Non-Discrimination Policy

Effective as of June 30, 2015

Overview

The Monsanto Fund Non-Discrimination Policy as described below expects that organizations assisted by Monsanto Fund will provide employment opportunities and access to services in a manner that does not discriminate against any individual who is a member of a “Protected Class” (as described below).

Policy

For purposes of this Non-Discrimination Policy, any of the following is considered to be a “Protected Class”: race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation (real or perceived), or any other characteristic protected by applicable United States federal or state law.

Any organization or program that receives funding from Monsanto Fund will:

  • Recruit, hire, train, promote and provide conditions of employment and access to services without regard to a person’s membership in a Protected Class (except for services to Special Needs Populations as described below).
  • Be free of any discriminatory conduct relating to a member of a Protected Class: and avoid exclusionary practices or harassment in employee relations, and in providing services or determining the populations it serves.
  • Not in any way, implicit or explicit, promote, advocate or instigate an ideology or environment that pits groups of people against each other or uses threats, intimidation or violence to advance its causes.
  • Provide confirmation/affirmation that the organization or the program for which funding is requested does have a non-discrimination policy consistent with that of Monsanto Fund.
  • Provide a copy of the organization or program’s non-discrimination policy upon request.
  • This Non-Discrimination Policy applies only to donations made in the United States of America, and applies to any donation made by Monsanto Fund.

    Special Needs Populations:

    Monsanto Fund intends to ensure that members of Protected Classes have access to services. However, it is important to recognize that services provided to special need populations may represent specific gender, race, and other protected groups. Also, many groups that limit their membership provide social services and programs without discrimination to special needs populations. Therefore funding of these types of organizations and programs shall be permitted under this Non-Discrimination Policy. The focus of the Monsanto Fund’s charitable funding decisions will be based on an organization’s or a program’s non-discrimination policy as it relates to access to services or selection of target populations to be served.

    For example:

    • Funding for a YWCA women’s domestic abuse center would qualify as long as women served were not excluded due to race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other means considered discriminatory to any protected class.
    • Funding for a community health clinic operated by a church would not be excluded from consideration as long as the services were provided to anyone in the community and did not exclude services to any protected class. The clinic would be disqualified if it limited services only to members of the church or a specific religious belief.

    Previous Policy

    This policy replaces the Non-Discrimination Policy that was adopted by the Board of Directors of Monsanto Fund on May 31, 2013.