By Melissa Harper,
Vice President Global Talent Acquisition and Chief Diversity Officer
At Monsanto, we see the success of St. Louis as an important part of our company’s success.
Today Monsanto is a truly global business, with more than 400 facilities in nearly 60 countries on six continents. But our roots are right here in St. Louis. And for more than 5,400 of us, St. Louis isn’t just our headquarters – it’s our chosen hometown. Either we were born and raised here, or we came here from somewhere else – and now we can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Immigrants help keep a historic city like ours young at heart. They strengthen our local economy, enrich our communities, provide important new perspectives to our schools and businesses, and ensure that a city known as a “Gateway to the West” can also be a gateway to the future.
An inclusive community that welcomes immigrants isn’t just good for St. Louis – it’s good for Monsanto and the many other companies that call St. Louis home. A diverse and talented workforce, representative of the stakeholders, customers and communities we serve, is vital to Monsanto’s ability to help nourish our growing world.
That’s why I’m proud to serve on the St. Louis Mosaic Project Steering Committee and grateful that Monsanto has made a commitment to the important work this group does. Just this week we celebrated with Mosaic at its Partners for Prosperity celebration. Our own Mike Frank became the program’s 500th ambassador for helping our community be more welcoming and inclusive. Even more special is that Monsanto was named the first Mosaic ambassador company, nodding to the ways in which we welcome global talent to our fine city. We have a big job in helping promote the regional prosperity of St. Louis through immigration and innovation; but together we’ve made progress over the last few years.
On behalf of Monsanto, I want to thank all 500 Mosaic ambassadors for the important work they’re doing to help make St. Louis a stronger, more welcoming and more vibrant community for everyone.