Monsanto Rewarded for Sustainable Water Management
From left: Annick Pleysier, Regulatory Affairs Lead EMEA for Monsanto; Fritz Barth, Co-Chairman of the European Water Partnership; Marc Van Peel, Chair of the Antwerp Harbor; Frank Lingier, Plant Manager Monsanto Antwerp; Kathleen Goossens, ERM Principal Partner; and Wilfried Platteau, Lead Auditor at Vinçotte
Monsanto Co.’s Antwerp site is claimed to be the first in Flanders to receive a gold-level European Water Stewardship (EWS) certificate. It was announced by the company Wednesday.
The certificate acknowledges Monsanto’s expertise in sustainable water management. This award strengthens the Antwerp facility’s leadership role in the Port of Antwerp in terms of water management.
Monsanto says it has been investing in innovative technology to guarantee efficient and high-quality water management. In the coming years, Monsanto will continue to invest in sustainable water use, with the ultimate objective of innovating in the use of wastewater treatment for acceptable reuse on-site.
Monsanto says it is the first company in the chemical sector in Belgium to obtain a gold-level European Water Stewardship certificate. The EWS certificate, developed by the European Water Partnership, rewards the efforts of companies in the area of sustainable water management.
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Water management at Monsanto’s Antwerp site was assessed by the independent agency Vinçotte. The certificate confirms the leadership role of Monsanto in terms of water management at the Port of Antwerp, it was stated by the company.
The Antwerp Monsanto site employs 800 people to produce chemical products for four different companies, including Henkel, Eastman and Ferro in addition to Monsanto.
Monsanto produces seeds for fruits, vegetables and other key crops – such as maize, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently.