ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CR Magazine named Monsanto Company to its “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for 2014. This is the fifth time Monsanto has been included on the magazine’s ranking of corporate responsibility performance of major U.S. companies.
“This recognition is a testament to the more than 22,000 Monsanto global employees who are working together with farmers and partners around the world to deliver a safe, affordable and nutritious food supply for our planet,” said Jesus Madrazo, vice president, corporate engagement at Monsanto. “We are pleased this honor recognizes our commitment, but we know there is much more work to be done and look forward to working collaboratively across the industry to continue to advance sustainable agriculture.”
The “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list documents 298 data points of disclosure and performance measures—harvested from publicly available information in several key categories. The list ranks the Russell 1000 Index.
“We’re pleased to honor the 100 Best Corporate Citizens for meeting the highest commitment to the programming and transparency necessary to lead the business community in the area of responsible corporate practices,” said Bill Hatton, editor-in-chief of CR Magazine.
Monsanto’s longstanding commitment to stakeholder engagement, the environment, addressing climate change through adaptation and mitigation, human rights, governance, philanthropy, financial performance and supporting employees were essential in the company making this year’s list. This year’s ranking also recognizes Monsanto’s increased levels of disclosure and transparency, as well as the continued improvement of its sustainability programs, including:
- Increased levels of disclosure through the Monsanto Sustainability Report and Monsanto corporate website.
- Increased formalization of stakeholder engagement processes.
- Increased sustainability management structure through the development of the Monsanto Sustainability Strategy Council.
- Increased environmental footprint reporting in water, waste, recycling, energy and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Continued strong performance in employment and human rights disclosures.
For access to the full “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list, visit www.thecro.com. To learn more about Monsanto’s sustainability and humanitarian projects around the world, please visit www.monsanto.com/improvingagriculture.
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® at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/MonsantoCo, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.
About Corporate Responsibility Magazine:
SharedXpertise Media LLC is the publisher of CR Magazine (www.thecro.com), 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 (www.croassociation.org) 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 (CROA).