Monsanto and the Community
As a leader in the agricultural sector, and true to our corporate vision worldwide, at Monsanto Latin America South we firmly believe that our responsibility is to give back to society part of what it gives us daily. To do this, year after year, we implement social responsibility programs with the aim of encouraging the development of rural communities.
We are committed to sustainable agriculture to help improve the quality of life of farmers in the world by 2020, including more than 5 million people from low-resources farmers' families.
Seedbed of the Future is the most important social responsibility program we implement in Monsanto Latin America South since 2005. Through this program we fund social and productive projects with high social impact with the intention of improving the quality of life, education and work in communities where Monsanto's employees, distributors and customers live and work, promoting sustainability.
The program seeks to support non-profit institutions, such as foundations, civil associations, School Cooperatives for Agriculture and/or Agro-technical Schools (exclusively), Work Cooperatives and other institutions working in rural or semi-rural communities of less than 100,000 inhabitants. In addition, the funded projects should promote non-formal education in their communities. This is our personal challenge, our goal. Voluntary participation of all our people together with different NGOs and civil associations aligned with the main focus of the company, the rural population. It reflects the commitment of all of us at Monsanto for the future of education, health, technological development and environmental care in the agricultural sector.
Since the beginning of Seedbed of the Future, in seven editions, we have achieved important results that encourage us to keep going: 342 social projects were funded in communities of less than 100,000 inhabitants within the agricultural sector, among which 10.5 million Argentine pesos were distributed, benefiting more than 65,000 people in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay.
In charge of Monsanto Fund, the company has launched the global corporate volunteering program in 2010, Monsantogether.
This initiative represents our commitment to volunteering activities supporting active participation in humanitarian tasks and recognizes the efforts made by volunteers in their commitment to the critical problems of the community where we work. The program rewards the passion of employees offering monetary donations to beneficiary organizations.
There are two ways to participate: individually or in teams. Employees performing voluntary activities for a minimum of 20 hours per calendar year are eligible for the $250 donation to the charity in which they volunteered. When you reach 40 hours, you can request up to two grants of $ 250 per calendar year to a single organization or to two different organizations.
The same system works for the case of teams of four or more employees engaged in volunteering work for a qualifying organization. The difference is that they can continue carrying out voluntary activities for the organization in blocks of 20 hours, until it receives the maximum grant per calendar year of $5,000 or its equivalent in local currency.
In addition, since 1964, Monsanto Fund works to substantially and meaningfully improve the lives of people.
Monsanto Fund, based in the U.S., is the philanthropic arm of the company that provides funding for the development of social programs in all countries where Monsanto has commercial presence.
As Monsanto is the leader in innovative and sustainable agriculture company Monsanto Fund seeks to be a leader in implementing innovative social investment programs, sustainably assisting communities in need around the world and providing the resources to meet these needs. We are focused on strengthening rural communities and the communities where we live and work.
That is why different programs coming from Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia are launched together with NGO partners:
- Junior Achievement- Argentina
Junior Achievement is an international educational foundation whose mission is to attract young people into the entrepreneurial spirit that allows them to achieve their goals.
Junior Achievement and Monsanto developed “PAMPA” program, where students simulated the operation of rural enterprises, analyzed individual decision-making processes on issues related to the world of agriculture and they understood the impact of both the economy and quality of national and global life.
During 2012 and 2013 more than 160 students ranging from 14 to 16 years of age participated in the towns of Zárate (Agricultural School No.1 Talavera Island), Pergamino (School of Agricultural Education Lorenzo Parodi) and Buenos Aires (El Buen Consejo).
Also with Junior Achievement, the company implemented the "The Advantages of Staying in School" program since 1998 and the "Our Fields" program since 2007. The first sought to make young people think about the importance of continuing with their studies as well as the economic benefits that this effort represents for them in the future, highlighting the value of having a well-defined life plan and the obstacles that can be found on the way.
The purpose of "Our Fields" program was that students are able to understand the importance of education for the future and its role in their personal achievements in the field of agriculture. Through six sessions, the students became familiar with the current rural reality and know the steps to carry out a project/venture
To know more about Junior Achievement: http://www.junior.org.ar/
- Leer Foundation- Argentina
The Leer Foundation opened its doors in 1997 with the goal of assisting all children in Argentina in having access to books, to be able to read, and to value reading. With the support of the company since 2003 we helped in the "Reading Corners" program under the Open Book Project, which promotes the establishment of libraries in schools with a wide variety of books, looking to strengthen and promote reading in the communities.
Also, thanks to the commitment of Monsanto Foundation, since 2011 the program "Ready to Live" is implemented with the aim of contributing to the development of interpersonal skills such as communication, decision-making and critical thinking for children who are 9 to 12 years old. Employees of the company have the opportunity to participate as volunteers. The schools that are beneficiaries of this project are located in the Province of Buenos Aires (Zárate, Pergamino and Rojas) and Córdoba (Río Cuarto and Malvinas Argentinas).
If you want to learn more on Leer Foundation: http://www.leer.org/
- Moisés Bertoni Foundation- Paraguay
The Foundation's main objective is to improve the quality of life through the preservation of biodiversity, the conservation of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development benefitting current and future generations.
In 2009 Moisés Bertoni Foundation was awarded with a training project for students of the Mbaracayú reservation in Paraguay. We sought to turn rural women into active protagonists in improving the quality of life of their community. Also in 2011 the Foundation began the first of three stages of a project to help low-resources farming communities in northern Paraguay (San Pedro) to promote their development through sustainability, efficiency and competitiveness of their production units, with technical assistance, infrastructure, supplies and training. This project will benefit 500 families (approximately 2,500 people). In 2014 the work of the Moises Bertoni Foundation with Monsanto continues.
Learn more on Moisés Bertoni Foundation: http://www.mbertoni.org.py/
- Red Argentina de Bancos de Alimentos (Argentine Food Bank Network)- - Argentina
The Argentine Food Bank Network is a non-profit Civil Association formed by the 17 existing banks in the country. It was created in June 2003 to promote working together and strengthen the tools each one of them has in order to reduce hunger and promote education on nutrition in Argentina.
At Monsanto we collaborate with the network providing training on the latest useful tools in Management to improve the work of the food bank directors. So far, 36 directors and vice-directors were benefited by these courses that offered an opportunity to share and exchange experiences on good practices.
Learn more about the Argentine Food Bank Network: http://redbancosdealimentos.org/
- Providencia Center (CONIN) Pergamino- Argentina
CONIN was founded in the city of Mendoza (Argentina) on September 4th, 1993 by Dr. Abel Albino, and aims to combat child malnutrition. At Monsanto we cooperate with the program implemented at the Providencia Center in the city of Pergamino, Province of Buenos Aires. Through this project, which focuses on the areas of nutrition, stimulation and society, we strengthen and implement this program in 7 new centers of urban and rural primary care, trying to be close to mothers who are at risk.
In workshops and in individual interviews mothers, learn the basics of healthy eating, hygiene and the importance of breastfeeding. During the two years in which we have been carrying out this project, the beneficiaries were 105 mothers (pregnant women and mothers with children up to 2 years) and their children.
Lear more about Centro Providencia Red CONIN: http://centroprovidencia.blogspot.com.ar/
- Agricultural and Livestock Farmers Association – Lajitas Group- Argentina
Monsanto and Agricultural and Livestock Farmers Association, Lajitas Group, developed the "Let’s Think Lajitas Together" project that seeks to systematize and implement a training model of local referents and young members in the community of Las Lajitas, Salta, on topics related to leadership, teamwork, building citizenship, public-private cooperation, among others, faced from a perspective aiming at personal and community development.
In addition, this initiative seeks to create an enabling environment for strengthening the social network space, both for community referents and institutions convened within the community and the region (schools, organizations, companies and public agencies) to be able to develop and share community development projects.
Therefore, it enables local referents, especially teachers, school headmasters and leaders of social organizations to perform on their own a thorough diagnosis of their district and its existing needs, so on a second stage, they are able to promptly work on each of these needs.
The project started in December 2012 and ended in March 2014. Coordination was provided by AACREA (Argentine Association of Regional Consortia for Agricultural Experimentation), through its programs Leaders and EduCrea, which are specialists in these subjects in rural and semi rural environments.
Through this initiative, the number of direct beneficiaries is 30 people from Las Lajitas and indirectly about 550 inhabitants of this town (kids, young people and adults).
- EduCREA- Argentina
At Monsanto we participate in projects to empower the network of local educational referents, transferring the governance of actions carried forward towards improving educational quality in their schools, with an eye on local and regional development.
The idea of the project is to assign GRUPO CREA ESCUELAS as the lead manager. This group meets every month in each school of these communities, and in a typical CREA meeting, addresses issues related to needs, management and problems of these schools.
The initiative will directly benefit a group of about 96 people (teachers and students) and in an indirect way a population of 270 people in the following locations: Cordoba Center area: Rio Cuarto, Jovita, Villa Rossi, Vicuña Mackenna, Melo, Adelia Maria Laboulaye, Serrano, Monte Buey Inriville / / Santa Fe: Rufino
- Wildlife Conservation Society – Paraguay
As from 2014 at Monsanto we will support the Wildlife Conservation Society project "Capacity Building for two Nivacle communities in the Paraguayan Chaco." It consists of technical and organizational support to indigenous communities and Mistolar and Fischat districts, in order to optimizing their economic self-sufficiency, improving the sustainability and profitability of certain agricultural products (honey and its by-products).
Thanks to this initiative that aims at increasing household income, as each family has at least one member trained to produce honey and by-products in a more sustainable way.
The project will benefit 300 people directly and 900 individuals were indirectly favored.