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Message from Our President & CEO

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Since the start of the COVID pandemic, the world has faced extraordinary health, economic and social upheaval. In spite of these challenges, we continue to deliver on our sustainability commitments.

Caring for Our People

 For ADAMA, sustainability starts from within. That means ensuring the health and safety of our people and creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, where we can all perform, develop, and grow. Throughout the pandemic, our people have been our first priority. We adapted our routines in our production sites and encouraged our employees, where possible, to work from home, all while maintaining our business continuity.

We also understand the impact that COVID has had on our emotional, psychological, and social well-being and we have provided support and comfort to our people by covering medical insurance, certain vaccination expenses, medical consultations and even introduced an employee assistance program, providing  personal counseling and other services to employees and their families.

Fulfilling Farmer Needs

Throughout the pandemic we ensured our customers had access to the products they need to grow the world’s food supply and maintain their livelihoods. ADAMA continued to provide growers with more sustainable products, technologies that support integrated pest management practices, and programs that help minimize the negative impact of farming on the environment. Key highlights include:

  • ADAMA India launched Barroz® to support rice farmers in growing healthy tillers of rice, providing an alternative to standard solutions.
  • As Europe, driven by the EU Green Deal, moves on a pathway towards more sustainable food systems, we have been looking at how our portfolio, particularly our fungicides, are integrated into sustainable agriculture, how we can reduce environmental impacts, and how we build a portfolio for the future.
  • Our proprietary bio-stimulant Expert Grow® allows growers to use less inputs and achieve higher yields by mitigating abiotic stresses, promoting the plants’ genetic potential and enhancing the nitrogen uptake from the soil. 
  • ADAMA Australia expanded its revolutionary Predictive Pest Network Trapview, reaching close to 1 million hectares. Trapview predicts pest pressure, supporting Australian farmers in rationalizing their crop protection applications, improving integrated pest management practices and farming sustainability.
  • In Brazil, ADAMA C.U.I.D. continued to provide guidance on the proper use of products to help growers maintain the profitability of their farms while avoiding the need to expand the planted area and negatively impacting fragile ecosystems.

Reducing Environmental Impact 

This past year has taught us that when people come together to tackle unthinkable challenges, we waste no time in finding solutions. ADAMA is proud to play our part in the global effort to address the negative impact of climate change and hopefully begin to eventually reverse the trend.

We’ve reduced our environmental footprint, including a sharp decrease in our air emissions through increased energy efficiency and modified energy source mix, and reduced our water contaminant discharge. In addition, I am pleased to share that the relocation and upgrading of our Sanonda manufacturing facility in Hubei, China, which started three and a half years ago, is in the final stages of completion . This major project was grounded in our core aim of bringing our active ingredient innovations to the market while meeting new sustainability standards.  Our next step is to now relocate and upgrade our Anpon manufacturing site in Jiangsu, China, adjacent to our state-of-the-art global Formulation Center. This move will complement the upgrade of our Chinese operational hub, meeting the highest international standards of worker safety and environmental sustainability.

Looking forward

The events of the past year have highlighted how closely our own fate is tied to that of every other person on this planet. Today, with crop prices at an all-time high, and the resulting increase in planted areas, the global demand for crop protection products is vast. This brings great opportunity, and places immense responsibility, on ADAMA and our industry to support the world’s growers with safe, effective and sustainable solutions to ensure they can nourish the planet.  

Embedded in our brand promise – Listen > Learn > Deliver – is our commitment to stay engaged with our global stakeholders in our quest to build a sustainable future for our employees, growers, and the world at large.

Best wishes,

Ignacio Dominguez,
President and CEO of ADAMA

A Chat with Our Chief Sustainability Officer

Since joining ADAMA in 2007, Michal Arlosoroff has spearheaded the company’s sustainability efforts. As ADAMA’s Executive Vice President, General Legal Counsel, Company Secretary & Chief Sustainability Officer, Michal’s daily job touches every aspect of the company. Here she shares her passion and belief in the importance of sustainability for ADAMA.

You have served in the role of Chief Sustainability Officer for over a decade now. How would you describe the journey you and the company have taken over those years?

When I took on the role, I felt like a lone crusader.  We were a generic crop protection company selling mostly “me-too” products through local subsidiaries with little connection between them.   

Several years later, when we rebranded as a single company under the name ADAMA, our global mindset started to change, and that, in parallel with our constant push for sustainable growth, helped clarify the vision of the type of company we can be. Sustainability began to take center stage, which impacted our decision to change the name of it to our “Sustainability Report”.

Society’s expectations of corporations have also changed during this period. What role do you believe ADAMA should play in addressing critical global issues?

 Companies can no longer focus on short-term interests at the expense of long-term sustainability. For ADAMA to remain a vibrant and successful company for decades to come, we have to constantly adapt to the demands of all our stakeholders, including meeting our own high expectations of ourselves; we must develop products that are safe, effective and affordable; constantly reduce our carbon footprint; and take a seat at the table in thinking about, discussing and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. 

Social aspects are no less important. At ADAMA, we are committed to equality and to respecting every culture, language, nationality, gender and race, and to show tolerance and mutual respect to our fellow human beings.

We don’t presume to solve these massive issues on our own, but we must consistently make a meaningful and real contribution.  

 

What is the biggest success you have seen at ADAMA related to sustainability?

 Over the years we have grown to become a unified global company comprised of People from incredibly diverse backgrounds. Our management represents every continent and our leadership is increasingly comprised of people from different generations and happily, more and more women. Creating consensus around a sustainability agenda could have proven a real challenge. But I am proud to say that today, it is part of our company DNA. In fact, every year our assessment by the leading business sustainability rating company EcoVadis has improved. That couldn’t have happened without the commitment of all of our People.  
 

What are some of ADAMA’s key sustainability achievements in 2020?

It was a highly active year regarding sustainability, especially as related to Covid-19, for which our people rallied their efforts at supporting health care providers and the less fortunate around the world, while supporting our own people through this challenging time. We also made sizeable investments in our manufacturing plants in Israel and China to be better suited to modern environmental criteria and have recently completed the relocation of our Jingzhou site in China into a state-of-the-art park which meets global standards in both environmental and social aspects.

We initiated a recycling pilot, a simple and convenient solution for enabling the re-use of plastic crop protection containers, while keeping our open spaces clean and the environment protected. We placed 20 “Green Stations” for container collection on farms in southern Israel, and contracted for them to be retrieved, cleaned and shredded for use in the manufacture of telecommunication plastic piping.

 

Most importantly, sustainability has become central part of our culture. It is a major consideration for all our business decisions at ADAMA, whether related to the development of new products or new projects, or diversity and inclusion, which has been a strong focus for the company this past year.  

 

What do you see in the future for sustainability in ADAMA ?

 There is so much to be accomplished, but we are very focused. We are setting clear targets for ourselves, which is critical to ensuring our accountability in achieving them. We will continue to invest heavily in all of our sites and also in our Chinese operations – specifically the Sanonda and Anpon sites that became part of ADAMA in recent years – in order to meet the highest standards of worker safety and environmental sustainability. We are cultivating a culture of learning so our People actualize their potential through a new, holistic program called SPARK, and we have expanded our community activities, giving back to the regions in which we operate through volunteer hours and other programs.

 

Finally, as part of the newly formed Syngenta Group, we are entering into a one-of-a-kind collaboration with the world’s leading agricultural innovation companies – Syngenta and Sinochem. As such, we are part of the Syngenta Group’s Good Growth Plan, giving us the opportunity to further share and contribute to the real positive change in our industry.   

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