Monsanto Named by Human Rights Campaign as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality

Company Earns Perfect Score on 2017 Corporate Equality Index

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has once again named Monsanto as one of
its “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” This is the ninth year
Monsanto has been honored by the civil rights organization. The
distinction comes with the agriculture company earning a perfect score
of 100 percent on the HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

“At Monsanto, one of our core values is providing an inclusive and
collaborative work environment where everyone is treated with dignity
and respect,” said Steve Mizell, Monsanto’s executive vice president and
chief human resources officer. “We openly and intentionally address
social issues that deal with inclusion and diversity; it’s also a global
expectation we have for our 20,000 employees.”

“To be recognized as an employer whose culture reflects the society we
live in enables Monsanto to recruit the best and brightest individuals
who collectively will develop solutions that will help feed a growing
population,” he added.

The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate
policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
workplace equality that is administered by the HRC Foundation. The 2017
report evaluated businesses in several areas that included
non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits,
transgender-inclusive health care benefits and public engagement with
the LGBT community.

Monsanto has long been a champion of equality and diversity. Earlier
this year, Monsanto celebrated the 10th anniversary of its
Human Rights Policy. The company was among the first to formally adopt
specific guidelines for equal treatment before the practice was
mainstream. In March, along with other leading U.S. employers, Monsanto joined
the HRC’s Business Coalition for Equality
in supporting The Equality
Act. The proposed federal legislation provides the same basic
protections to LGBT people as are provided to other protected groups
under federal law.

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help
nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and
key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have
better harvests while using water and other important resources more
efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help
farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural
resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from
pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate
with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and
others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn
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