Our Top Priority
The Monsanto Pledge is our company-wide commitment to how we do business. Our pledge includes the following commitment: The safety of our employees, the communities where we operate, our customers, consumers and the environment will be our highest priority.
VPP Star – Safety in the Workplace
In 2006, Monsanto Hawaii became the first agricultural company in the state to receive a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification, the top safety classification administered under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In 2011, Monsanto Hawaii’s Molokai farm followed suit, and was the first company on Molokai to become a VPP Star site.
In Hawaii, the VPP is also known as “Hana Po`okela” (Excellent Work), and is administered by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The program recognizes employers who meet exemplary standards in workplace safety and health. Nationally, less than one-tenth of one percent of companies are in a voluntary protection program.
Achieving the VPP Star designation is usually a multi-year effort, involving an extensive series of safety audits, inspections, employee training programs, meticulous record-keeping, trends analysis, improvements to the workplace and visits by OSHA inspectors.
Monsanto’s farms on Oahu recently became eligible to begin the multi-year application process for VPP Star certification.