At Monsanto, diversity is not a program or initiative; it’s the way we do business and one of the keys to our success. To sustain and grow our business across all world areas, we require diverse business perspectives and the flexibility to work with a variety of people wherever we conduct business. Our work must reflect and respect the cultures, ideas and interests of all the consumers we serve and the communities we touch.
Monsanto's commitment to diversity is reflected prominently in two key components of Our Pledge:
Dialogue: We will listen carefully to diverse points of view and engage in thoughtful dialogue to broaden our understanding of issues in order to better address the needs and concerns of society and each other.
Respect: We will respect the religious, cultural and ethical concerns of people throughout the world
Our commitment to diversity also results in programs aimed at external audiences, such as supplier diversity, scholarships, university partnerships, and other key relationships with organizations such as the Consortium, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Urban League, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Insight St. Louis, and Missouri Business Leadership Network (MOBLN).
With more than 20,000 employees across the globe, our people are the link between the workplace and the marketplace. We search for the brightest talent, regardless of geography, gender, skin color, age or disability. To be successful at Monsanto, you are encouraged to build networks and relationships across every level of the company and across all geographies.
Recognizing that different members of the company have broad and varied needs, Monsanto supports a variety of employee-organized and led diversity networks -- African American; Asian; Hispanic; Women; Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered; Families; Veterans; and Differently Abled.
The networks’ mission is to further the professional development of their members so that they can make their fullest contribution to the achievement of our corporate goals and objectives. To help facilitate this and create dialogue between employees and senior management, all the networking groups have an Executive Team member as a sponsor.
Another key driver for diversity is the commitment of our senior leadership, from our CEO to the Executive Team and their direct reports. Thru the Monsanto Diversity Council, comprised of senior leaders from all functions, Monsanto develops more leaders to shape our culture of inclusion, and encourage the mentoring and recruiting of diversity champions at every level.
Our success depends on our strong ongoing efforts to attract, retain and develop talented employees with broad experiences and backgrounds that bring new and innovative ideas and viewpoints to our organization.