FMC Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Q+A With Pierre

Q: What do you think are FMC’s most important sustainability achievements of the last 2-3 years? 

A: We have made meaningful progress on our sustainability goals over the past few years and continue to deepen our commitment to sustainability. In 2016, FMC was awarded an A- by the CDP Climate Change Program as a first-time participant. The ranking recognizes FMC as a leader in addressing climate change. In addition, we published 2020 and 2025 sustainability goals. I am proud to say that in our second “Communication on Progress” for the United Nations Global Compact, we demonstrated progress on several targets, including significant reduction in our safety total recordable incident rate, increased R&D spending to develop more sustainably advantaged products, and reductions in our environmental metrics.

Q: What’s next on FMC’s sustainability journey? 

A: With our past experience and accomplishments, we are truly built for progress. Now is the time to accelerate that progress toward our 2020 and 2025 sustainability goals. For example, we will grow our plant health platform, which includes biologicals, micronutrients and seed treatment applications that provide growers with more sustainable options. We will continue to address the environmental impact of our products as well as offer robust stewardship programs to ensure the proper and safe use of FMC products.

Q: How have you incorporated stakeholder concerns into your sustainability journey? 

A: We actively engage with our stakeholders to understand their issues and concerns, and we work closely with them to balance business interests with those of society. Each year, we conduct a materiality assessment that includes input from employees and external stakeholders such as investors, customers, suppliers and NGOs. This assessment identifies sustainability issues that have the greatest impact on our business and our stakeholders.

Q: What is FMC’s approach to ensuring a responsible supply chain from sourcing materials through product end use? 

A: Collaboration and strong partnerships with suppliers and customers are very important to ensure we meet our sustainability commitments, from sourcing, to manufacturing, to transportation and product stewardship. We choose to work only with suppliers and vendors who share our commitment to ethical and sustainable business practices. But it doesn’t end there. We have begun the process of measuring and monitoring our logistics and transportation footprints. From optimizing logistics to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the sustainability of our packaging, we are committed to a responsible supply chain that reflects our sustainability priorities.

Q: What advantages does the acquisition of DuPont’s Crop Protection products provide to FMC’s sustainability program? 

We have a long history of meeting some of the world’s major global challenges. For more than 10 decades, we have helped farmers feed a growing world population by protecting their crops from destructive pests and invasive weeds. The acquisition of a significant part of DuPont’s Crop Protection business will ensure we can help meet the nutritional needs of people around the world. We are excited to welcome the talented DuPont employees to the FMC family. Combining DuPont’s exceptional products and R&D capabilities with our product portfolio, pipeline and formulation expertise will bring innovative solutions to growers while reducing our impact on the planet. It is important to note that the Health and Nutrition team has made great strides in sustainability, including energy and waste reduction, and I know they will bring strong expertise to DuPont’s program.

Pierre Brondeau
President, CEO and Chairman of the Board