One of world's most controversial companies, and the leading producer of genetically engineered seed and glyphosate-based herbicides. Bayer completed it's takeover of Monsanto in June 2018. Monsanto will no longer be a company name. The acquired products will retain their brand names and become part of the Bayer portfolio.
| Bayer AG
owns 100% of Monsanto Company
This company appeared on Global Exchange's list of "10 Top Corporate Criminals of 2016" for the development of genetically engineered wheat.
[Source 2016][More on Genetic Engineering]
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.
[Source 2017][More on Human Rights]
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.
[Source 2011][More on Genetic Engineering]
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.
[Source 2010][More on Human Rights]
Monsanto busted for contempt of Advertising Authority in South Africa
[Source 2007][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
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.
[Source 2009][More on Product Safety]
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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This company is a partner of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which claims will lift 50 million people in Africa out of poverty by 2022. But according to a 2015 report by ActionAid, the scheme will benefit multinational companies at the expense of small-scale farmers and is likely to increase poverty and inequality in Africa. Launched in 2012, the New Alliance provides aid money from rich countries like the US and the UK, and helps big business invest in the African agricultural sector. But in return, African countries are required to change their land, seed and trade rules in favour of big business. The New Alliance will: Make it easier for big corporations to grab land in Africa: Prevent farmers from breeding, saving and exchanging seeds: Heavily promote chemical fertilisers and pesticides, which increase farmers risk of debt as well as damaging the environment and farmers' health: Replace family farms with low paid, insecure jobs; and Prevent countries from restricting crop exports, even at times of domestic shortage.
[Source 2015][More on Finance]
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: develop low carbon action plan.
[Source 2017][More on Climate Change]
This company was recognised as a leading organisation in the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index. Participants are scored on three areas: Best practices in recruitment, retention and advancement of people from under-represented groups - women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people; creating an inclusive culture through leadership, accountability, communications and employee engagement; and transparency in willingness to share workforce demographic data.
[Source 2018][More on Workers Rights]
This company was named in the Working Mother 100 Best Companies 2018 for being a mum-friendly employer. Listed companies help working parents succeed at home and at work by providing expanded parental leaves, more flexibility with work hours, assistance for special needs, and opportunities for career development.
[Source 2018][More on Workers Rights]
Monsanto sells half of the world's glyphosate, the most widely used and heavily applied herbicide in history. This 2017 report by As You Sow tells the story of glyphosate - how and why it is used, what we know about it, and what we do not. It focuses on human health concerns, such as increasing dietary exposures linked to pre-harvest use of glyphosate and the mounting criticism of current U.S. pesticide regulation.
[Source 2017][More on Product Safety]
This company received a score of 51.5/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, 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.
[Source 2017][More on Sustainability Reporting]
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.
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."
OpenSecrets.org tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Follow link to see this company's record of political donations, lobbying, outside spending and more.
In 2019, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change Score of A.
[Source 2019][More on Climate Change]
In 2019, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources. Responding companies are scored on six key metrics: transparency; governance & strategy; measuring & monitoring; risk assessment; targets & goals; and value chain engagement. This company received a CDP Water Security Score of A.
[Source 2019][More on Human Rights]
This company received a SAM Rank of 82/100 in the Pharmaceuticals category of the 2018 SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment. The index is based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
[Source 2018][More on Sustainability Reporting]
This 2013 report by Greenpeace, 'Bees in Decline', shows that the dramatic overall global decline in bee populations is the result of multiple factors such as diseases and parasites, climate change and wider industrial agricultural practices. Among the latter, scientific evidence highlights the deadly role of some pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids. Bayer and Syngenta are the world's largest producers of neonicotinoid based pesticides.
[Source 2013][More on Habitats]
This company received a score of 5.6/100 (retrieved 25-Feb-2020) in the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for evaluating supply chain practices in China, particularly in regards to environmental management and water pollution. Scores are calculated using government compliance data, online monitoring data, and third-party environmental audits, as well as trends in the environmental performance of factories in the company's supply chains.
[Source 2020][More on Habitats]
Blood clots, stroke and other dangerous side effects associated with the use of Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills drove more than 10,000 US patients to file lawsuits against Bayer. As of January 2016, Bayer had agreed to pay $2.04 billion to settle over 10,000 claims for blood-clot injuries.
[Source 2016][More on Product Safety]
This company received the fifth lowest score in the Access to Medicine Index 2018, a ranking of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies on their efforts to increase access to medicine in developing countries.
[Source 2018][More on Human Rights]
This company appeared on Global Exchange's 2014 list of "Most Wanted" Corporate Criminals for manufacturing and using bee-killing pesticides, pinning the bee crisis on other causes, exposing farmers to harmful pesticides, and working to monopolize drug prices.
[Source 2017][More on Human Rights]
In 2020 Bayer agreed to pay US$10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims it causes cancer. Bayer said the Roundup settlement would 'bring closure to approximately 75%' of the current 125,000 filed and unfiled claims. Bayer has also paid millions more settling other cases related to Roundup and other chemicals it produces.
[Source 2020][More on Product Safety]
This company appears on PETA's (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, USA) 'Companies That Do Test On Animals' list, signifying that they either test on animals or pay a laboratory to conduct tests on animals.
[Source 2020][More on Animal Testing]
This company received a score of 41.1/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, 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.
[Source 2017][More on Sustainability Reporting]
Bayer has been criticised for its commercial production of genetically modified crops. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
[Source 2004][More on Genetic Engineering]
Of the world's big pesticide makers, Bayer's pesticides pose the biggest threat to human health and the environment, according to the Greenpeace Germany report 'The dirty portfolios of the pesticides industry' [Listed under Information due to age of report]
[Source 2008][More on Habitats]
This company appears on the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, signifying a commitment to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation, and transparency.
[Source 2020][More on Human Rights]
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.
[Source 2019][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
The United Nations Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of 10 values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. However it's non-binding nature has been widely criticised, and many signatory corporations continue to violate the Compact's values.
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This company is a member of How2Recycle. The How2Recycle Label is a voluntary, standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. Companies must be a member of the program to use the How2Recycle Label.
[Source 2020][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
The WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2019 assesses 173 companies on the commitments they have made, and the actions they have taken, to ensure that there is no destruction of nature including no deforestation along their supply chains; and support a responsible and sustainable palm oil industry beyond their own supply chain. This company is rated 'middle of the pack' with a score of 13.8 out of a possible total of 22.
[Source 2019][More on Palm Oil]
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
[Source 2017][More on Human Rights]
This website contains details about Bayer's tainted history including connections to the Nazis in WWII and the production of bee-killing pesticides.
|Company Structure||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Revenue||US$15 billion in 2015|
|# Employees||25,500 in 2015|
|Subsidiaries||Monsanto Australia Ltd|
|Address||St Louis, Missouri, USA|
Products / Brands
11th Jun 2018 — After two years of negotiations, Bayer has become the sole shareholder of Monsanto. The Monsanto company name will cease to exist. Over the past few years, Bayer has slowly distanced itself from the polymer business and concentrated on pharmaceutics and agriculture. The latter doubled in size after the Monsanto acquisition, becoming as large as the company’s pharma section. With the approval of the Bayer-Monsanto merger, only three companies will be in control of nearly 60 per cent of the world’s seeds and nearly 70 per cent of the agrochemicals and pesticides. [source]
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]