Monsanto Named as a Top Company for Diversity

  MonsantoNamedasaTop Companyfor Diversity

DiversityInc Honors The Agricultural Leader With Placement On Its List Of The
Top 50 Companies ForDiversity®

Business Wire

ST. LOUIS -- April 24, 2014

For theseventhyear in a row, DiversityInchasrecognized
MonsantoCompanyfor its commitment to diversity with the inclusion of the
sustainable agriculture company to its annualdiversitylist. Monsanto took
the46thspot on the publication’s 14^th annual Top 50 Companies for Diversity
ranking. TheSt. Louis based companyis the onlybusiness from the regionto
make the list.

“Monsanto is excited to again be recognized byDiversityIncfor our diversity
and inclusion practices,” said Melissa Harper, Monsanto’s vice president of
global talent acquisitionand diversity. “Withmore than22,000 people around
the world, we take great pride in the variety of backgrounds, perspectives and
experiences of our employees. This diverse, inclusive culture fuels our
innovation and is essential to our success.”

“Monsanto’s mission is to help farmers produce safe, affordable and nutritious
food for our growing world,”addedHugh Grant, Monsanto’s chairman and CEO.
“We need a diverse and talented workforce to deliver new innovations to
increase food production, improve climate resilience and address challenges in
agriculture for today and tomorrow.”

In naming Monsanto to the list,DiversityIncspecifically cited the company’s
exceptional leadership support, talent-development initiatives, strong
employee resource groups and its commitment to supporting communities around
the world.

“Thiscompany is known for its deep community philanthropy and its increasing
efforts to create an inclusive workforce,”said Luke
Visconti,DiversityInc’sCEO.

Organizationsparticipating in the reviewmust have at least 1,000 employees
andare required tofill out a detailedsurvey divided into four areas: CEO
Commitment, Human Capital, Corporate and Organizational Communications, and
Supplier Diversity.More than 1,200companies participated in this year’s
survey with only 50 selected for the list. For the full list ofthe 2014
DiversityIncTop 50 Companies forDiversity®,visit: www.DiversityInc.com.

Being recognizedasone ofthe2014Top 50 Companies for Diversity®is just
the latest honor for Monsanto. Earlier this year FORTUNEnamed the
agricultural leader one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies”and MIT
Technology Review included it on its 2014 50 Smartest Companies list.
Additionalhonorsinclude those from Great Place to Work^®(World’s Best
Multinational Workplaces), Forbes (World’s Most Innovative Companies), Chief
Executive Magazine (40 Best Companies for Leaders 2014), CR Magazine (100 Best
Corporate Citizens)andComputerworld (100 Best Places to Work in IT).For
more information on these recognitions and others, visittheMonsanto
newsroom.

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:www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter®
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Contact:

Monsanto Company
Charla Lord, 314-694-2993
 
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