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KWS, founded in 1856, is a family-owned plant-breeding company which, together with its subsidiaries, today has a global operational and sales presence in over 70 countries. KWS has 30 breeding stations and 150 testing stations that focus on moderate climatic zones in Europe, North and South America and China. It operates primarily through its maize, sugar beet and cereals divisions. As of 2019, vegetable seed company Pop Vriend Seeds is a subsidiary of KWS.

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Governance and strategy

#1 4.2 /10 #120


#1 2.1 /30 #248


#1 0.0 /30 #278

Social inclusion

#1 7.2 /30 #123
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Segment Rank
Agricultural inputs #33

Segment ranking summary

KWS ranks 33rd in the agricultural input segment. As such, it stands at the bottom half of the segmentand largely lags behind its seeds’ peers due to a lack of relevant disclosure. The company fails to show leadership across all relevant topics, providing no evidence of leading practice. KWS lags in all measurement areas compared to its peers, except in social inclusion thanks to its commitment and performance in farmer productivity and resilience.

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The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

More about the company

Einbeck, Germany
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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