After the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, particularly in the southern zone of Puerto Rico, both Monsanto and its local operation, Monsanto Caribe LLC, have increased their support and community relations efforts to help their neighboring communities in Juana Díaz and Santa Isabel.
On September 29, Monsanto mobilized a group of employees from its plant breeding, procurement, engineering, and safety teams, as well as a doctor to evaluate the situation at its Juana Díaz station, and to help local employees and residents with diverse needs.
During the months of September and October 2017, Monsanto donated $ 1.03 million through financial and in-kind contributions to support emergency response and assistance efforts in Puerto Rico.
“Monsanto and Monsanto Caribe have put at our disposal company resources so we can concentrate our extensive and continuous community efforts to help our neighbors of Juana Díaz and Santa Isabel affected by Hurricane Maria,” said Miguel Pereira, the Monsanto Puerto Rico Community Affairs Manager. “As community leaders express their needs, we continue to help and support them to meet those needs, to the extent that it is within our reach,” Pereira added.
These donations included: ice bags; drinking water; portable sanitary services; roof tarps; controlled and over the counter medications; insulin for diabetic patients; first aid kits; personal protection and safety equipment; personal hygiene kits; food, baby food and water.
The company also worked with FEMA, other leaders in the biotechnology industry, and non-profit organizations to continue supporting recovery efforts. Learn more about these efforts in the next pages.