The Monsanto Human Rights Policy, adopted in April 2006, is an important manifestation of the company’s values as described in the Monsanto Pledge. The policy is a mechanism by which we will hold ourselves accountable and demonstrate our commitment to human rights as we conduct our business globally. Monsanto will work to identify and do business with partners who aspire in the conduct of their businesses to ethical standards that are consistent with this policy.
Our Human Rights Policy is guided by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which provides the most widely recognised definition of human rights, and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Monsanto’s policy addresses circumstances unique to farming and the agricultural industry, including seasonal production.
Monsanto’s Human Rights Policy identifies nine elements on which Monsanto will focus its human rights efforts. These nine elements, as included in the Human Rights Employee Guidebook, are:
- Child Labour
- Forced Labour
- Working Hours
- Harassment and Violence
- Freedom of Association
- Legal Compliance
In 2009, Monsanto joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative. This strategic policy initiative is for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies committed to sustainability and responsible business practices.
“As an agricultural and technology company committed to human rights, we have a unique opportunity to protect and advance human rights. We have a responsibility to consider not only how our business can benefit consumers, farmers and food processors, but how it can protect the human rights of both Monsanto’s employees and our business partners’ employees.”
- Hugh Grant, Monsanto Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer