The 2017 Winter School experience could be catalogued as unforgettable for the more than 200 employees belonging to the Supply Chain areas of Chile, Peru, Brazil and Argentina. It consisted of three days that allowed us to once again feel, understand, project and enjoy our work at Monsanto.
We know that it was worth it to take a break from day-to-day dynamics and put things back into perspective to learn from each other, understand where we are going, reflect on our transformation and integration, face change, think differently and innovate in our professional and daily lives, even arriving at new methodologies, such as design thinking.
As such, during these three days we were able to summarize a fundamental part of Monsanto’s path over these years in mini chapters. As Yuri Charme said, not only has the company experienced transformation, we all have. Today, we can see that we are better than before thanks to various factors but mainly because we have invested in people. We have transformed but we are still people that challenge ourselves every day and we are better prepared to successfully achieve goals in the future.
The good thing is that we observed it from experiences, like the case shown to us by Magdalena Baeza and Francisco Castillo, who referred to the impact of the IBP method that enables us to plan better for the long term. Moreover, Loreto Carranza and Rodrigo Riveros presented our improvements in the purchase area and the culture of quality, respectively, which enable faster responses to customers. Likewise, we learned of the experience in Peru from Isaías Segovia’s story about the Home Farms. We listened with interest to Tomás Vega and Pablo Cea, who demonstrated how technology facilitates quick adaptation to natural changes in the field, driving the implementation of new solutions, such as precision sowing, automated systems and the incorporation of satellite images.
Furthermore, our EHS Lead, Patricio Palomo, used exemplifying worlds to summarize the EHS spirit in the SAM Supply Chain. We have successfully taken Environment, Health and Safety from “taking care of ourselves” to “loving ourselves”, which shows the objective our work. We must strive to love what we do, what we have, and the team that gives us support, among others.
Regarding the future, Renán Rodríguez invited us to look ahead proudly. Bayer and Monsanto are in the process of integrating their values, finding common ground and building a new company together. Perhaps the greatest challenge will be to understand that we are transforming from a global company to an international company, which means adjustments to procedures and most of all, adaptation. What is clear is that we have the same purpose: to work with the customer and build the agriculture of the future. To do so, we must accelerate innovation, find integrated solutions and add product portfolios with quality, transparency and integrity.
We are undoubtedly a solid operation and we must demonstrate that we are tremendously capable. Moreover, we know how to enjoy ourselves and innovate. Perhaps that is why it was strange to see the stage in the middle of the room, surrounded by everyone present, but it was there to put the person at the center and give importance and transparency to the messages expressed.
Moreover, we invited people external to our company, who had contributed their expert perspectives on how to keep advancing in our effort to promote diversity and the innovation of our teams, to participate in this initiative.
In another chapter, Mario Sepúlveda, Super Mario, demonstrated that 33 was much more than a number of compatriots trapped in a collapsed mine in Atacama; there were 33 families connected to a country that decided there were no impossible challenges.
Finally, we made the time to go to the field to work with our neighbors on social activities. Organized into groups, we collaborated with Alemania School and the Don Orione Home, which we provide with ongoing support in Paine and Alto Jahuel (Buin). Within the framework of the regional program “SAM Local Development”, which seeks to reincorporate agricultural techniques into the entire school community, educating our neighbors about the importance of composting and building allotments to farm crops for vegetable production, as well as painting some walls to make the facilities more attractive.
A third group met at the Paine plant to put together 15 planters to be distributed to the neighbors of the Melipilla, Paine and Buin plants. The initiative was part of the regional program, “Huertas Familiares”, which enables some of the communities adjacent to the operations to harvest their own foods and become self-sustaining.
Thank you all for your dedication to each of the tasks and activities carried out. Let’s go for more!!!