Monsanto Philippines employees recently spoke with 700 college students from the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), one of the top state universities in the Philippines. The seminar, “Monsanto & the Work that We Do,” focused on sustainability, food, partnerships and career building.
Members from the Monsanto Philippines Leadership Team talked with MMSU’s students and faculty members on the challenges and solutions to achieve global food and agriculture sustainability; the role of farmers, better seeds, plant biotechnology products and crop management practices to produce better food using fewer natural resources; the need for new partnerships especially public-private sector partnerships; and the purpose-filled personal development opportunities of working in a company like Monsanto.
The discussion was led by the Monsanto Philippines team of Cherie Ocampo, Human Resources, Gabby Romero, Regulatory Affairs, and Chat Ocampo, Corporate Engagement. The opics included:
- The global challenges facing agriculture;
- Monsanto’s vision for sustainability;
- The impact of products, technologies and farming practices;
- Collaborations such as that with the NGO Gawak Kalinga, with whom we partner to provide home-and-health relief to typhoon victims;
- The Monsanto Beachell- Borlaug International Scholarship Program, which has a Filipino scholar, Maria Fe Callingacion; and
- Insights on what it takes to succeed in one’s career.
Monsanto employees Erica Dinulos (Sales), Belle Delos Reyes (HR), and Jean Mea (Corporate Engagement) also talked with the students on their passion and fulfillment and the impact they are able to have working at Monsanto.
The MMSU faculty, students and staff asked questions ranging from sustainability and food and nutrition to collaboration, product safety, and the company’s recognition as a Great Place To Work®. The Monsanto team was welcomed by MMSU President Miriam Pascua, VP for Student Affairs Henedine Aguinaldo, and Dean Artemio Alcoy. President Pascua expressed appreciation for Monsanto’s efforts to improve agriculture in the Philippines and openness to engage in dialogue.
In Manila in June, Monsanto leadership participated in the Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture with environment and consumer organizations, farmer associations, industry and government.