Meeting the Needs of a Growing Global Population
ADAMA’s promise is to Listen > Learn > Deliver. When it comes to our customers, our best solutions develop when we take their input and learn from their experience. That’s why we actively seek opportunities to listen to farmers, channel partners and agronomic experts to understand the specific challenges they face, their pain points and needs.
We integrate the information we acquire externally with the expertise and know-how that we bring to the table from years of experience in the industry.
We have approached our sustainability strategy in the same way.
In 2017, we initiated a series of targeted listening opportunities to engage with our stakeholders and learn about the issues that are most important to them and that have the greatest impact in securing a sustainable future. Working with KPMG to structure our materiality assessment, we conducted primary research and one-on-one discussions with our People, customers, shareholders, community leaders, international sustainability institutions, the media, our peers and our suppliers. Through this process, we identified five key sustainability pillars and prioritized 23 supporting areas of action on which we now measure and track our progress.
These five pillars serve as the basis for our Impact Model, and the organizing principle of this report.
- Employee Health and Safety Management
- Governance, Ethics and Anti Corruption
- Compliance and Regulatory Environment
- Hazardous and Toxic Materials Management
- Environmental Responsibility
- Effluents and Waste Management
- Sustainable Procurement
- Product and Process Innovation
- Water Management
- Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Preventing Harassment
- Product Wuality, Stewardship and Safety
- Environmental Investment
- Community Relations
- Human Rights Management
- Public Health and Safety
- Global Hunger and Nutrition Security
- Sustainability Management and Reporting
- Economic Impact and Performance
- Resource Scarcity
- Employee Welfare and Labor Relations
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Consumer Education
Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals
In parallel with our own Impact Model, we are committed to taking an active role in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Crop protection is an important tool in the fight against global hunger. We reach farmers in over 100 countries across the globe, providing them with solutions that help them improve the quality and quantity of their crop yields by providing protection from weeds, insects and diseases.
Based on World Bank data, growth in the agriculture sector is two to four times more effective in raising incomes among the poorest compared to other sectors. By creating effective and affordable solutions for farmers to generate greater yields from their crops, farmers can sell more products, and in turn, enhance their livelihood.
Through our local and regional community engagement programs, we invest in educational programs with a special emphasis on chemistry, agriculture and sustainability. We have also made a long-term commitment to support and promote education in the communities in which we operate, facilitating programs from kindergarten through to doctoral studies, as well as informal education.
We have aggressively invested in health, safety and environmental improvements in our plants, with a specific emphasis on our facilities in China. We partner with innovative technology companies to increase efficiency of our products and optimize yields, while minimizing potential impact on health, safety and the environment.
We are committed to reducing our water consumption through developing and promoting solutions that support efficient and responsible use. As part of this commitment, we are minimizing the release of hazardous materials and effluents, as well as substantially increasing our wastewater treatment and water reclamation capabilities.
By 2024 we plan to reduce our absolute energy consumption by 10% with the help of energy surveys and projects to improve efficiency. We want to substantially increase the share of renewable energy that powers our facilities: two of our sites ran almost exclusively on renewable resources in the past year, and another site utilizes cogeneration energy and steam plants that have also allowed us to reduce our fossil fuel use and carbon footprint.
We are committed to implementing sustainable production processes and creating products that can be consumed responsibly. We consistently upgrade our production facilities so that we can reclaim water, utilize cogenerated energy, reduce, recycle and responsibly manage waste, and more. For consumers, our crop protection products are formulated so that smaller quantities of active ingredients can be used to effectively combat disease and pests, while minimizing impacts to human health, safety and the environment.
GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards
GRI 103, GRI 102-44, GRI 102-47