Monsanto lauded for corporate commitment to environment

Monsanto ranked No. 12 out of the 500 largest U.S. publicly traded companies in Newsweek's 2016 Green Rankings. 
Monsanto ranked No. 12 out of the 500 largest U.S. publicly traded companies in Newsweek's 2016 Green Rankings. 

Monsanto ranked No. 12 out of the 500 largest U.S. publicly traded companies in Newsweek's 2016 Green Rankings. 

Monsanto placed 52nd in last year’s U.S. rankings and moved from 84th to 22nd in the global rankings.

“We’re delighted by the acknowledgment of our sustainability efforts by the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings,” Monsanto Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant said. “Our people are focused on collaborating with others to feed a growing planet in a changing climate. Through efforts with farmers on carbon neutral crop production and our company’s intention to be carbon neutral by 2021, we hope to help create a food-secure world that protects the environment.”

Monsanto worked hard to improve their sustainability in the past year by increasing irrigation efficiency in its seed production sector and significantly reduced its operational gas emissions in crop protection. It also partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help monarch butterflies through the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund.

“In the current global business and political climate, no company can continue to ignore its environmental footprint and there’s good news: Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings show that the world’s biggest companies are improving when it comes to energy productivity and in limiting greenhouse gas emissions,” Newsweek Senior Editor Elijah Wolfson said. “Our hope is that the rankings will propel leaders to start looking at their environmental impact not just in terms of carbon use, but comprehensively, and make the changes necessary to sustain both business growth and environmental viability.”

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