By Nick, Corporate Engagement
Working at Monsanto, every day we are presented with a new project, new opportunity or new challenge. As we’re bogged down in the daily grind of work, we tend to forget what our colleagues from all over the world have accomplished. As the calendar turned to December and as we begin to wrap up projects and look to the important work ahead in 2016, we thought we’d take some advice from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So, here are some highlights of the work that Monsanto is most proud in 2015.
Just this week, in the effort to help fight climate change, Monsanto announced it will make its operations carbon neutral by 2021. This is a really big deal, as climate change is one of the biggest issues agriculture faces around the world. We’re starting by doing our part in our business, and we know that farmers will be part of the solution. This announcement builds on our pledge in October to join 80 businesses in the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge.
Throughout the year, our company has made concerted efforts to reach more audiences. Traditionally, we’ve been focused on farmers and investors. That’s not enough. We realize more people are interested in where and how their food is produced and by whom—and
that’s great. As a seed company, we know we are part of the food chain, the connection for farmers who grow our food. So, late last year, we launched a new website, discover.monsanto.com, to tell more consumers who we are and what we do, and also give them the opportunity to ask us questions. We always invite a good discussion, so please visit the Conversation if you want to ask a question.
Our business isn’t successful without our customers: farmers. Our teams work hard to earn their business each planting season. We do so by bringing innovative product offerings, such as next-generation soybeans (Intacta RR2 PRO) for Brazilian farmers, which are helping them minimize pesticide applications. For our U.S. customers, we’ve expanded our Climate Corporation product line, helping farmers use tools to help them make better decisions on their farms.
In March, we committed to support monarch research, education and habitat restoration, with a commitment of $4 million over the next three years. We know it takes more than money to make inroads, so we have several Monsanto scientists collaborating with monarch experts to help.
We also planted milkweed on our St. Louis campuses and watched the Monarch migration this year.
As an agriculture company, we are rooted in science. We think it’s extremely important to encourage young people to participate in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In April, we announced a 3-year, $600,000 commitment to sponsor the FIRST Championship, a robotic design competition for students. In addition, we have several women scientists at Monsanto working on increasing the interest of young women in the fields of STEM.
As so many of us here at Monsanto can attest to, our company continues its deep commitment to diversity, inclusion and human rights. In fact, this year Monsanto Signed on to Human Rights Campaign Equality Pledge to strengthen support for diversity and inclusion for all, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States. We know about Monsanto’s incredible record in this space, but it’s great to see Monsanto recognized thr
oughout the year by third-party organizations as a great place to work around the world. In total, we received 44 employer-of-choice awards, with five of those related to minorities or diversity. Here are a few:
- Great Place to Work World’s Best Multinational Workplaces (No. 9)
- 50 Best Workplace for Diversity by Great Place to Work® ( 30)
- Top Employer by Science Magazine (No. 9)
- Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption list of Best Adoption-Friendly workplaces (No. 18)
- 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity (No. 43)
- Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT (No. 24)
- Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List
- Named by Fortune as One of the World’s Most Admired Companies
- Received 100% on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. For the fifth consecutive year
- Victory Media’s Military Friendly® Employers
- 2015 CIO Awards by CIO Magazine
Like many companies, Monsanto donates time, money and effort to support local causes. Here are a few to note:
- Pledged $150,000 to relief efforts in Nepal after the country’s May earthquake.
- Donates Land to National Park Service to Preserve Honouliuli Internment Camp
- Named one of Hawaii’s most charitable companies
- Sponsors “American Enterprise” Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
- We still have 28 days left in 2015, but I’ll mention that in 2014, our employees volunteered more than 100,000 hours. I’m confident we’ll hit that number again!
2015 has been an important year for Monsanto, and we surely missed a few milestones from our colleagues around the world. We can only hope our 2016 is as exciting and full of accomplishments as 2015!