ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Monsanto has been named by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as one of the
“Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The distinction comes with the
St. Louis-based company earning a perfect score of 100 percent on the
HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national
benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices
related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace
equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Monsanto
is one of only 366 major businesses across all U.S. industries to earn
the top score.

“We are proud to again be recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT
Equality,” said Steve Mizell, Monsanto executive vice president of human
resources. “As a company focused on collaborating to find sustainable
agricultural solutions, our success depends on attracting and developing
talented employees with diverse backgrounds. We believe that an
inclusive workplace where everyone is treated equally allows people to
truly bring their best and most innovative ideas to the organization.”

The 2015 CEI rated 971 businesses in the report, which evaluates
LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination
workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive
health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the
LGBT community. Monsanto’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s
criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a “Best
Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”

“In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and
serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally
on the job,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We also look at whether a
company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT
equality here in this country and around the world. Monsanto not only
meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making
commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

Third party organizations continue to recognize Monsanto as an employer
of choice. In 2014, Monsanto was named eighth among the World’s Best
Multinational Workplaces by Great Place To Work Institute. The company
also received awards recognizing its employees’ innovation, leadership,
and workplace satisfaction by Forbes (World’s Most Innovative
Companies), Science Magazine (Science Careers Top Employers), CR
Magazine (100 Best Corporate Citizens), Computerworld (100 Best Places
to Work in IT), DiversityInc. (Top 50 Companies for Diversity), MIT
Technology Review (50 Smartest Companies) and Chief Executive (40 Best
Companies for Leaders). For more information on these recognitions and
others, see Monsanto’s
list of workplace recognitions
.

To learn more about Monsanto Company and our people, visit discover.monsanto.com.
For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to
download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help
nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and
key crops – such as corn, soybeans and cotton – that help farmers have
better harvests while using water and other important resources more
efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help
farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural
resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from
pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate
with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and
others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn
more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated
employees, please visit: discover.monsanto.com
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About Human Rights Campaign:

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization
working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By
inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination
against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental
fairness and equality for all.