At FMC, we engage with stakeholders
to accelerate our progress on social and
environmental initiatives. We do this through
open dialogue, collaboration and transparent
disclosure. This engagement strengthens our
ability to balance business interests with those
of society; build robust, global relationships
across sectors; and ultimately identify innovative
solutions that create shared, sustainable value.
The major issues we are addressing are complex
– sustainable sourcing, climate change, and
water stewardship – therefore collaboration
is essential to achieve meaningful progress.
When engaging stakeholders, we consider
their expertise and insights as well as their
capacity, level of influence and willingness to
collaborate. This table illustrates the range of our
The materiality assessment is a process for
identifying sustainability issues that have the greatest
impact on our business and our stakeholders.
This year, FMC improved our assessment by
including external stakeholders’ input.
We quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed
the list of potential material issues through the
• Conducted a series of interviews and meetings
with FMC employees who have a deep
understanding of our business and its impacts.
The employees represented the following groups:
Sustainability, Government Affairs, Internal Audit,
Investor Relations, Communications, Finance,
Legal and Environmental/Remediation.
• Conducted a formal survey asking internal
and external FMC stakeholders to rank
sustainability issues based on each issue’s
importance to them and the impact on FMC’s
business. There were 42 survey respondents
representing NGOs, customers, suppliers,
foundations, trade associations and employees.
The interviews, meetings and surveys helped
shape our sustainability and responsibility
priorities, strategies and reporting for maximum
positive impact. In this year’s report we include
an overview of our most material issues, explain
why these particular issues matter to us and
summarize how we are responding to them.
The issues deemed most material to FMC are:7
OUR FORMULA FOR PROGRESS
WHO DO WE WORK WITH?
WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR FMC?
Health and Safety
Product Safety and Effects on Human Health
Recruitment and Retention
Product Environmental Impacts
Global Standards and Codes of Conduct (REACH, etc.)
Community Relations and Good Neighbor Policies
Climate Change (including GHG emissions)
Global Food Supply
CHANNELS OF ENGAGEMENT
Meetings, Reports, Email blasts, Videos, Posters
Meetings, Innovation collaboration, Industry partnerships
Ratings/Rankings + Indices
Donations to local organizations, community advisory panels
Regulators + Public Policy Makers
Risk Assessments + Studies
Non-Government Organizations (NGO's)
In-Person Meetings/Conference Calls
Participating on Committees + Working Groups
Developing Best Practices on Key Issues