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Monsanto Attempts to Balance Stakeholder Interests

March 12, 2018
Monsanto Attempts to Balance Stakeholder Interests 1
Monsanto Attempts to Balance Stakeholder Interests
Team 6
This case discusses Monsanto; the world’s largest seed company and biotechnology specialist,
and its attempts to balance stakeholder interests. Having been founded in 1901, Monsanto has
faced a number of legal obstacles, as well as received scrutiny for their work on genetically
modified food. The criticism and lawsuits against the organization led to the company attempting
to become socially responsible and maintain an ethical culture. This case also highlights how
Monsanto has estblished itself as the world’s leader in the selling of GM seeds, the rebuilding of
their reputation, and the way Monsanto used its criticism attempt to change and become more
beneficial to its stakeholders and their interests.
Case Question:
Monsanto Attempts to Balance Stakeholder Interests 2
1. Does Monsanto maintain an ethical culture that effectively responds to various
stakeholders? (Jonathan)
In recent years, Monsanto; the world’s largest seed company, which specializes in
biotechnology, or the genetic manipulation of organisms, has begun to take steps towards
maintaining an ethical culture. Although they have tried and made a few of the steps necessary to
become a socially responsible corporation, they fail to efficiently maintain an ethical culture that
responds to its various stakeholders. Monsanto has tried to maximize its efficiency through the
incorporation of biotechnology, but still, faces criticism from a large number of consumers. For
instance, “critics accuse the multinational giant of attempting to take over the world’s food
supply and destroying biodiversity. Since biotechnology is relatively new, critics also express
concerns about the possibility of negative health and environmental effects from biotech food”
(Jolley, Sawayda, 2015, p. 382). This is in part due to Monsanto ruining its reputation through
its past unethical behavior.
In the 1970s Monsanto experienced a legal setback when it produced a chemical
named Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The purpose of this chemical was to defrost
Vietnam’s thick jungles. However, “Agent Orange contained dioxin, a chemical that caused a
legal nightmare for Monsanto. Dioxin was found to be extremely carcinogenic, and in 1979 a