Agricultural Innovation and Sustainability

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Agricultural Innovation and Sustainability


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A Message from Hugh Grant:

As a global community, we face a wide range of challenges—a growing population, a changing climate and an increase in food insecurity in many parts of the world. At Monsanto, we’re committed to helping create solutions to these challenges while helping to take care of our planet, our people and the communities where we live and work.

I invite you to learn about the progress we’ve made on our sustainability commitments in our 2017 Sustainability Report: Growing Better Together, which has been prepared in accordance with the new Global Reporting Initiative Standards in our first reporting cycle since the Standards were released.

Here you’ll find information about our commitments to environmental sustainability, human rights, inclusion, philanthropy and transparency about our business practices. You’ll also find progress on our continuing commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals.

It’s also important to note that in 2016, we entered into an agreement to be acquired by Bayer, a company that shares our understanding of the world’s sustainability challenges and agriculture’s unique position to help address them. I believe the combination of Bayer and Monsanto will accelerate the pace of innovation to more comprehensively address the challenges faced by growers, consumers, our population and our planet.

Best Regards,


Hugh Grant
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer


Sustainability in Modern Agriculture

Modern agriculture helps make farming more sustainable by giving farmers digital tools and other advancements to grow crops using fewer natural resources. At Monsanto, our sustainability strategy is all about Growing Better Together on a foundation of principled business and human rights across three main focus areas: Better Planet, Better Lives, and Better Partner. Each focus area includes specific goals and commitments, but these reflect just some of the work we are doing in each category.

Our sustainability approach is informed by our own global materiality assessment and globally agreed upon agendas and accords like the 2030 Development Agenda of the United Nations and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Global Compact, among others. Monsanto’s work contributes to each of the 17 SDGs. Through an extensive mapping process, we have identified six SDGs that are particularly relevant to Monsanto's business and three that are significant to how we work.