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Why
Transparency?
Companies do not typically share the results of their studies with the general public, as much of the information is considered commercially sensitive. We aim to remove the barriers surrounding access to detailed information on the safety of our products. By enabling access to product safety information and regulatory submission documents in parallel with background materials and information on our rigorous crop protection safety standards, we hope to foster an open, science-based dialogue on products and techniques used in modern agriculture.
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Why Transparency?
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People worry about the use of biotechnology to improve plants, pesticides in their food, their health, and the health of our pollinators and the environment. Conflicting messages dominate media and social networks, making it difficult for people to separate fact from fiction. Mistrust is amplified when the public doubts the integrity of privately-funded research studies, or if they think the industry is hiding something from them.

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Why now?

We initially faced some challenges in increasing transparency with regards to safety-related regulatory documents. That's because the protection of our intellectual property, including our own safety research, is the lifeblood of any innovation company. We had to analyze how to balance transparency with ensuring that confidential business information does not fall into the hands of competitors.

 

What?

We have enabled access to summarized test results and evaluations on our crop protection products, and you can request access to the full safety study reports. You can also consult key US regulatory submission documents on our GM crops.  

 

We want to provide you with the tools to put the science behind our products into context – which is why we are also providing informative modules with videos, infographics and explainers on the topics of crop protection, genetic modification and plant breeding

 

As a next step, we are disclosing detailed information on our crop protection safety standards. These are the rules and criteria we apply to ensure that our crop protection products do not pose a risk to human health or an unacceptable risk to the environment if used according to label instructions. Our safety standards reflect methodologies defined by international organizations like the FAO and OECD, as well as by the many regulatory authorities that assess our crop protection products. These methodologies are the result of an open dialogue between specialists from these organizations, industry, NGOs and research organizations. They continuously evolve based on the latest scientific insights. 

 

What can you learn?

Reports - Phase 1

Summaries of active substances study information for ecotoxicology, environmental fate, toxicology, and residues. These summaries already contain all the scientific information we have in a condensed format.

 

Reports - Phase 2

Full safety study reports for our crop protection active substances which may be as long as several thousand pages, including all the details on experimental setup and results. Additionally, US regulatory submission documents and safety summaries are being made available for our commercialized GM crop products.

 

Crop protection safety standards - Phase 3

Documents that lay out the safety standards we use to develop crop protection products that can be used without risks to human health or unacceptable risks to the environment if used according to label instructions – from operator, dietary and environmental safety standpoints. The risk-based approach involves determining the hazard of the crop protection product, comparing this with operator, consumer or environmental exposure, and finally identifying the necessary safety measures. 

 

Insights 

We want you to help answer the questions you might have and will use different formats like scroll stories, short videos, and other helpful materials for illustration.

 

We appreciate your understanding

We have to respect our scientists' privacy and therefore are not sharing their names and addresses. These parts are blacked out.

We do the same for confidential business information which we do not want to see falling into the hands of competitors.

 

This takes an immense effort because it requires a step-by-step check of each study. Please understand that we cannot work on all substances at the same time.

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The journey

Our safety experts, scientists, data specialists, and contract lawyers have to cooperate globally throughout the disclosure process.

 

Move through the different steps to see what is required before we can disclose information for one single substance or GM product.

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They are responsible for ensuring that the disclosure of data does not conflict with the interests of third parties, e.g. that we are the owner of the data and allowed to disclose them. They also check if confidential business information is contained in the documents which need to be blackened.

 

What are the challenges?

Our goal is to ensure public access to our safety data while protecting our know-how and investment in safety studies against misuse.

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They are responsible for performing and reporting safety studies around the globe, working with Regulatory Managers to compile the studies for this Transparency Initiative. They will help to answer your questions about our studies.

 

What are the challenges?

Our goal is to have an open dialogue with you about our science. Please remember, there are more of you than us, so it may take a little while for us to answer your questions.

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They are responsible for the documents we disclose and they work with the various functions to make sure that the information is complete.

 

What are the challenges?

Our goal is to make sure you have access to our safety data from around the world while protecting the data ownership rights of our third-party partners.

Documentation Specialists

 

They are responsible for managing hundreds of thousands of documents including all of the safety-relevant study summaries and reports which are required in the Transparency Initiative to make them available on our platform.

 

What are the challenges?

Our goal is to ensure our safety information is made available to you as quickly as possible while protecting the privacy of our scientists and safeguarding our confidential business information. We are working through hundreds of thousands of pages. So please be patient with us!

External stakeholders being involved in the process

 

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Industry collaborators
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Authorities
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Scientific Collaborators