Monsanto Company Releases 2012 Sustainability Report

             Monsanto Company Releases 2012 Sustainability Report

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, June 19, 2013

ST. LOUIS, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsanto Company today released its
2012 Sustainability Report. The report focuses both on how the company
operates its business and how it is working with partners to help with the
challenge of feeding 9 billion people expected to inhabit Earth by 2050.

"Every day we are met with the challenges of a growing planet. We will need to
produce more food while using natural resources even more efficiently. We are
focused on tools and information that empower the world's farmers to find
solutions to these challenges," said Jerry Steiner, executive vice president
of sustainability and corporate affairs for Monsanto. "This report details our
commitment to sustainability, includes a balanced view of our progress to date
and examines the challenges we face along our company's sustainability

June 2013 marks the five-year anniversary of when Monsanto made its commitment
to sustainable agriculture – pledging to help farmers double yields in our
core crops (corn, soy, canola and cotton) by 2030 while committing to produce
each ton with one-third fewer resources (land, water and energy).
Additionally, the company committed to a goal to help farmers improve their
quality of life, including 5 million people in resource-poor farm families by

"While we've made progress towards some of our goals surrounding our
commitment to sustainable agriculture, we still have much more to achieve,"
said Steiner. "We stand committed to continue to do our part and work together
with farmers and partners to continuous improvement in advancing sustainable

There are four chapters in the Monsanto 2012 Sustainability Report: (1) Our
Commitments, (2) Food and Nutrition, (3) Environment and (4) Communities.
Report highlights include:

  oEmployees work to further operationalize sustainability in the company by
    establishing the Sustainability Strategy Council, which is made up of
    cross-functional leadership providing guidance and direction on the
    company's sustainability goals.
  oA materiality analysis matrix which helps define the issues that are
    important to stakeholders and that the company can positively impact
    around the world.
  oRecognition of our employees who best exemplify the company's values and
    commitment to sustainable agriculture through the Sustainable Yield Pledge
  oProgress on our three-fold sustainable agriculture goal: produce more,
    conserve more and improving lives.
  oProgress on five of our signature partnerships: Monsanto's
    Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program, Mississippi River
    Watershed Partnership, Water Efficient Maize for Africa, Brazilian
    partnership with Conservation International, and Project SHARE
    (Sustainable Harvest – Agriculture, Resources, Environment) in India.
  oThe company's commitment to work with farmers to address the challenges
    associated with water, offering sustainable solutions to help manage water
    demands while meeting farmers' needs and improving yields.
  oExpansion of our company's R&D pipeline to include agricultural
    biologicals, a category of sustainable crop protection solutions made from
    materials found in nature.
  oExamples of Monsanto's philanthropic arm working to substantially and
    meaningfully improve the lives of people around the world.

The content for the Monsanto 2012 Sustainability Report was developed
following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines for sustainability
reporting. The GRI is a sustainability reporting framework that helps
companies measure and report their sustainability performance. Monsanto
self-declared the 2012 report at a GRI Application Level B based on the GRI
Application Level Grid. GRI reviewed and approved the report with GRI
Application Level Check of B. Application Levels reflect the degree of
transparency against the GRI guidelines in reporting.

In addition to reporting on the indicators specified by GRI, the company's
2012 report also complements the company's 2012 Communication on Progress with
the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest sustainability and
corporate citizenship initiative. Monsanto joined the United Nations Global
Compact in 2009.

In line with Monsanto's commitment of conserving natural resources, the
company offers the full content of the Monsanto 2012 Sustainability Report
online at:

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
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