JUANA DIAZ, PR – Inspired by a 34-year-old college tradition and in keeping with the company’s commitment to support local communities, Monsanto employees across the United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico have designated August 12th as Monsanto Gives Back Day.
In Puerto Rico, employees of the Monsanto Juana Diaz manufacturing division and the Women’s Network gave their support to residents of the Community Santi, also located in Juana Diaz. On the evening of August 11, employees offered a talk and printed educational material on natural disaster safety and prevention, with emphasis on the current hurricane season, in collaboration with Ricardo Negrón of the Juana Diaz Municipal Emergency Management Office (OMME). Employees also distributed LED flashlights, tote bags and company printed material. During the day of August 12, Monsanto Company’s staff removed debris and solid waste, in addition to painting speed bumps on the road that leads to and areas around the Santi Community.
This year’s volunteer event has expanded to include 1,500 employees at nearly 40 sites supporting Monsanto’s Manufacturing, Row Crop, Breeding, Chemical Manufacturing, and Technology Development & Agronomy divisions. About 950 employees participated in last summer’s inaugural event by cleaning up parks and roadsides in their communities, completing household tasks for elderly citizens and harvesting produce to stock local food pantries, to name a few of the projects.
Monsanto Gives Back Day was inspired by The Big Event, a one-day community service project started by Texas A&M University students in 1982. Monsanto employees Hannah Neuenschwander and Fernanda Cabrera participated as undergraduates at the school and decided to start something similar at their new company.
This year’s Monsanto Gives Back Day is expected to generate more than 4,500 hours of service in local communities across the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information on Monsanto’s community outreach efforts around the world, including volunteer activity, please visit the company’s 2015 Sustainability Report.
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About Monsanto Caribe
Since 1998, Monsanto Caribe LLC has been part of the Puerto Rican seed breeding industry, using the tools of modern biology to help farmers successfully feed, clothe and fuel our growing world. Monsanto’s operations on the island consist of agricultural biotechnology research and development of the best corn, cotton and soy seeds for farmers. The objective is to find the most desirable traits to improve crops and develop new seed with such traits. In Puerto Rico, the company has earned such honors as the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Los Mejores Patronos en Puerto Rico Award in the Medium Business Category, as well as being inducted in the Puerto Rican Agriculture Hall of Fame in April of 2013. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. For information in Spanish, please visit www.monsanto.pr, and follow our business on Facebook® at facebook.com/monsantopuertorico.