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Agriculture relies on sustainable production systems and – as
a key supplier of necessary inputs into agricultural production
– Nufarm strives to ensure our operations and products
meet appropriate sustainability objectives and standards.
Nufarm’s growth strategy is built on the
two pillars of innovation and discipline.
Both of these principles have a strong
enabling role in helping us to meet our
We are actively encouraging innovative
thinking across all areas of our business,
including the successful application
of innovative thinking to achieve safer
working environments; reductions
in emissions and waste; and more
sustainable operations generally.
Increased discipline is also vital to
ensure we have the right processes
and structures in place and that we
are measuring and managing our
business in a way that allows us to
be accountable for our performance.
Nufarm’s full sustainability report
for the 2013 calendar year can be
found on our corporate website.
Our health and safety data includes
permanent and casual employees as
well as contractors with data collected
from Nufarm manufacturing sites,
offices and regional service centres.
As yet, it does not include data from
eight offices in Asia and South America.
It is pleasing to report improved
outcomes in 2013 on important safety
and environmental measurements,
but we believe we can do better.
The company is making a significant
investment, both in terms of capital
and resources, to achieve further
improvements and we have restated
our commitment to work towards
a zero target for safety-related
incidents in our workplaces.
Total greenhouse emissions decreased
in 2013 compared with the previous
year, due to changes in production
volumes and product mix at various
sites. Emissions per tonne of
production remained consistent.
Air emissions result from the
production process and we work
to minimise emissions and their
impact. Emissions vary depending on
production volumes and the product
mix. While CO2 emissions for most
sites remained generally consistent,
there were some reductions at Laverton,
Wyke and Botlek sites following
concerted efforts by these teams.
Water is used in most of our production
processes with the amount used directly
impacted by production volumes and
the product mix. We aim to reduce
the amount of water we use and waste
water created with many of our sites
undergoing or investigating ways to
recycle, harvest and better utilise
water in our systems and processes.
Total waste decreased slightly in 2013
compared with 2012 and we continue
to work towards further reducing
waste generation from manufacturing
processes. A waste management system
at many of our sites captures the nature
and quantity of waste produced onsite
and tracks it through to recycling or
disposal. Waste generated per tonne
of production has remained consistent
due to efforts made in recent years to
Our 2013 health and safety
performance improved on our
2012 results, although we failed to
meet the board targets of LTIFR <1,
MTIFR <2 and Severity <0.012.
Early in the year we issued new
global corporate guiding principles
to promote alignment of best practice
and implement common operating
principles. The principles operate
within a continuous improvement
framework as part of a structured
and systematic approach to process
safety management across our
The health and safety results for
2013 were: LTIFR 1.16, MTIFR 2.18
and Severity 0.018.
The eight lost time injuries were
spread over eight separate sites.
Two of the injuries were extremely
severe; one resulting in the death
of an Indonesian colleague in a traffic
accident and another the lengthy
continuing recovery of a Linz team
member who accidentally opened
a valve containing corrosive material
which sprayed onto his face and into
There were 15 medical treatment
injuries, seven of which did not involve
loss of working days, and our global
severity performance improved in
comparison to the previous year.
LTIFR or lost time injury frequency rate
is the number of lost time injuries per
million hours worked that result in one
or more days absence from work.
MTIFR or medical treatment injury
frequency rate is the number of
lost time injuries plus those that did
not result in lost time but required
treatment by a qualified medical
practitioner per million hours worked.
Severity is the number of days lost
due to injuries per thousand hours
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