Monsanto Company has once again been recognized by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Monsanto earned the honor based upon its strong leadership in creating progressive programs for its workforce in the areas of advancement of women, flexibility, childcare, and paid parental leave.
“Working parents often seek balance when juggling their careers and fulfilling the needs of their families,” said Steve Mizell, Monsanto’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are conscious that sometimes parents, especially working moms, may need extra support. Monsanto has been intentional in ensuring that our benefits are focused on providing a myriad of networking, mentoring, and career development opportunities. In turn, we’ve been able to retain more of our working moms over the last several years.”
The magazine also highlights Chrissy Lawrence, president of Monsanto’s active Family Network who is being recognized as the company’s 2017 Working Mother of the Year, as well as Monsanto’s comprehensive maternity leave policy, which allows women who give birth or adopt 12 guaranteed weeks of leave, with four to 10 weeks of that time fully paid. It also features an employee story from Kim Skinner, a bulk operations manager who navigated through her son’s health challenges using the company’s various health benefit programs and services.
Other ag firms included on the 2017 list are: Boehringer Ingelheim, DuPont, Eli Lilly and Company, Merck, and Zoetis.
This year’s winning companies know the value of keeping their employee moms engaged and supported,” said Meredith Bodgas, Working Mother’s Editor-in-Chief. “They use schedule flexibility, paid parental leave, and family benefits to ensure that parents can develop meaning careers while leading satisfying home lives.”