One of world's most controversial companies, and the leading producer of genetically engineered seed and glyphosate-based herbicides. In September 2016 Monsanto accepted a takeover offer from Bayer for US$66 billion, pending regulatory approval.
This company is listed as having best practice on a report card on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in corporate America.
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This company received a score of 74.5/100 in the Newsweek Green Rankings 2016, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
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This 2011 Greenpeace report criticises the widespread and increasingly intensive use of glyphosate in association with the use of GM (genetically modified) crops, saying it poses further risks to the environment and human health. Glyphosate kills all vegetation except GM crops specifically engineered to be tolerant to the powerful herbicide. Monsanto is the main company these activities.
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Millions Against Monsanto, a campaign sponsored by the Organic Consumers Association, targets Monsanto for abuses ranging from bullying small farmers to failing to adequately test and disclose the genetic engineering of products on supermarket shelves.
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This company appears on Global Exchange's list of "Most Wanted" Corporate Human Rights Violators "Alums" for promotion of monocropping, involvement in government, refusing to label product, and bankrupting small farms.
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Named in Corporate Accountability International's 2010 Corporate Hall of Shame for mass producing cancer causing chemicals, aggressively running small farms out of business, and recklessly promoting genetically engineered seeds that exacerbate food scarcity globally.
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Monsanto's Roundup herbicide has been linked to human birth defects, and now one of the company's signature genetically engineered crops is Roundup Ready wheat. Monsanto manufactured Agent Orange, a dangerous herbicide containing dioxin used by the US during the Vietnam War to reduce jungle foliage. Approximately 72 million litres of Agent Orange were sprayed over Vietnam, and Monsanto reached a $180 million settlement with veterans who suffered adverse health effects from handling the chemical.
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Monsanto busted for contempt of Advertising Authority in South Africa
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A recent government study found that 200,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves in the past ten years. Well-known Bollywood filmmaker Aamir Khan attributes this startling statistic to the fact that many unsuspecting farmers are convinced that genetically modified seeds, pesticides, and fertilizers from American companies like Monsanto will increase their profits. Khan is hoping to spread awareness about this disturbing trend in a new movie called Peepli Live.
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In May 2007, the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA), with a membership of around 80,000, announced that it is launching a nationwide boycott of Monsanto to protest a proposed a $1.5 billion merger with Delta and Pine Co. that would reduce competition and crush small farmers. '[The merger] is going to give Monsanto a lock on three major commodities,' says Dr. John W. Boyd, Jr., president and founder of the NBFA. 'They already have corn and soybeans and now they're going to have control of cotton.'
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As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: develop low carbon action plan.
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This company is listed on the EPA Green Power Partnership website (USA), as using renewable energy for 13% of its organisation-wide electricity use in the USA.
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This company is a member of The Sustainability Consortium, an organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. They develop transparent methodologies, tools, and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social, and economic imperatives.
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The Corporate Research Project's Corporate Rap Sheets are dossiers summarising the most significant crimes, violations and other questionable activities of the world's largest and most controversial companies. Follow link to see this company's Corporate Rap Sheet. "Once a controversial chemical company, Monsanto remade itself into an even more controversial agricultural biotechnology corporation that holds a dominant position in both herbicides and genetically engineered seeds. Identified more closely than any other company with the effort to introduce genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the food supply, Monsanto has been the target of ongoing campaigns for more than 20 years."
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This company is listed on the Facing Finance website as a company that manufactures weapons or profits from violations of human rights, pollution, corruption, or international law. Follow link for further details.
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||US$15 billion in 2015|
|# Employees||25,500 in 2015|
|Subsidiaries||Monsanto Australia Ltd|
|Address||St Louis, Missouri, USA|
Products / BrandsMonsanto Australia
Roundup Garden Care
Monsanto's Shareholders vote against labeling GM foods
29th Jan 2014 — As more than 20 states consider mandatory labeling of genetically modified food, shareholders at Monsanto's (MON) annual meeting on Tuesday voted against proposals to label and assess the costs of GMOs. Monsanto's board opposed both measures, which came from two separate shareholders with fewer than 100 shares each. For what it's worth to GMO critics, the decisions weren't unanimous even among stakeholders in a major GMO company. One resolution, which sought a report on the cost of GMO contamination affecting non-GMO and organic crops, received 6.51 percent of shareholder votes, while another asking the company to work with regulators on GMO labeling guidelines received 4.16 percent of the vote, according to a Reuters report. [source]
Monsanto versus Steve Marsh: First GM legal battle in Oz
20th Jan 2011 — One of the biggest legal battles in Australian GM history is brewing in Western Australia, following organic farmer Steve Marsh's loss of his organic certification because of GM contamination. [source]