Monsanto Scales Up Ecosystems Training

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Monsanto Scales Up Ecosystems Training

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 2:00pm

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In an effort to increase understanding of ecosystems and biodiversity internally, WBCSD member company Monsanto has recently decided to scale up Business Ecosystems Training (BET) for its Sustainability Champions Core Team and Environmental Affairs team. Until now, Monsanto had given BET to about 50 employees worldwide. New classes will be offered next year using an online training program adapted to the agricultural sector, and a special program for leaders across the organization.

Monsanto’s BET is based on the WBCSD’s trailblazing work in this area. Realizing that there was a gap in the understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the WBCSD released a capacity building BET program in 2011, with the aim to equip companies with the skills they need to better understand but also measure, manage and mitigate their ecosystem impacts and dependencies. According to a United Nations Global Compact Survey, 86% of CEOs think that companies should invest in enhanced training of managers to integrate sustainability into strategy and operations.

“We can foresee that integrating natural capital considerations into companies’ decision making will increasingly become central to the way businesses operate, and will require business leaders with new sets of skills,” said James Griffiths, Managing Director of Natural Capital at the WBCSD. “By more widely implementing the BET program internally, Monsanto demonstrates that it has well understood the challenge. It is training across its operations a new generation of leaders that fully understands the need to sustain ecological life support systems for healthy people, and a healthy planet.”

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Keywords: Responsible Business & Employee Engagement | Brazil | Business Ecosystems Training | Environment | Gabriela Burian | Innovation & Technology | James Griffiths | Mexico | Monsanto | Peru | Responsible Production & Consumption

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