FMC Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Historic Timeline


  • FMC reports to CDP Climate Change disclosure for the first time, receives an A-
  • Climate Change Statement published
  • Human Rights Policy published
  • Best safety record in FMC history achieved, a .22 total recordable incident rate
  • Select environmental and safety data are assured, see page 34



  • Reduce our Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) to < 0.30 by 2020
  • Dedicate 80 percent of our R&D budget to develop sustainably advantaged products by 2020
  • Achieve 100 on our Community Engagement Index by 2020
  • Reduce our environmental impact by reducing energy, GHG and waste intensities by 15 percent by 2025
  • Reduce water intensity in high risk areas by 20 percent by 2025
  • FMC divests the Alkali Chemicals division and finalizes the purchase of Cheminova AG, a Danish agrochemical manufacturer
  • FMC signs the United Nations Global Compact and reports its first Communication on Progress
  • Select environmental data are assured
  • Diversity and Inclusion program formalized; Diversity Officer appointed


  • A “call to action” published in the 2014 Report, research and development dedicated to sustainable products or projects hits 74 percent
  • Waste assessment conducted for all manufacturing sites to understand FMC’s waste footprint
  • Women’s Initiative Network, an employee affinity group, launched to connect, develop and advance women at FMC
  • Social Responsbility Audit program continually assesses manufacturing sites on labor and human rights compliance


  • Water Risk Assessment conducted, using World Resources Institute Aqueduct tool, to establish areas of focus for water reduction
  • Animal Welfare Policy developed
  • Supply chain sustainability efforts take hold. All significant raw materials suppliers are screened against the Supplier Code of Conduct


  • As part of Vision 2015, three targets are established:
    • 1. < 0.37 Total Recordable Incident Rate
    • 2. > 50% of total R&D spending dedicated to impact major global challenges
    • 3. > 90 (out of 100) Community Engagement Index
  • Energy Management Center of Excellence formed to implement best energy practices, including conducting regular energy assessments at manufacturing sites
  • Supplier Code of Conduct implemented, including human rights, labor, environmental, health and safety requirements
  • Sustainable packaging products launched, including a Green Family of containers in Brazil derived from sugarcane


  • The first Sustainability Report, “We’ve Made a Choice,” is published
  • To focus efforts on mega trends that affect the global population, the five “market-shaping shifts” are identified – these still guide FMC today, and are now known as the Major Global Challenges 
  • Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors is established, ensuring accountability for sustainability at the highest level of the organization
  • Product Stewardship and Sustainability Assessments developed to measure and accelerate sustainability in research and development
  • Established annual materiality assessment process to determine issues of highest importance


  • FMC leadership establishes the “Chairman’s Council for Sustainability,” comprised of key leaders, to determine the strategic direction of the first formal sustainability program