By Steven Mizell
Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Monsanto
As a global company with more than 20,000 employees located all over the world, diversity is more than a value to which we ascribe. It’s the way we do business and a core part of what we are as an organization.
Our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture starts with our industry and the challenges we are working to solve. Agriculture is a global endeavor, critical to each and every one of us, from all walks of life. We need to understand and appreciate the needs of our customers and others around the world. And we need diverse perspectives, ideas and thoughts to ensure we are successful in our work.
That’s why I’m tremendously pleased about Monsanto’s latest accomplishment – being named, for the eighth year in a row, to DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. The list recognizes companies that “walk the walk” when it comes to ensuring diversity is central to the workplace.
In my 10-plus years at Monsanto, I’ve witnessed our inclusive culture firsthand. It starts at the top with our senior leaders. The Monsanto Diversity and Inclusion Council, which consists of senior-level management from all functions, works to ensure accountability for inclusion across people, business and customer platforms, including recruiting, engagement, development, promotions, retention and culture.
Additionally, our employee-organized and led business resource networks – organized around shared interests, including ethnicities, gender, veteran status, generations, differing abilities and sexual orientation – provide networking and learning opportunities for individuals with diverse backgrounds. To help ensure these groups have direct connection to affect business outcomes, each of them has a member of our executive team as a sponsor. And these networks were recently extended across the globe to help connect our employees further.
As I look to the future and the changing landscape of our country and the world at large, I’m confident that Monsanto will continue to provide its employees with an inclusive culture where our people can bring their whole selves to work. And honors such as the DiversityInc recognition are very motivating, and will challenge us to continue our longstanding record of inclusiveness.