Committee Name: Monsanto Board of Directors, 1956
Organ: Councils, Boards, and Courts (CBCs)
Undersecretary-General: Jaebok Lee
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Claudia Leonor
Chair and Crisis Manager: Andreas Paraskevopoulos and Madison Pravecek
Topic A: Domestic Rivalries
Topic B: International Expansion
Topic C: Building the Company Image
The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.
A Letter from the Chair
Monsanto is an agriculture company that delivers products to farmers all around the world. Its goal is supporting farmers to be more productive, while conserving natural resources. The people participating will be board members of Monsanto, as well as individuals representing lobbies and different interests. To achieve its goals Monsanto develops products that are often exclusive and unique, thus making it one of the leading companies in the field.
This committee will focus on patent theft, which could generate significant losses for Monsanto, should its methods be revealed, thus breaking its technological and innovative edge. The committee will focus on how to respond to this breach, to whom the company should reach out, and what legal action it should take.
Furthermore, an important feature of companies is their public image. Public opinion is vey important, as it is a key factor affecting the company’s sales, and is directly correlated with its market share. If the company loses its credibility among the people, then it will face setbacks ranging from loss of profit, to the firing of employees, and even of some plants. It is thus critical that you come up with methods that will ensure the company’s continuity, will secure its profits, and could even lead to further expansion.
I expect an excellent weekend of debate, innovative solutions, and collaborative effort. I look forward to meeting you all.
Chair, Monsanto Board of Directors
A Letter from the Crisis Manager
My name is Madison Pravecek and it is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to the 1956 annual meeting of the Monsanto Board of Directors. It is the duty of the Board to craft the policies and practices necessary to carry Monsanto to success, as well as deal with issues (be they political, economic, or environmental) as they arise. Members of the board will come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from business to agriculture to defense. Throughout the meeting the board members will be grappling with two major themes: patent protection and agribusiness development.
When the board members first arrive they will be briefed on a major breach of intellectual property. Members will need to coordinate both internally and externally on how to best recover their patent and protect future intellectual property. Concurrently, the board members will be dealing with a host of other issues that will arise throughout the meeting. International trade deals with India as they enter the Green Revolution; domestic protests against Monsanto’s ethics; solicitation by the Department of Defense to weaponize biotechnology are all examples of potential occurrences the board members will have to respond to in a way which not only upholds Monsanto’s public image, but also furthers its business and political aims.
The Monsanto Board of Directors committee is designed to give the delegates the experience of a fast-paced crisis committees, while also working to a larger overarching policy product. As the debate centers at the crux of business, science, and policy, the delegates should expect a dynamic committee, and be ready to respond to a wide host of issues. While a comprehensive guide will be provided, delegates should look into the basic history of Monsanto, as well as issues of biotechnology during the late 1950s.
This is a topic of personal passion, and I am incredibly excited for this committee. I expect interesting discussion, thoughtful collaboration, and (above all) innovation.
Crisis Manager, Monsanto Board of Directors