The Monsanto Human Rights Policy, adopted in April 2006, is an important manifestation of the company’s values as described in the Monsanto Pledge. The policy is a mechanism by which we will hold ourselves accountable and demonstrate our commitment to human rights as we conduct our business globally. Monsanto will work to identify and do business with partners who aspire in the conduct of their businesses to ethical standards that are consistent with this policy.
Our Human Rights Policy is guided by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which provides the most widely recognized definition of human rights, and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Monsanto’s policy addresses circumstances unique to farming and the agricultural industry, including seasonal production.
Monsanto’s Human Rights Policy identifies nine elements on which Monsanto will focus its human rights efforts. These nine elements, as included in the Human Rights Employee Guidebook, are:
- Child Labor
- Forced Labor
- Working Hours
- Harassment and Violence
- Freedom of Association
- Legal Compliance