Stories | July 3, 2018 | Read Time: 3 minutes
Fiona Woody Discusses Sustainability
Recently, Monsanto’s Sustainability Metrics and Integration Lead, Fiona Woody, published a series of LinkedIn articles exploring Monsanto’s commitment to sustainability. She discussed improving the lives of consumers, the planet, and the health and safety of workers around the world. Below are excerpts from each of her articles.
A Better Planet - Earth Day Every Day
When I first started in my role as the lead for sustainability reporting and metrics at Monsanto I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what sustainability was. Turns out I still had a lot to learn. I quickly turned my attention to the global language of sustainability and especially the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. What a great road map to a sustainable future these goals provide.
At Monsanto, we are supportive of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. Our work contributes in some way to each of the Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is strongly aligned with at least nine of the goals. These nine goals are grouped in three broader categories: better planet, better lives and better partner. Under a better planet, we are acting on climate change and using fewer natural resources.
We believe modern agriculture is all about finding solutions to minimize the impact on the environment over the long term. To do this, the agricultural industry must sustain its commitment to continuous improvement, and today’s innovations can help.
A Better Partner - Collectively Rising to the Challenge
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 was World Day for Safety and Health at Work, and this year it was a collaborative effort with the World Day Against Child Labor to improve the safety and health of young workers and to end child labor. This union reminds me, once again, how important it is to partner with others in the advancement and implementation of programs that protect people and planet.
At Monsanto, we view being a Better Partner through multiple lenses: advocating for human rights, partnering with employees and suppliers, being proactive in managing critical issues and ensuring sound corporate governance.
Be Bold, Improve Lives
It is a bold ambition to strive to improve lives. I believe it is a critical goal that all companies should aspire to achieve through their products, services or by how they engage with the communities in which they live and work. At Monsanto, we have made this bold commitment through the Better Lives pillar of our Sustainability Strategy. To reach this goal is a monumental task, and is one that requires a collaborative effort across our company and our industry.
In delivering on our commitment to promote Better Lives, we leverage our strengths as a modern agriculture company to focus on areas we can impact most: food and nutrition security, smallholder farmers, communities, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.