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Environmental Stewardship

Guided by our core value of environmental stewardship, we protect the environment and strengthen our businesses by making environmental issues an integral part of all business activities. We continuously strive to align our actions with public expectations. Pioneer is committed to being a leader in preserving our natural resources and our environment for generations to come. We believe that the production of food, feed, fuel and materials must be consistent with a safe and viable environment. Coupled with that is a commitment to respect local customs, values and laws wherever we work and sell products.

Protecting the Land

We believe in products that value our natural resources. Current products on the market, including Herculex® I and Herculex® RW – developed to resist target pests in corn – have led to significant decreases in the use of insecticides in the United States and elsewhere.


That means reduced run-off into streams and rivers, reduced on-farm exposure to chemicals, enhanced biodiversity by promoting the survival of beneficial and non-target organisms, and a boost to grower's economic return by decreasing input needs and therefore cost.

Down the Road

We're also focusing on future pipeline products that will preserve natural resources and increase resource-use efficiency. Products such as will help growers better use water resources. And will require reduced quantities of nitrogen while maintaining overall yield and/or increase overall yield at existing levels of nitrogen usage.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

When it comes to operating our business, Pioneer incorporates and promotes the use of local, renewable energy into everyday practices.  One example is the solar facility built at our Waimea Research Station in Hawaii, United States. While energy efficiency is also showcased with many of our sites which are LEED- or Energy Star-certified, it is a continual process to welcome new technologies that will minimize our impact on the environment.

Herculex® I HX1 – Contains the Herculex® I Insect Protection gene which provides protection against European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, black cutworm, fall armyworm, lesser corn stalk borer, southern corn stalk borer, and sugarcane borer; and suppresses corn earworm. Herculex® I Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Herculex® and the HX logo are registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.


Herculex® RW HXRW – The Herculex® RW insect protection trait contains proteins that provide enhanced resistance against western corn rootworm, northern corn rootworm, and Mexican corn rootworm. Herculex® RW Rootworm Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Herculex® and the HX logo are registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.