Monsanto named “Best Corporate Citizen”. Who’s voting and for how much?

Monsanto graphicFor the 5th year in a row, CR Magazine, whose focus is on corporate responsibility, has named Monsanto to its “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for its corporate responsibility performance.

“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.”

According to CR magazine’s press release, “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.”

With the steadily growing evidence of corporate harassment of farmers for alleged patent infringement, health and environmental issues created by the use of Monsanto’s pesticides, and documented evidence of supwerweeds, one has to wonder just who did the voting and what possible affiliation they might have with Monsanto that this “honor” was awarded. Surely it wasn’t based on scientific data or on the growing number of lawsuits against the company by farmers and ranchers who have had to deal with the serious negative effects of those chemicals and the GMO crops that were grown with them.

It’s definitely amusing to read the following statement:

Monsanto saving the world, photo from Butterbeliever

Graphic courtesy of

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.

If they really were measured for their human rights disclosures, perhaps the information was merely selective rather than all-inclusive. Still, it makes you wonder where the magazine got its information. For a magazine that purports to be “in the know”, they definitely missed out on a great deal of easily available information about Monsanto. Or simply chose to disregard it.

4 Responses

  1. Under today’s standards, in April 1947, Monsanto was NO responsible corp. leader down in Texas City, TX; arguably, still is not. 400+ locals KILLED in fertilized ship explosion near Monsanto docks (My 1970’s next door neighbor, now age 70 , luckily survived TX City blast as teenager, and U. Houston professor Hugh Stevens, who taught me, wrote big book on that event). Outward dangerous conditions, uninspected by State of Texas, still exist at Texas City, and last year’s fertilizer manufacturing explosion at town of West near Waco.

  2. Here’s website to Prof. Steven’s Book, covering Monsanto, Texas City Disaster

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