Monsanto Fund and Partners Improve Lives for Residents with Access to Clean Water in Indonesia

Social Commitment Leads to Sustainable Business Award 2013 for Best CSR in the Community

Access to clean water is a necessity, but not a reality for everyone.

Monsanto Indonesia and the Monsanto Fund teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and Bina Swadaya Konsultan to address water issues in Indonesian villages.

The Indonesian villages of Tajinan in Malang and Gunung Mas in Lampung previously relied on nearby river sources and rain water for drinking water. However, these water sources also served as the place for villagers to do their laundry, wash dishes and clean cattle, and as a dumping ground for human waste. Unfortunately, depending on one water source for all of these tasks led to many cases of water-borne diseases.

The groups worked with the community to identify specific problem areas, educated villagers on water sanitation and developed solutions to provide villagers with clean water. Monsanto provided water tanks, water pumping systems, piping and installation and communal bath areas to provide clean water.

“Everyone should have access to clean water,” said Deborah Patterson, the Monsanto Fund President. “We are happy to help strengthen the rural communities in Indonesia by providing local residents with clean water and public sanitation facilities.”

Access to clean water has benefitted more than 6,500 residents in rural communities in Indonesia. It also means a better and healthier life for the local residents, particularly in terms of decreasing the incidence of water-borne diseases in children.

“There is not a single, simple solution for every community,” said Herry Kristanto, Corporate Affairs Lead Monsanto Indonesia. “Our approach to let the communities and their partners define the critical needs of their communities and the appropriate solutions. We believe this promotes ownership and long-term sustainability. We are honored to receive this award and thankful for our strong partnerships around the country, which has provided us with opportunities to positively impact hundreds of people each year.”

In conjunction with teaching farmers proper farm management practices and reducing water and energy use at the Mojokerto Manufacturing facility, the access to clean water Initiative led to a recent sustainability award. At the Sustainable Business Award (SBA) ceremony in Jakarta on Nov. 28, Monsanto Indonesia was recognized as the best company in Corporate Social Responsibility in the community in Indonesia.

Monsanto Indonesia was among 18 recipients across 21 award categories, alongside Nestle, Danone, Garuda Indonesia and Holcim. Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) facilitated the nomination and selection process, and winners were chosen by the SBA Indonesia 2013 Advisory Panel comprising renowned and respected experts.