In actively pursuing a more sustainable approach to doing business and helping to feed the world’s growing population, we recognize that sustainability is a journey, not a destination. But even though there is no real finish line in the sustainability journey (since people and organizations can always do better), there are measurable outcomes to mark our progress. That is why it’s important for Monsanto to continuously take an inside-out approach to assessing where we are as a company, what’s expected of us and how we can further embed sustainability into our business.
Today, no single issue will impact the world and the success of our farmer customers, our partners and our company more than sustainability, which includes our ability to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The sustainability journey is fully intertwined with the agriculture industry’s ability to nourish a global population that’s expected to grow from 7.1 billion people today to at least 9.6 billion by mid-century.
Monsanto participates in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the principles on which this report is based. This is critical because it connects us to the public at large, our stakeholders and other companies working through some of the same issues and provides a structure through which to share our commitments, our goals and our progress toward them. GRI also provides a vehicle for us to continually evaluate ourselves against our internal commitments and goals and work to improve our performance. We also remain committed to the 10 Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and take affirmative actions to address these critical areas.
In this report, you’ll see the wide-ranging approach we’re taking to reducing our impact on the environment and get a sense for the degree to which sustainability is part of our business model and practices, our collaborations, and the products we offer farmers.
I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, especially in the areas of water consumption and soil health, but I hope this report also helps you to see that we’re not satisfied with our progress or impact and we’re not standing still – and that everyone at Monsanto understands the importance of accelerating our efforts, quickly.
There’s no set course on the sustainability journey and no corner on good ideas. We’re still working through this – with a lot of learning and candid conversations along the way. But Monsanto is committed to this journey because we know that through transparency, collaboration and hard work, we can help make a balanced plate accessible to all while using fewer resources.
I hope you’ll join with us and that you’ll help hold us accountable. There’s not a moment to lose.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Read about these topics and much more in the Monsanto 2014 Sustainability Report
- Cover Crops
- Food Labeling
- Global Food Security
- Honey Bee Health
- Making a Balanced Meal Accessible
- Monarch Butterfly
- Soil Health Partnership
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA)