Our business and the communities in which we operate are mutually dependent. Corporate citizenship has long been embedded into AGCO’s values and guides our interactions with our employees, our customers, our suppliers and our dealers. We value our record of positive, productive community relations and consider it an investment for our stakeholders. To achieve and maintain impact for our community involvement, we strive to be a thoughtful citizen of the communities in which we operate by being recognized as an employer of choice and making positive contributions that improve the lives of our neighbors.
Our dealer network is a local touch point for our business in communities around the world. Developing joint programs with dealers strengthens their community ties and puts us closer to the needs of our customers.
Helping future generations and investing in the future of agriculture have been a focus of the partnership between AGCO companies and the National FFA Organization for more than 60 years. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Since 2011 AGCO has joined with more than 50 Massey Ferguson and Challenger dealers in the U.S. to fund FFA scholarships annually.
Helping farmers maintain their livelihoods through more profitable agricultural operations is another way we impact communities in a positive manner. Farms that are financially healthy create jobs and grow the local economy in their area.
The front lines of that effort can be found in Africa. A central focus of our annual AGCO Africa Summit has been to identify the most effective ways to build agricultural capacity that supports local communities and adequate nutrition for the world’s expanding population. The forum brings together experts and thought leaders to discuss and exchange ideas about solutions for Africa’s most pressing problems, taking into account economic, environmental and social factors.
The Summit is but one component of a broad-based commitment to increase our investment in Africa – totaling some $100 million over a five-year period. Future Farm in Chalimbana, Zambia, for example, provides farmers hands-on training and access educational programs to build capacity within African food production systems. We also use the farm’s Training Center to train our African distributors and dealers in all areas of their business to help support our expansion throughout Africa. These and other efforts are designed to expand knowledge and assist local farmers in spurring agricultural development across the continent.