Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Names Monsanto Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality

Company Receives 100 Percent Rating On HRC’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) For Fourth Consecutive Year

Monsanto has been named by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The distinction comes with the company earning a perfect score of 100 percent on the HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Monsanto is one of only 366 major businesses across all U.S. industries to earn the top score.

“We’re very proud to have this organization and our people be recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” said John Purcell, Hawaii business and technology lead for Monsanto Hawaii. “Our company is passionate about the work we do to find sustainable agricultural solutions and we attribute much of our success to our company’s ability to attract and develop talented employees with diverse backgrounds. We believe that an inclusive workplace where everyone are treated equally allows individuals to truly bring their best and most innovative ideas to the organization.

The 2015 CEI rated 971 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and

practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. Monsanto’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”

“In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world. Monsanto not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

Third party organizations continue to recognize Monsanto as an employer of choice. In 2014,

Monsanto was named eighth among the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place To Work Institute. The company also received awards recognizing its employees’ innovation, leadership, and workplace satisfaction by Forbes (World’s Most Innovative Companies), Science Magazine (Science Careers Top Employers), CR Magazine (100 Best Corporate Citizens), Computerworld (100 Best Places to Work in IT), DiversityInc. (Top 50 Companies for Diversity), MIT Technology Review (50 Smartest Companies) and Chief Executive (40 Best Companies for Leaders). For more information on these recognitions and others, see Monsanto’s list of workplace recognitions.

About Human Rights Campaign:

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.