Monsanto Company Named One Of CR Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens

   Monsanto Company Named One Of CR Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens

Annual List Ranks Monsanto No. 36 among Major U.S. Companies

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, April 15, 2013

ST. LOUIS, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CR Magazine named Monsanto Company
(NYSE: MON) to its "100 Best Corporate Citizens" for 2013. This is the fourth
time Monsanto has been included on the magazine's ranking of corporate
responsibility performance of major U.S. companies.

"At Monsanto, we are committed to sustainable agriculture and to continuously
improve ways in which we contribute. We are pleased that this honor recognizes
that commitment," said Jerry Steiner, executive vice president, sustainability
and corporate affairs at Monsanto. "This recognition reflects the thousands of
Monsanto employees who are working together with farmers and partners around
the world to improve agriculture and improve lives."

First published in 1999, the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list ranks
large-cap Russell 1000 companies based on publicly available information in
seven key categories: climate change, employee relations, environmental,
financial, governance, human rights and philanthropy.

The full list of companies and details on scoring is available at

"We are pleased to honor the companies on this year's Best List, as they
represent a tried and true standard of transparency within the Russell 1000,"
said Dirk Olin, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, CR Magazine. "Across
environmental, economic, and social values, these firms continue to set the
bar high for organizations in the United States."

Monsanto has established goals to help farmers double corn, soy and cotton
crop yields and reduce resource intensity in agriculture by one-third by 2030.
Through research investments and partnerships, the company has reported steady
progress on its bold goals.

Over the past year, the company began two new initiatives to improve processes
that strengthen its commitment to sustainability and stakeholder engagement.

Monsanto's 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report was
the first year the company, as a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Organizational Stakeholder, declared the GRI as its framework and used it to
develop content and report metrics. The GRI is a comprehensive sustainability
reporting framework that is widely used around the world. Through the use of
this voluntary tool, Monsanto can ensure its sustainability approach is more
comprehensive and focused on company and stakeholder priorities, and that it
is more transparently communicated.

In June 2012, Monsanto formed the Sustainability Strategy Council (SSC), an
internal organization comprised of 25 leaders from around the business charged
with establishing, implementing and measuring a comprehensive sustainability
strategy for the company. This strategy includes both internal operations and
contributions to global agriculture.

The combination of these two important initiatives in addition to Monsanto's
longstanding commitment to stakeholder engagement, the environment, climate
change, human rights, governance, philanthropy, financial performance and
supporting employees were essential in the company making this year's "100
Best Corporate Citizens" list.

This ranking is one of several accolades recently received by Monsanto,
including recognition for excellence in corporate responsibility at the
Asia-Pacific Enterprise Leadership Awards (APELA) International event. At the
APELA event, Monsanto received recognition for clean water and housing
initiatives in Indonesia and farming initiatives in the Philippines. The
initiatives were funded by Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto.

To learn more about Monsanto's sustainability agriculture and humanitarian
projects around the world, please visit

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: our business on Twitter^®
at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

About Corporate Responsibility Magazine

SharedXpertise Media LLC is the publisher of CR Magazine (, the
leading voice of the corporate responsibility profession and the publisher of
the 100 Best Corporate Citizen's List, which has been ranked one of America's
three most-important business rankings according to PR Week. SharedXpertise
alongside the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association
( are also co-founders of the COMMIT!Forum, recognized
worldwide as the leading event for corporate responsibility practitioners.

About the 100 Best Corporate Citizen's List

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List was first published in 1999 in Business
Ethics Magazine, and has been managed by CR Magazine since 2007. To compile
the list, every company in the Russell 1000, the highest ranked stocks in the
Russell 3000 Index of publicly held U.S. companies, is ranked according to 298
data points. The methodology for generating the list is governed by a Ratings
and Rankings Committee of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association

Contact | Media: Billy Brennan (314-694-3665)

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