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Championing Diversity in Agriculture

Monsanto Australia and New Zealand were proud to participate in the inaugural Women in Australian Agribusiness National Forum held in Melbourne. The event gathered agricultural leaders, agribusinesses, media and influencers from across the country to highlight the crucial role women play in Australian agriculture.

10.10.14 Women in Australian Ag ForumMonsanto’s ANZ Entomologist, Kristen Knight, represented the company at the forum and gave a well-received speech at the event highlighting her positive experience of diversity at Monsanto and the company’s approach to attracting and retaining women employees.

Kristen said that Monsanto’s commitment to equal opportunity is driven by a belief that diversity is more than a program or initiative – it is who we are and the way we do business.

The company has also joined two respected organisations dedicated to fostering diversity in Australian workplaces that will provide new forums in which we can collaborate with other advocates to encourage women into agriculture.

Monsanto’s ANZ Human Resources Lead, Julia Bailey, said that Monsanto’s commitment to diversity in the workplace underpins its drive to champion the role of women in Australian agriculture.

“With women making up half the company’s staff and its leadership team in Australia and New Zealand, Monsanto can lead by example and support the efforts of organisations such as Australian Women in Agriculture and the Diversity Council of Australia.

Diversity is a proven driver of business performance and is something we see in action throughout Monsanto globally every day. Women provide their knowledge, skills and passion to drive the success of our customers. We believe it is important to highlight the contribution women make to society through agriculture and to ensure their continued role in it.”

The agriculture sector makes a large contribution to the Australian economy and supports thousands of communities across the country. About 1.6 million Australians are employed across the entire agriculture supply chain which generates more than $150 billion in economic activity.

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