Growing up on a West Texas cotton farm, graduating from Texas A&M University and teaching vocational agriculture on the Texas High Plains prepared Scott Baucum, Esq., well for his roles at Monsanto. Baucum began as a sales rep before going back to receive a law degree from Texas Tech. After practicing law, he returned to Monsanto during the launch of Monsanto's first biotech-improved seed traits. After 11 years in Product Stewardship, Baucum moved to his current role, where he is responsible for the implementation of Monsanto's Code of Business Conduct, Anti-Corruption Policy and other compliance initiatives.
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Q: Is it true that Monsanto, the leading producer of GMO has been convicted of fraud (1983), bribery of government officials (2005), and false advertising (2007)? If this is true why should we trust any information from a website which is sponsored by...
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 12:27 am
Answered By: Scott Baucum, Director of Business Conduct, Monsanto, Friday, 9/27/2013 4:54 pm
A: I researched your question, and have answered each concern individually: I am not aware any situation in which Monsanto has been convicted of fraud. However, I would be happy to look into this allegation again if you can provide more specific information.Monsanto also has not been convicted of bribery. However, we did find suspect payments to a consultant in connection with his interaction with a government official during an internal audit of our business in Indonesia around... Continue Reading
Q: How much money has Monsanto given to government entities in order to make sure the food you create in a lab is sold to the public without question?
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 2:15 pm
Answered By: Scott Baucum, Director of Business Conduct, Monsanto, Wednesday, 8/07/2013 7:40 pm
A: Monsanto does not give any money to government entities in order to secure approvals. Monsanto follows the regulatory requirements of each country and deploys a strict program to assure against corruption in the actions of our own employees, as well as in the actions of third parties who perform or engage on our behalf. All of the people working at or on behalf of Monsanto have a responsibility to act with integrity—and not just in certain situations, or when someone is... Continue Reading
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