Q: What do you think are FMC’s most important sustainability achievements
of the last 2-3 years?
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 rst-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 signi cant 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?
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 oer robust
stewardship programs to ensure the proper and safe use of FMC products.
Q: How have you incorporated stakeholder concerns into your
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 identi es 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?
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 reects
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 signi cant 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.
President, CEO and Chairman of the Board