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Nufarm is committed to building a
company that delivers a sustainable
future for our people, our customers
and the communities in which we
operate. We aim to make a positive
contribution to these communities
as well as society as a whole, and
specifically the farming community.
We operate in a diverse number
of locations and countries where our
manufacturing sites develop their own
community engagement programs to
best fit their local environment. Many
of our manufacturing sites are in
industrial zones; however, there are
several that are close to residential
areas and in these locations we
work closely with local communities.
Engaging with the communities
in which we work
In North America, Nufarm’s
Chicago Heights and Alsip sites
have a partnership with the Chicago
High School for Agricultural Sciences
(CHAS). The students are involved in
several activities, including working on
the Idea Farm located at Nufarm’s Alsip
site. The students use the Idea Farm
to plant crops and keep beehives.
In 2017, Nufarm also provided the
opportunity for students to shadow
Nufarm employees for a day and gain
an understanding of working in the crop
protection and agriculture industries.
At the Gaillon site in Normandy,
France, Nufarm engages in several
community activities. These include
an annual briefing on Nufarm’s safety
and environmental activities to local
community leaders and sponsorship
of local football and athletic teams.
We partner with the regional chemical
union to run a student program,
providing onsite training for local high
school students covering all aspects of
site operations, including sustainability.
At Nufarm’s Wyke site in the United
Kingdom, we provide support and
sponsorship for local community
groups and charities, including local
children’s charities and sports teams.
Nufarm also sponsors an annual
chemistry award at the University
In Merak, Indonesia, Nufarm
contributes to the local community
through initiatives including fruit tree
planting, supporting a local school
and clearing weeds in municipal
areas. Nufarm also provides internship
opportunities for students from
local high schools.
These programs would not be such
a success without the dedication of
Nufarm employees who volunteered
over 400 hours of their time to our
local communities this year.
Greencare for Troops
In 2017, Nufarm became a
major supporter of Greencare
for Troops in North America.
Greencare for Troops provides
lawn and landscape services to
the families of deployed military
personnel and post 9/11 veterans.
Our North America turf and
ornamental business committed
to a financial contribution of
US$150,000 to support the
program. Nufarm’s contribution
will enable Greencare for Troops
to expand its program and
support more military families
and veterans. Nufarm’s
partnership with Greencare
for Troops will extend our
community participation in
the United States and provide
opportunities for our employees
to volunteer and participate in
and innovation in farming
In 2017, Nufarm sponsored a
Nuffield scholarship in Brazil through
the Nuffield international program.
The Nuffield Farming Scholarship
program provides a unique opportunity
for farmers and agribusiness
professionals to travel internationally
for a minimum of 16 weeks, researching
agricultural production, distribution,
management and/or communication.
This year was the first time there had
been a scholarship offered exclusively
to a scholar from Brazil. We have
agreed to continue our support
for this program in 2018.
In 2018, Nufarm will sponsor
a scholarship for a primary
producer from South Australia.
In addition to funding the scholarships,
Nufarm has supported the program
by providing travel support and advice
to scholars through its global network.
Community is one of the pillars
of Nufarm’s sustainability strategy.
Our strategic objective for community
is to ‘Support our society through
developing community, strengthening
partnerships and ensuring alignment
with or exceeding community
standards for corporate behaviours’.
In 2018, we will commence development
of a global policy that establishes
expectations across Nufarm regarding
community engagement as core to
our business sustainability and social
licence to operate. We will also
commence work on the development
of a strategy and framework for our
regions and manufacturing sites.
NUFARM SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017
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