The 2014 Monsanto Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards ceremony on Friday honored the best of Monsanto employee efforts in sustainable agriculture.
With a global employee audience watching online and before a standing-room only crowd, the ceremony recognized winners in eight categories that highlight the positive impacts of Monsanto employees around the world.
“As I looked over the submissions for this year’s Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards, I was excited to see the impact our teams have around the world,” said Jesus Madrazo, Global Corporate Engagement Lead. “Whether we are helping bring clean drinking water to a village or collaborating with farmers and schools to bring science, math and technology into classrooms in rural communities, this year’s projects are great examples of our mission in action.”
Juan Ferreira, Marketing, TD, Crop Protection Lead, led the Sustainable Yield Pledge Awards program along with Chemical Analytics & Cell Biology Lead Jeff Seale.
From 130 nominations, winners were selected from among three finalists in each of six primary categories, plus a Judge’s Choice Award selected by a panel of external judges, and the People’s Choice Award, selected by an online vote of Monsanto employees.
The categories and their winners are:
- Produce More: One Ton More Per Hectare Yield Initiative Helps Increase Productivity
- Conserve More: Helping Re-Establish Underground Water Level in Ica
- Improving Lives: Improving Lives in India
- Customer Relations: Introducing the Roundup Ready PLUS® Platform
- Community Engagement: Engaging Communities to Keep Rural Schools Growing
- Operational Excellence: Introducing Intacta RR2 PRO™ Soybeans and Genuity® DroughtGard® Hybrids in China
- People’s Choice: Healthy Honey Bees-Linking Food Security and the Environment
- Judge’s Choice: Improving Lives in India
(Note: video links to all of the projects are not yet available.)
The award winners received a trophy and a $10,000 grant to donate to a non-profit organization of the team’s choosing. The People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice Award winners received an additional $5,000 to donate.
The People’s Choice winner, Healthy Honey Bees-Linking Food Security and the Environment, received the highest number of votes among the 18 finalists in an online vote of employees to earn the award.