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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, we hope to foster an open, science-based dialog 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 have faced some challenges in increasing transparency in 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?

First, we're introducing summarized test results and evaluations, which are available for download on this website. Additional information will be provided through videos, infographics and other sources (i.e. links and documents) to help put regulatory science into context.

In the next phase, you will also be able to request access to full, in-depth safety study reports and GM crop submission documents. We want anyone - from an interested person to a member of the scientific community - to be able to access the information in a way that is quick and easy to understand.

 

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 study reports 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.

 

Insights 

We want you to better understand what we do 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