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No. 27 | Monsanto


  • Monsanto moves up 12 spots to number 27.
  • Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant is very engaged in Monsanto’s inclusion and diversity efforts. He chairs the executive diversity council and meets with the company’s resource groups quarterly.
  • The killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer in 2014 sparked a need for a dialogue around race and bias. Headquartered in St. Louis, Monsanto, engaged its senior leadership, to develop its own unconscious bias training for its employees, including all of its global leaders.
  • Business leaders and scientists in the company partner with HR to provide training and educate on the cultural and business impact of bias. 5,000 of its leaders around the globe have taken the training.
  • Because Monsanto’s people leaders have the ability to shape its culture, the company provides each of them with an annual Inclusion Index to drive improvement. Many have enrolled in its Breaking Bias workshop, an advanced training module, to improve their Inclusion Index scores.

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Monsanto is a global modern agriculture company. We develop products and tools to help farmers around the world grow crops while using energy, water, and land more efficiently. We believe innovation has the potential to bring humanity’s needs in balance with the resources of our planet.

Integrity, respect, and transparency are core values, and acting as good corporate citizens in each country where we operate is at the foundation of our work. Creating an inclusive environment where employees of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds and orientations feel welcome and able to contribute is at the heart of creating a Great Place to Work. Our more than 20,000 employees proudly reflect the society we live in and demonstrate the value of diverse thinking in bringing best in class agriculture solutions for the benefit of all.

Having an inclusive culture, people and business processes are a priority to success in our global market. Our emphasis on inclusion while continuing to keep our focus on diversity allows us to attract, develop, and retain a more diverse and representative talent base across demographics, culture and experiential backgrounds. Our business resource networks, supplier diversity program, University partnerships and scholarships, and targeted outreach programs are just a few of the ways we attract and support our employees.

Our people leaders have the ability to shape our culture, so we provide each of them with an Inclusion Index annually to drive improvement. 5,000 of our leaders around the globe have taken our unconscious bias training. Many are enrolling now in our breaking bias workshop, an advanced training module to improve their Inclusion Index scores.

We take great pride in the diversity of our company and the inclusive culture we continue to develop.


Hugh Grant

“Innovation happens best when we bring people with diverse mindsets and backgrounds together to tackle major challenges, such as sustainably feeding the growing world. Embracing inclusion and diversity is foundational to the success of our business, our employees, our customers and our communities.”


Melissa Harper
Vice President — Global Talent and Chief Diversity Officer

“Inclusion and diversity are vital to effectively serve customers in all regions of the world. Diverse perspectives and experiences help us see farmers’ challenges in new and different ways, supporting our efforts to create innovative agricultural solutions and offer a great place to work for our employees.”



U.S. Headquarters: St. Louis, Mo.

Global Employees: 20,290

Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 39

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