Stakeholder Engagement

There's strength in numbers – and to make meaningful, long-term change, Agrium can’t do it alone. We recognize that sustainable development is a multi-dimensional, global issue and any progress we make needs to come from broad stakeholder support.

Respecting the needs and interests of stakeholders at every stage of our operations helps to ensure our continued success. We categorize our stakeholders into six primary groups: employees, customers, communities, owners, society and suppliers. In this way we feel that all of those who have an affect on Agrium, or can be affected by our activities, are considered.

Read more about our engagement efforts and responses to some specific stakeholder concerns.

To help determine the content of our 2014-2015 Sustainability Report, we engaged external stakeholders and senior leaders at Agrium in separate workshops to identify which sustainability topics are most relevant to stakeholders and to the success of our business. External stakeholders represented investment analysts, academia, suppliers, customers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), host communities and industry.

Topics identified as having high relevance to either Agrium or our stakeholders are:

Foundations of Sustainability:

  • Ethics and Integrity

  • Stakeholder Engagement

Society and Economy:

Safety:

Workplace:

  • Diversity and Inclusion

Environment:

Other ways we gather insight into what we report comes from our daily interactions with customers and stakeholders, during community outreach activities, through our employee survey and hotline, at meetings with government representatives and during investor briefings. All of these forums provide valuable opportunities to listen and better understand what our stakeholders want to know about our sustainability performance.

Many of our highly relevant topics can have an impact beyond the boundaries of our own operations, out into our value chain and society in general. In some cases we have quantified those impacts and they are included in our 2014-2015 Sustainability Report (page references are below). In all cases, we discuss how we are managing our impacts on stakeholders.

We recognize that each of the topics can have impacts broadly, but the table below depicts where impacts related to the highly relevant topics predominantly occur.

We constructively engage with governments, either alone or through our industry associations, to help develop solutions to emerging regulatory or legislative issues. In addition to discussions on greenhouse gas regulations, we actively engage in discussions around how to sustainably supply the world's growing food needs while minimizing environmental impacts on air and water quality and supply.

In the past few years we’ve been championing widespread adoption of the Nitrous oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP), which can be used to reduce on-farm emissions in a quantifiable and verifiable way. Alberta has adopted this protocol and many jurisdictions worldwide are now considering adoption.

We have also engaged with governments on food security, farm safety, innovation, immigration and employment, environmental, energy and transportation issues and product safety and security. Interactions are disclosed in compliance with jurisdictional regulations.