At the recent Business for the Environment (B4E) Indonesia Summit, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kadin, announced the winners of the 2nd annual Sustainable Business Awards (SBA), recognizing best practices and leadership in sustainable business among Indonesian and multinational companies.
The Sustainable Business Awards is a global program established to increase awareness of corporate best-practice and demonstrate how sustainable business benefits companies, the environment and all stakeholders, today and for the future.
Monsanto Indonesia was awarded the Sustainable Business Award Indonesia 2013 (SBA) for “Corporate Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Community” at an award ceremony held in Jakarta recently.
Developed in partnership with KADIN, Berita Satu Media Group, Global Initiatives and PwC, the SBA methodology combines the best of sustainability benchmarking and awards processes globally to deliver green business growth.
Monsanto Indonesia was recognized for impact in three areas.
First, the Dekalb Learning Center helped some 5,000 farmers achieve an average yield increase of 22 percent and an average income increase of 13 percent. The centers were established in several regions across Indonesia and focused on helping farmers learn about both the latest agricultural technologies for corn and the best agronomic practices. Farmers were able to utilize technologies and practices appropriate for their local conditions.
Second, in the area of conservation, Monsanto helped introduced no-tillage methods to local farmers. These methods have numerous benefits, including reduced soil erosion, lower evaporation, improved soil structure, higher biological activity, more earthworms, reduced loss of phosphorus, lower labor needs per acre and overall higher efficiency of farm operations.
Another conservation program was an extensive energy and water reduction effort at the company’s Mojokerto facility in East Java, which has recorded significant reductions in the use of both water and energy over the past three years. (Read more in our Global CSR & Sustainability Report 2012.)
Third, since 2011 Monsanto Indonesia has been implementing a commitment to clean water for several communities. Working with Habitat for Humanity and Bina Swadaya Konsultan to improve health by improving these communities access to clean water supplies.