By Bob Reiter
Global Supply Chain Lead
Monsanto works every day to provide a range of tools to help farmers grow more food, using fewer resources and having less impact on the environment. This work has resulted in recognition for Monsanto in three respected rankings of corporate sustainability. We also know that there is more work to be done.
This week, Monsanto was ranked No. 68 on the Newsweek Green Rankings of 500 U.S.-based publicly traded companies. This represents a substantial jump from Newsweek’s last ranking in 2012. Earlier this year, Monsanto ranked No. 37 on the Corporate Knights’ 2014 Global 100 Index of sustainable companies (No. 5 in the U.S., and No. 5 globally in the materials industry), and was recognized among CR Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”
These rankings are an important reflection of our ongoing efforts to use natural resources like fresh water, soil and nutrients more efficiently within our own operations, and to help farmers around the world do the same.
Monsanto delivers a range of tools to help farmers operate as efficiently as possible, from seeds that use water more efficiently to data analysis capabilities that help farmers apply water, nutrients and crop protections most effectively. We partner with a wide range of public and private organizations to help develop and share farming best practices.
In April, we announced two major environmental commitments: an initiative to increase irrigation water efficiency by 25 percent across our operations by 2020, and an effort to deliver new seeds and information technology to help farmers use soil and nutrients more efficiently across 1 million acres in the United States.
Just as important as these new commitments is Monsanto’s pledge to provide regular updates on our progress. We want to share details on our sustainability progress to make sure that farmers and consumers fully understand where we’re headed, and so we can share best practices and lessons learned with farmers and partners along the way.
Farmers face significant challenges in providing balanced meals for a growing population while also protecting natural resources. With continued advancements from Monsanto and others, we are optimistic that these challenges will be addressed. And we’re excited by the increasing interest in these agricultural efforts from experts who are focused on sustainability and the general public. We look forward to our continued collaborations to make farming more sustainable.