MONSANTO EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR DIVERSE WORKFORCE

Mumbai, Friday, May 5, 2017 – For the 10th year, Monsanto Company has again been named to DiversityInc’s 2017 List of Top 50 Companies for Diversity, ranking No. 39, up from No. 43 last year. The St. Louis-based sustainable agriculture company earned the recognition based upon its commitment to inclusion and diversity, as well as its exceptional corporate leadership, talent development initiatives, strong employee resource groups and support of local communities around the world.

Additionally,the company earned recognition on four of Diversity Inc’s specialty lists,ranking No. 9 on the Diversity Inc Top Companies for People with DisabilitiesList; ranking No.7 on Diversity Inc’s Top Companies for Employee Resource Groups;ranking No. 7 on Diversity Inc’s Top Companies for Progress List and alsoappearing on the Diversity Inc Top Companies for Global Diversity List.

“Ourcontinued focus on diverse thinking, diverse experiences and diverse approacheshas enriched Monsanto’s employee culture and contributed to the successfulrelationships we enjoy with each of our farmer customers,” said Hugh Grant,Monsanto’s Chairman and CEO. “Embracing a wide range of perspectives andbackgrounds is how we leverage strengths and build the strong partnershipsneeded to pursue solutions to the big challenges we all share.”

“Deepunderstanding and respect for different cultures is critical for a globalcompany like Monsanto,” added Melissa Harper, Monsanto’s Vice President ofGlobal Talent and Inclusion & Diversity. “Farmers from allover the worldlook to us for innovative, modern agricultural solutions.Inclusion anddiversity are crucial in creating a great place to work for our employees andare key to the success of our company.”

Monsanto’sdedication to providing a globally inclusive and diverse work environmentextends not only to its more than 20,000 employees, but also to the manyinternal and external partnerships the company actively maintains. This includessupplier diversity mentoring, unconscious bias training, offering student scholarshipsand recruiting and developing top talent. Additionally, Monsanto is part of anelitegroup of companies with a human rights policy that specifically referencesthe United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and theInternational Labor Organization’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Inthe decade since Monsanto adopted its own Human Rights Policy, Monsanto hassought to identify and do business with vendors and other business partners whoaspire in the conduct of their business to ethical standards consistent withthis policy,including the equal and fair treatment of all people.

Theseefforts have also led other third-party organizations such as Fortune Magazine,the Human Rights Campaign, and Great Places to Work Institute®, to recognizeMonsanto as an employer of choice.

Eachcompany’s rank on the Diversity Inc list is based on an objective analysis of 183separate factors, based on data from a 300-question survey. To be eligible forthe list, organizations must have at least 1,000 U.S.-based employees and fillout the survey, which is divided into four areas: Talent Pipeline, EquitableTalent Development, CEO/Leadership Commitment and Supplier Diversity. For theentire Top 50 list, visit http://www.diversityinc.com/top50 or follow the conversationonline viaTwitter® at #DITop50.


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