Growing Better Together
This year, global warming reached an all-time high as the year 2016 recorded the highest temperatures in all of human meteorological history. As we race ahead to become a technologically developed world, many of us may have forgotten to care for the little blue planet we call our home. The need for sustainable development is greater now than ever before and we’re doing all we can to ensure the welfare of our future generations.
For us, sustainable practices hinge on three key pillars: People, Planet and Company. Let us take you through some of our efforts towards building a brighter future for all of mankind.
Through our initiatives, we foster collaboration between farmers and society to enable the growth of India as a sustainable nation. In our primarily agrarian rural society, we empower smallholder farmers in India through a free mobile platform called Monsanto Farm AgVisory Services – now renamed to FarmRise. For this, we combine agronomic knowledge and mobile technology to bring free, relevant information and advice directly to farmers in the field to help them make decisions for a successful harvest.
Safety of mankind is also of utmost importance in building a secure future for humanity, which is why we direct our efforts to sharing important safety messages with the people of our country. Our Health and Safety teams used our Facebook page to spread awareness around rural drinking water infrastructure, rural sanitation improvements, vehicle safety awareness and anti-child-labour initiatives.
Speaking of child labour, our Child Care Program (CCP) Steering Committee oversees efforts to monitor our business partners’ fields in the country. This helps us remove any child labourers younger than the legal age limit of 14 and encourage parents to enrol these children in school instead. The result? In 2016, none of our business partners’ fields in corn production across India had children working in them.
The report of 2016 being the hottest year has only fuelled our drive to become a carbon neutral company by 2021. At Monsanto, we’re aggressively working to improve the Green House Gas (GHG) intensity of our crop protection business, which is the largest contributor to our carbon footprint.
We’re also investing in technologies at our facilities and sites around the world in order to use energy more efficiently and access cleaner energy sources. Combining this with the development of specific sustainable farm practices, we now also have the potential to reduce millions of tonnes of Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere.
Along with promoting sustainable practices such as drip irrigation to conserve fresh water, we are moving certain research activities from the field into state-of-the art greenhouses, which enables us to capture and reuse the water used in irrigating research crops. When it comes to saving the planet, every drop counts.
It would mean little if we couldn’t practice what we preach. Hence, we are placing high ethical standards, effective corporate governance, responsible product stewardship and transparent reporting at the centre of the way we operate our global business.
Our commitment to sustainability starts at the very top with the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee of our board of directors. They review the company’s sustainability goals, reporting, and meet periodically with stakeholders to ensure we’re on the right path. It’s no wonder that The Center for Political Accountability ranked Monsanto as a tier one company out of 500 companies included on the CPAZicklin Index.
To sum up, we’re taking the future of mankind and our planet very seriously. Take a look at our complete Sustainability report for 2016 here:
If you have any queries, feel free to drop them by at Discover Monsanto – Conversations. We do our best to answer all the queries we get. After all, building a brighter future means working together to build a sustainable present. As our CEO, Hugh Grant words it: