FMC conducts an annual materiality assessment to identify issues that have
the greatest impacts to our business from economic, environmental and social
standpoints. It is a rigorous process that includes both internal and external
stakeholder input. Each year we seek to improve our assessment. For example,
in 2016 we included investors in the process. Through a series of interviews and
meetings, as well as a formal survey, we qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed
a list of 62 potential material issues. The detailed process is outlined on our website.
The issues determined to be the most material to FMC are in the table to the right.
Product environmental impacts
Product safety and eects on humanity
Health and safety
Recruitment and retention
Climate change, energy use, water use and waste
Global food supply
Adopted in 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
include 17 goals and 169 targets which seek to promote sustainable development
in the areas of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. The SDGs
incorporate aspects of the UN Global Compact, to which FMC is a signatory. The
goals are a roadmap intended to establish a common purpose for governments,
private enterprises, non-governmental organizations and academia.
In order to ensure FMC’s sustainability efforts are aligned with this
international consensus on sustainable development, we conducted an
assessment in 2016 to map our material issues to the SDGs. The results of this
assessment showed that all of the material issues we have identi ed are also
part of the UN SDGs. We are proud of this alignment and it demonstrates that
FMC’s areas of focus are not only in the best interest of the company but are
also supported by a global framework for positive change.
UNDERSTANDING THE UNITED NATIONS
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
WHAT ISSUES ARE