have the opportunity to come together for a very personal, common goal.
This article was excerpted from Monsanto’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. The full report is available on Monsanto.com.