OUR FORMULA FOR PROGRESS
MAJOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES
The foundation of FMC’s sustainability strategy is our role in alleviating some of the
world’s major global challenges. These challenges serve as a framework for a strategic
and comprehensive approach to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.
Because FMC and our products can make a positive contribution to
mitigating these issues, they frame our direction and give greater
meaning to our work.
FOOD + HEALTH EXPECTATIONS
Food and crop production must increase to meet the basic
needs of a rapidly growing population and the desires of
a socio-economically diverse population seeking a wider
array of nutritional options.
The need for food will continue to grow over the next 35 years as the
population increases by more than 25 percent, to nearly 9 billion people.
FMC’s products protect crops from infestation, which helps increase yields
of food and other farmed goods while ensuring efficient use of land.
FMC technology improves the availability of nutrition and protein and satisfies
consumer preferences for natural ingredients with Health and Nutrition products.
Urbanization to accommodate the growing population and poor land management
techniques are limiting the amount of arable areas available for agriculture, which
intensifies the need to increase farmland productivity and crop yields.
Our crop protection technologies help farmers increase the productivity of their land by gaining more
value from every seed they plant. FMC’s products protect and fortify plants against weed, fungus and
insect attacks, thereby maximizing their potential to grow and thrive through harvesting.
Growing interest in natural and benign materials is fueling the need for new, improved,
bio-based products that reduce impact on the environment.
Over the last five years we increased the proportion of R&D spend focused on the development
of products with a sustainability advantage to 67 percent of total spending.See page 18 for more information.
To cope with limited availability of fresh water, energy, forests and other essential resources,
we must carefully manage them and more widely use alternatives to non-renewables.
Our businesses have committed to 2025 goals for decreasing water and energy
consumption. We have conducted water risk assessments to determine which facilities and local
communities might be affected by reduced water availability so that we can take appropriate actions to
sustain this resource for all users.
We hold our suppliers to high standards and expect them to adhere to sound resource management
practices as part of our Supplier Code of Conduct. We require suppliers of some raw materials to
obtain globally recognized certifications.
Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is considered a necessary step in mitigating
In this report, we announce 10-year corporate goals for decreasing our greenhouse gas
emissions through investment in manufacturing, logistics and other operational efficiencies.
As a leader in lithium technology, we help customers create batteries for electrically powered vehicles,
more efficient tires, lighter weight aluminum for aircraft, and other low-carbon technologies.
Read our full statement on climate change on the web.5