Monsanto can never hope to meet its pledge to honesty and integrity while run by a man who is already proven to have failed to deliver honest business dealings in the area of company operations for which he had specific responsibility.
Here's Monsanto's resume for their President and Chief Executive Officer, Hugh Grant.
It says under "Work History":
"Managing Director, *all Monsanto business units in Southeast Asia*, Australia and New Zealand." [emphasis added]
Another Monsanto profile of Hugh Grant shows that he was the man in charge of the Asia Pacific region, including all the company's agricultural business operations there, from 1995-98.
The five years of corrupt payments in Indonesia began in 1997, ie Grant was in charge at the time.
The corruption scandal was no minor affair, involving as it did illegal payments of over $700,000 to over 140 current and former gov. officials, and their family members.
In 1998 Grant was named co-president of the company's agriculture division (presumably, in part, on the basis of his performance in SE Asia) This means that while the Indonesian scandal proceeded, Grant had joint oversight of Monsanto's
agricultural business operations, incl. Indonesia.
The Sunday Herald piece about Grant being under pressure to quit as economic advisor to Scottish Enterprise over the GM bribery case is here:
Jonathan Matthews of GM Watch pointed out in that article that, "This man is steeped in a company culture that allowed this to happen."
Now that we know the rot set in in Indonesia on Grant's watch, it is clear that he is totally unsuitable to be in charge of a company which claims "Integrity is the foundation for all that we do."
Monsanto can never hope to meet that pledge while run by a man who is now proven to have failed to deliver honest business dealings in the area of company operations for which he had specific responsibility.
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