June 15, 2016
“We are very proud to have Agrium recognized at this level,” says Doug Beever, Senior Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations. “And to be recognized twice in one week as the best or among the best in Canada – we couldn’t be happier.”
Sustainable Development Goals Awards
The Canadian SDG Awards, hosted by the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) aim to recognize Canadian organizations that are pioneering the effort to advance action and integrate the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into core business strategies. The GCNC is Canada’s network chapter of the United Nations Global Compact, of which Agrium has been a signatory since 2008. The GCNC serves an essential role in the implementation of the UN principles, while facilitating and creating opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration.
Agrium’s strong and long-standing commitment to developing and implementing the 4R Nutrient Stewardship system around the world is a key reason for the Company’s nomination. Other highlights include Agrium’s Journey 2050 program, our Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol and the company’s support of ResponsibleAg. The nomination summary says Agrium contributes to many of the SDGs, specifically:
- Goal 1: End Poverty
- Goal 2: End Hunger and Promote Sustainable Agriculture
- Goal 12: Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns
Agrium’s nomination came from the respected sustainability experts at PWC Sustainability Business Solutions and Responsibility Matters. A total of 21 companies were nominated, and the awards were presented on June 10 in Toronto, Ontario.
“The fact that awards such as these have emerged, and the high caliber of the nominations speaks volumes about the progress society is making towards shaping a world where business, government and not-for-profits can work collaboratively to make a meaningful contribution to sustainable development,” adds Mr. Beever. “At Agrium, it is our mission to feed the world responsibly, and this remains the key driver behind the strategies implemented to promote sustainable development within our business.”
Corporate Knights uses publicly disclosed data to independently measure a diverse range of Canadian companies using 12 sustainability metrics covering resource, employee and financial management, and ranks them in the annual Best 50 list.
Agrium is the only chemical company to make the top 50 this year, and our 16th-place rank for 2016 surpasses last year’s 20th-place showing.
“I’m really proud of this ranking, and I think all Agrium employees should be as well,” says Rose Lecky, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Sustainability is important to our company, and it is exciting to see Agrium’s business efforts being recognized.”