June 17, 2010 FMC Agricultural Products Sustainability Council Established
In June 2010, consistent with its overall focus on stewardship, FMC established an independent “Sustainability Council” with the goal of providing FMC’s Agricultural Products Group with an independent and diverse range of external expertise, perspectives and guidance related to APG’s global stewardship program and sustainability practices. It is comprised of scientists, a global leader in implementing corporate responsibility and ethics programs and conservationists. The members of the Sustainability Council come from the following organizations: Panthera (the world’s leading big cat preservation NGO); Mainstream Green Solutions (a consulting firm for climate change, natural resource conservation and other environmental issues); the Academy of Natural Sciences (the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas); the Partnership to Cut Poverty and Hunger in Africa (an NGO focused on improving conditions of Africans); Emerging Agriculture LLC (a consulting firm that advises on crop sustainability policies); and Hong Kong University’s Center for Corporate Governance and Financial Policy.
The objectives of the Sustainability Council are to:
- Inform APG of emerging agricultural, environmental, conservation and/or social issues, trends and opportunities related to APG’s global business;
- Advise APG on enhancing its global stewardship program and sustainability policies;
- Recommend metrics for assessing APG’s global stewardship and sustainability practices;
- Provide input aimed at positioning APG as a leader in sustainable practices and products;
- Avail APG and senior management with critical thinking, candid discussions and advice for action on conflicts.
FMC uses the advice and recommendations received from the Sustainability Council to refine the company’s stewardship activities and to devote additional attention and funding to the initiatives that would best achieve the company’s stewardship objectives.