Monsanto Company joins WBCSD

                         Monsanto Company joins WBCSD

PR Newswire

GENEVA, Jan. 22, 2013

GENEVA, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Business Council for
Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today announced that Monsanto Company has
joined its membership.

Monsanto, a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and
agricultural products that aim to improve farm productivity and food quality,
joins WBCSD and is offering the WBCSD's Business Ecosystems Training (BET)
course globally for employees. The BET course will enhance employees'
awareness and understanding of the links between ecosystems and business.

Monsanto is working to help find ways to produce more food within the limits
of the world's natural systems. A global population expected to grow to 9
billion people by 2050 will mean rising demand for food coupled with
increasing strains on natural resources – such as water, arable land and
ecosystem services. This requires new agriculture systems and products that
are both more productive and more sustainable.

"In joining the WBCSD, Monsanto is taking an important step along a continuum
towards developing a more sustainable agriculture system – one that improves
our daily lives, respects our global environment and recognizes the importance
of the world's small-holder farmers," said Peter Bakker, President, WBCSD. "We
must find new ways to protect soils, enhance ecosystems and optimize land use
in ways that are environmentally sound. And we must move towards a future
vision for agriculture where absolutes become as out of place as a
one-size-fits-all approach to farming."

"At Monsanto, our company vision for sustainable agriculture strives to
contribute to meeting the needs of the growing population, to protect and
preserve natural resources, and to help improve lives," said Jerry Steiner,
Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Monsanto.
"We are excited to join the WBCSD and connect with a global coalition of more
than 200 companies that advocate for progress on sustainable development."

Hugh Grant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Monsanto, will represent
the company as a WBCSD Council Member. Jerry Steiner, Executive Vice President
of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Monsanto, is the WBCSD Liaison
Delegate. Gabriela Burian, Director of Sustainable Agriculture Ecosystems at
Monsanto, leads the company's integration and implementation of WBCSD
ecosystem training and tools. 

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led
organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business
community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the
environment. Together with its members, the Council applies its respected
thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions
and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders
as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and
policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.

The WBCSD provides a forum for its 200 member companies - who represent all
business sectors, all continents and a combined revenue of more than $7
trillion - to share best practices on sustainable development issues and to
develop innovative tools that change the status quo. The Council also benefits
from a network of 60 national and regional business councils and partner
organizations, a majority of which are based in developing countries.

To be added to the WBCSD press distribution, please e-mail WBCSD here.

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About Monsanto Company
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions
and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.
Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers
to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural
resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our
commitments, please visit: Follow our business on Twitter^®
at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

For more information, please contact:

Vanessa Whittall, WBCSD
+41 22 839 3157

Billy Brennan, Monsanto
(314) 694-3665

SOURCE Monsanto Company

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