Child Labor in India

At Monsanto, we support the employment of young people who have freely chosen to work in the agricultural industry — either on a seasonal basis to earn extra income or as a full-time vocation — so long as it is legal and does not interfere with their educational opportunities.

In addition, Monsanto may take measures to verify that its business partners understand and are working to comply with this requirement. In some instances, Monsanto will ensure that our relationships are governed under contracts that prohibit the employment of children.

Monsanto will work with business partners who face formidable economic, cultural and other challenges to the elimination of child labor to ensure that the worst forms of child labor are avoided through engagement, the Monsanto Fund, business incentives, and technological advancement.

Does the company have a minimum age requirement for its employees?

Monsanto and its business partners are expected to comply with the minimum age as outlined in the local labor law for the agriculture industry. In addition, we require compliance with all applicable local, state and national laws regarding the employment of minors.

Has Monsanto been involved in efforts to address child labor issues?

As discussed above, there are cultural, economic, educational and other formidable factors that influence the existence and prevalence of child labor in the agricultural industry (particularly in developing economies). Monsanto is involved in efforts to address the root causes of child labor within the cotton seed industry. As the policy is further developed and as we learn more, we look forward to implementing other ideas and strategies to minimize the occurrence of child labor.

For more information about one of our sustainable agriculture programs, visit Project SHARE.