How to Find, Hire & Integrate Global Talent Into Your Workforce

How can do you find the best talent globally and integrate them into your culture?

How to Find, Hire & Integrate Global Talent Into Your Workforce

How can do you find the best global talent and integrate them into your culture?

How do you find the best talent globally and integrate them into your culture? Melissa Harper, vice president of Global Talent Acquisition at Monsanto, discusses the answer and shares the multinational company's innovative best practices for talent acquisition and the integration of new hires.

Monsanto, No. 44 in the 2012 DiversityInc Top 50, is one of nine leading companies that presented at our Innovation Fest! diversity event held in New York City.

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Video Minutes

0:00:00 About Monsanto

0:02:32 Monsanto's Recruiting Challenges

0:05:36 A New "People Strategy"

0:07:38 Three-Part Talent Acquisition Model

0:09:05 Integrating Talent Acquisition and Diversity

0:13:43 Leadership Liasons

0:15:17 Nine Employee Networks

0:16:19 Diversity Action Plan

0:17:57 Talent Development Scorecard

0:19:02 Quarterly Diversity Calendar

0:19:57 Success Stories

Monsanto: Mark Edge on WEMA, the Fall Armyworm and farmers in Africa

Mark Edge, Director of Collaborations for Developing Countries at Monsanto, talks about WEMA, the initiative that uses Bt maize to eradicate a harmful pest and help smallholder farmers in Africa.


By Mark Edge

Originally Published by Monsanto.

My work at Monsanto over the years has offered me many new challenges – lately I'm working with a team on the complex issue of helping smallholder farmers in Africa get better seed to help them manage the threats to their maize crops.

The WEMA collaboration

In 2008, we entered into a public-private partnership to develop Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID.

WEMA is a collaborative partnership that strives to improve food security and livelihoods among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa by developing drought-tolerant and insect-resistant maize that is adapted to their conditions. Monsanto has provided the royalty-free use of technologies for these traits, so that small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa can access the newest technology in hybrid maize.

The Fall Armyworm problem

The insect-resistance trait has become increasingly important because of the destructive Fall Armyworm pest. First identified in 2016 in Africa, it has rapidly advanced across the continent making a devastating impact on maize production. With no effective natural predators, this pest rapidly reproduces and causes significant crop damage, reducing the yields needed to meet a growing demand for food, fuel and fibre.

While the Fall Armyworm is commonly found in the US and is a prominent pest in Brazil, it is new to Africa. In the US and Brazil, it is mostly controlled with genetically modified (GM) maize together with other integrated pest management practices. Unfortunately, in most of Africa, they don't yet have approvals for GM maize and their options to control the pest are mostly limited to a few pesticides which often don't work well.

The Fall Armyworm has now hurt maize yields – a staple food for over 300 million people – in over 30 African countries. Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa rely heavily on maize and produce it for direct consumption.

The solution

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that can be used to control insects and has been used as a biological foliar spray by organic farmers to control caterpillars such as Fall Armyworm.

Bt maize was introduced over 20 years ago in the US, and has been used in South Africa, South America, Asia and a few countries in Europe for more than 10 years. However, Bt as an applied biological control has been around for over 50 years, and has been used around the world by farmers and gardeners as an insect control product.

To promote understanding and acceptance of GM maize that could benefit many farmers, Monsanto collaborates with WEMA to introduce Bt maize for smallholder farmers in Africa.

This GM technology has revolutionised insect pest management and has proven to be a safe and effective way to combat pests and help ensure bountiful harvests.

Farmers plant their crops in hopes of reaping the full potential in the seeds that they purchase. Bt maize helps protect that genetic potential and minimises the negative impact of insects, and other pests, like Fall Armyworm. It is much needed and could be an excellent addition to an integrated pest management toolbox for farmers in Africa.

Monsanto Company Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant Announces Intent to Leave Monsanto Upon Closing of Bayer Acquisition

Over his 35-year tenure with the company, he has worked for Monsanto on three continents, managing key elements of the global business and helping to diversify the company's products and solutions for growers.


Monsanto Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant announced today his intent to leave Monsanto at the closing of the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer AG. Grant will maintain his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until closing, continuing to focus on leading the company on its top objectives of securing deal approval and delivering on its underlying business priorities. Bayer continues to target closing in the second calendar quarter of 2018.

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Monsanto's Shannon Hauf Talks Leadership with Sara Menker

Hauf asks Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence who recently spoke with Monsanto's Women in Science Network, what advice she would give to aspiring female leaders.

Shannon Hauf, Global Cotton, Wheat, and Specialty Crops Technology Lead at Monsanto Company sat down with Sara Menker, Founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, when she visited Monsanto (No. 39 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) to speak with the company's Women in Science Network (WiSE).

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