Stories | July 31, 2017
Collaboration is at the heart of improving our world
As an agricultural company, Monsanto, and our customers, must continuously evolve to work with and learn from the natural world. That is why we are committed to conserving natural resources like soil, water and energy, which are essential to agriculture, while influencing the world to do the same.
One way we carry out this commitment is by being a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The WBCSD is a global organization whose whole mission is to make our world more sustainable.
The group is comprised of representatives from more than 200 companies covering a variety of industries and regions. These companies include: Bayer, BP, The Coca-Cola Company, Ford, UPS, and Unilever.
The WBCSD believes that, with the power of multi-stakeholder collaboration and today’s technological innovations, our world can use fewer natural resources. The companies involved work together to develop business solutions that contribute to a more sustainable world and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. The WBCSD’s areas of focus are:
- Energy—establishing alternative power sources and technologies.
- Cities and Mobility—decreasing emissions despite the increase in city populations and energy demands.
- Redefining Value—measuring business success on more than financial metrics alone.
- Food & Land Use—increasing food production to feed the projected population.
There are 14 project groups working to develop and implement solutions for these four focus areas. The project groups include the Climate Smart Agriculture Group, the Forest Solutions Group, and the Sustainable Cities group.
One way Monsanto contributes to the WBCSD is by serving as co-chair of the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) group. Climate smart agriculture is a thoughtful approach to agriculture that acknowledges and looks to mitigate agriculture’s contribution to climate change while feeding the world and improving food accessibility. The group is a coalition of companies from the agriculture and food industries that recognize this challenge will require collaboration across the entire food chain.
The group is tasked with transforming agriculture to balance resource efficiency with total production. The group believes that, with climate-smart technologies and farming practices, this can be achieved.
The work of the CSA is structured around three pillars:
- Productivity + Waste Reduction—with the goal of making 50 percent more food available by 2030.
- Emissions mitigation—with the goal of 50 percent decrease in emissions by 2030.
- Resilience—with the goal of making agriculture resilient to climate change and encouraging farmers to do so as well.
These high impact solutions are being implemented in the ASEAN region, Brazil, Ghana, India and North America.
These pillars of focus serve as goals for the agriculture and food industries. To achieve these goals, the CSA group has prioritized four action areas:
- Build smallholder/family farmer resilience
By supporting smallholders as they strengthen their resilience to climate change
- Scale-up investment in climate smart agriculture
By making the finances needed to invest in climate-smart technology more readily available
- Improve businesses’ ability to trace, measure, and monitor climate smart agriculture progress
By developing a corporate climate smart agriculture measurement protocol to improve the use of company investments
- Implement agriculture-driven zero deforestation and sustainable land-use commitments
By addressing issues that influence deforestation and land-use
Through their pillars of focus and priority action areas, the CSA group supports the following Sustainable Development Goals: