Agriculture Shines in Working Mother's '100 Best' List

September 29, 2016 12:00 PM

Working Mother magazine has released its list of the top 100 companies for working moms. Among the companies honored have substantial agribusiness sectors, including Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Boehinger Ingelheim, Ely Lilly, Merck, Novartis and Zoetis.

Winners were judged on a variety of metrics, including leave policies, workforce representation, benefits, childcare, advancement programs and flexibility policies.

Some, such as Dow, have taken specific measures to help new parents adjust their work-life balance.

"We recently made significant changes to our global policies to better accommodate working mothers by offering a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave for the eligible birthmother, and up to two weeks for the non-birthing parent,” according to Dow spokesperson Johanna Soderstrom. “The changes also include flexible work arrangement options, request to limit business travel, and shipment of breast milk back home during travel.”

Zoetis made the list for the third consecutive year based on its health and wellness offerings, back-up childcare, adoption assistance and tuition aid programs.

“We are proud to be recognized for our leadership in establishing policies, programs and a corporate culture that helps not only working mothers - but all colleagues - maintain a healthy work-life balance,” according to spokesperson Roxanne Lagano.

Click here to see the entire 100 Best list. Interested in learning more about the upcoming Executive Women in Agriculture conference in December? Visit to learn more.

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