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At FMC Corporation, sustainability is an integral part of how we do business. Through implementation and tracking of our coordinated, strategic approaches to sustainability, we are learning and doing more to increase the well-being of our people and address global challenges.

The 2013 report provides an update on our progress versus our 2015 targets and 2013 commitments, along with tangible examples that show how we’re moving sustainability forward and where we still have room to improve.  We will continue to work towards shaping solutions for our shared future. 

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FMC uses five major global challenges to prioritize our sustainability efforts and keep us focused on developing solutions for the future.  

Read about five Guiding Principles and related Goals for sustainability at FMC



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Fostering Safety

FMC staff across the globe are embracing and implementing our TH!NK SAFE campaign.
Sustainability Principle
Be safe, ethical and responsible in all business activities worldwide.
Sustainability Goal
Achieve an injury-free workplace.
Read More About Safety
Read the Fostering Safety section of the 2013 FMC Sustainability Report:

SEE OUR APPROACH: To Fostering Safety
Safety serves as the backbone of FMC’s culture. Our substantial progress in embedding a safety mindset has heightened awareness of everyone’s responsibility for his or her own safety and the safety of others with whom we interact inside and outside our organization.
  With strong senior management commitment and employee involvement, safety vigilance is a constant … and our effort is yielding results. Our 2013 safety results are the best in our history with a 35 percent reduction in injuries from 2012.

Embracing th!nk. safe.

Shaping thinking and actions is a cornerstone of TH!NK. SAFE., the campaign we launched in 2012 to elevate safety awareness in all aspects of employees’ lives. In 2013, to build on our momentum and keep safety messages fresh and top-of-mind, we routinely distributed highly visible posters, tabletop displays and door hangers throughout our facilities.
These materials were translated into multiple languages to enable employees worldwide to have a more precise understanding of the initiative. The materials visually complement the prominent “safety share” ideas that employees exchange at the start of every meeting. 

To heighten the impact of our safety messages, we produced three TH!NK. SAFE. videos featuring first-person accounts by FMC employees. In dramatic portrayals of the difference that “one moment” makes, individuals described how, in a split second, a lack of attention to safety led to hazardous and sometimes fatal outcomes. As a means to further stimulate employee safety engagement, we asked employees to tell their story through a safety video campaign. Employee teams from nearly every FMC location submitted creative and impactful safety videos that were shared across the corporation.


FMC is an active participant in the American Chemistry Council and has adopted the principles of the ACC’s Responsible Care® Program into our global Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy. In 2013 FMC received third-party certification of our conformance with the Responsible Care Management System (RCMS) at our Wyoming (Illinois), Philadelphia, Rockland and Charlotte facilities. With these certifications, 100 percent of our U.S. sites are now in conformance with RCMS.
ENHANCED EMERGENCY Planning and preparedness 

FMC developed and launched a “Corporate Incident Management Guide” to effectively coordinate on the ground efforts with corporate resources in an emergency situation in order to manage an incident and minimize its impact. It complements the emergency plans that already exist at each site. The approach facilitates an orderly, timely, and efficient flow of information among internal and external stakeholders. It allows us to have more comprehensive visibility into a serious incident and to support recovery by leveraging all our capabilities. 


Our ability to improve lives through the right chemistry can only be achieved when our products are used safely and as directed. FMC has comprehensive programs in place to educate our customers – whether farmers or manufacturers – about appropriate use and interaction with our products. 

Growing Innovation

Focused research is pushing innovation in each global FMC business, building client relationships and increased market share.
Sustainability Principle
Drive sustainability in our innovation efforts.
Sustainability Goal
Increase revenue derived from products that create a sustainability advantage.
Read more about innovation
Read the Growing Innovation section of the 2013 FMC Sustainability Report

SEE OUR APPROACH: To Growing Innovation
Each of our businesses applies “the right chemistry” when developing new solutions. Our focus is on addressing customer needs and global challenges.

Prior to developing a new product or application for an existing product, FMC considers its potential sustainability impact. This establishes an inseparable link between innovation and sustainability. In 2013 we spent 57 percent of our total Research and Development (R&D) expenditures on projects that positively impact global challenges, exceeding our 2015 target of 50 percent.


Our Agricultural Solutions business has developed a more comprehensive assessment tool to prioritize its R&D projects. This tool guides analysis of projects based on strategic value, innovation potential, financial contribution, risk exposure and sustainability. To be considered for development, a project must perform at a neutral or better level on the sustainability criteria compared to existing market solutions.

Hands-On Approach Yields Solutions

To strengthen engagement with and responsiveness to customers, we have “localized” much of our R&D function. We work directly with customers around the world to understand their concerns and then develop customized solutions based on their input. This is made possible through our diverse global research network.

The FMC Asia Innovation Center (AIC) in Shanghai, China, opened in late 2013 and brings together approximately 200 scientists, technicians, sales and marketing, support and executive staff. By addressing the Asia-Pacific market from a central location, we expect to benefit from greater synergy and collaboration on product innovation and customer service. The AIC houses world-class food and pharmaceutical application laboratories where FMC customers can learn how to use our products in their formulations.


Tecnocalda, FMC Brazil’s chemical handling and storage system for large agribusinesses, helps customers manage chemicals in a more economical and sustainable way. The program supports sustainability by facilitating safer and more efficient product preparation, reduction in packaging waste, more accurate inventory systems for better control and theft avoidance, and compliance with pesticide legislation.


Expansion in Nutraceuticals

Consumer interest in nutraceuticals, products derived from food sources that provide extra health benefits, has grown rapidly in recent years. FMC strengthened our investment in this area with the acquisition of Epax®, the world’s leading producer of premium-grade, omega-3 fish oils. Clinical research shows that the key omega-3 ingredients, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may help support heart, eye and brain functions.

Advancing Biological Alternatives 

FMC is looking to nature for guidance in advancing agricultural solutions. It is through this lens that we are exploring biologicals – materials derived from renewable plant and/or microbial sources. Biologicals improve soil health, foster seed germination, increase growth of plants, allow for better management of nutrients, fight diseases and insects and increase crop resistance to stressed environmental conditions. This direction complements our continued exploration and production of synthetic agricultural solutions which together with biologicals form the basis of a successful integrated crop management strategy. 

As we expand our capabilities as a unified BioSolutions business, our team focuses its research on real customer needs. The biological discovery platform begins with “smart selection,” an approach that brings customer-driven innovation to life and allows for rapid response to emerging concerns. The location of our new Center of Excellence for Agricultural BioSolutions on the Campus of RTI International in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park lets us access unique technical skills available at a leading research institute, world class universities, global businesses and technology start-ups.

Many of our newly developed products require animal testing as a condition of regulatory approval by government agencies. FMC takes animal testing seriously and strives to limit such testing. We have had several discussions with an animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), over the past year on alternative animal testing methods and strategies for using other scientifically relevant information to negate the need for additional animal testing. In 2013 we published an Animal Welfare and Testing Policy that defined our guiding principles and commitment to the “3 Rs” of animal testing:

  • Replace animal tests with alternative methods when feasible. 
  • Reduce the number of animal tests when feasible. 
  • Refine animal test methods to make them as humane as possible.

Currently 3.5 percent of all automobiles are electrified in some way and use lithium ion batteries. As one of the world’s largest and most innovative lithium suppliers, FMC is an active participant in the effort to encourage EV use. We have a leading market share in advanced technologies for EVs and remain at the forefront of innovation with breakthroughs that extend EV driving range and battery longevity.

Life Cycle Analysis

To gain greater awareness of the impacts caused by production of specific FMC products, we initiated a life cycle analysis (LCA) program. An LCA quantifies a specific product’s environmental impacts throughout the resource chain.

In 2013, FMC performed an LCA of SeaGel® capsule technology from our Health and Nutrition business, and clomazone, one of our key active herbicide ingredients from Agricultural Solutions. Results are being used to understand at what stages in the development and manufacturing process our products have the largest opportunity for impact.

Process Innovation 

Discovering innovative ways to make our operations more environmentally friendly and cost effective are high priorities. This is especially true in mining, where FMC is deriving significant benefits through solution mining at our Green River, Wyoming, facility. Using secondary recovery process technology, we inject recycled water into the old mine workings and then pump that water back to the surface. This process substantially improves the recovery of trona ore that remained after traditional dry mining.

Empowering Talent

Sustainability Principle
Respect people and support diversity.
Sustainability Goal
Continue to cultivate a work environment that is ethical, supportive, and provides opportunity for professional and personal growth of employees.
Read More About Talent
Read the Empowering Talent section of the 2013 FMC Sustainability Report

SEE OUR APPROACH: To Empowering Talent
FMC’s culture recognizes individual values and aspirations while encouraging teamwork and sharing of best practices. An empowered workforce is more motivated and better aligned with a company’s business objectives, leading to higher productivity and increased success.
Our employees are the force behind FMC’s success. We rely on their diverse talents, high energy and creativity to move the business forward. Together we strive to make a difference in the world – whether in our immediate environment or impacting the five identified global challenges.

Establishing Stronger Skill Sets

Nurturing an internal talent pipeline enables us to identify and grow future leaders who know FMC well and are dedicated to our mission. In addition to on-the-job training that occurs throughout the company, over 100 leaders around the world participated in formal training programs to ensure they are equipped with the proper skills and competencies. Additionally, in 2014 we will launch the FMC Strategic Leadership program to address the development of our more senior leaders.

Technical Career Paths

Technology and innovation are critical to our business, and we have made a concerted effort to create an environment that develops relevant skills.

In 2013 the Manufacturing Council focused on preparing a strong pipeline of global manufacturing and engineering talent, a key component of which was to hold meetings at FMC locations globally to foster networking and relationship building. To get to know people from the different businesses who worked in these areas, the Council held both formal presentation sessions and informal meet-and-greets. The engagements allowed employees from around the world to meet and share ideas in person.


"Choose Well, Live Well” provides an opportunity for employees and their family members to learn more about managing their health. Through the program FMC participants can take advantage of tools that encourage positive steps toward reducing health risks and improving personal well-being. A new addition to the program in 2013 enables employees and their spouses to elect to work one-on-one with health coaches to address a range of issues from lifestyle challenges such as stress and weight management to chronic health conditions like arthritis and diabetes. FMC encourages and supports participation in certain programs through financial incentives.

Affirming human dignity internally and across our value chain is a core value. In 2013 we expanded the Civil Treatment Program to managers throughout our global network – another step forward in becoming an ever-more inclusive and respectful workplace. We will expand the program throughout 2014 and will integrate it into the on-boarding process for all new employees.

Additional activities that reinforced a culture of shared respect and ethical behavior included:
  • Retraining and recertifying 97 percent of employees on the FMC Code of Ethics and Business Conduct. The remaining 3 percent are expected to complete the program in 2014 to ensure total compliance with the Code.
  • Evaluating significant suppliers by Global Procurement based on our Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • Initiating a Social Responsibility Program to increase transparency into all aspects of business practices at our manufacturing facilities.
  • Updating our social media policy to provide guidance on dealing appropriately with the increasing intersection of one’s personal and professional profiles.
  • Good faith collective bargaining in union relationships and ongoing dialogue in non-union sites to facilitate trust and collaboration.

Minding Our Resources

Discover our Key Performance Indicators in the Data Center.
Sustainability Principle
Use resources effectively and responsibly.
Sustainability Goal
Minimize the overall impact of FMC operations and supply chain.
Read More About Resources
Read the Minding Our Resources section of the 2013 FMC Sustainability Report

SEE OUR APPROACH: To Minding our Resources
FMC is committed to responsible management of scarce resources – one of the major global challenges that we can influence.
As a specialty chemical solutions company, FMC’s environmental performance affects our own footprint as well as our customers’. We are working to reduce our own environmental impact and that of others in our supply chain.
Measurement and transparency

FMC measures and monitors our environmental impacts to better assess opportunities for improvement. Our primary focus includes energy utilization, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste management. We have established key performance indicators (KPIs) for each of these areas and report quarterly to senior management on progress.

FMC is expanding the scope of the data provided for 2013 to encompass both our direct impacts and those that are material to our business and where we have influence.

IMPACT REduction and productivity initiatives

Energy Management

FMC has always focused on energy management and for years our facilities have implemented energy efficiency projects. Yet we are convinced there are additional energy savings opportunities still to be explored. To gain fresh perspectives on these possibilities we launched our Energy Management Center of Excellence (EMCOE) in 2012.

We conduct energy audits at select sites and use the findings to identify and implement new energy saving initiatives. We also share best practices that could be adopted at other FMC facilities. In 2013, the cross-functional EMCOE team and third-party experts completed audits of two manufacturing sites: Rockland, Maine, and Milazzo, Italy.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Our natural soda ash mining and processing operation in Green River consumes the largest share of FMC’s energy usage and generates the most greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Our GHG emissions include both those occurring from fuel use, as well as process emissions – naturally occurring emissions released during the mining and processing of natural soda ash. FMC’s 2013 GHG emission intensity decreased 3 percent due to lower process emissions at this facility.

We will conduct an EMCOE audit in 2014 to find new ways to decrease Green River’s energy and greenhouse gas emissions. However, it is important to note that production of natural soda ash from our Wyoming site already uses 40 percent less energy and produces about 40 percent less GHG than production of the alternative synthetic soda ash.

Water Management 

It is well recognized that major global shifts involving population growth and climate change are creating substantial concerns about water availability. To understand FMC’s exposure and to determine how to mitigate potential risks, we conducted a Water Risk Assessment (WRA) that cross-referenced water use details from our manufacturing sites with the World Resources Institute’s “Aqueduct” water mapping tool. Based on those results, we analyzed the potential water source risk for our manufacturing sites, our Agricultural Solutions contract manufacturers and key suppliers.

The WRA identified nine FMC facilities in water stressed areas with significant water dependency but only two – Green River, Wyoming, and Minera del Altiplano, Argentina – indicated future potential water instability. We are confident that we have adequate water availability in the near term. As a result of these findings we are working to better understand each situation and develop conservancy and contingency strategies to ensure long-term availability.

Waste Reduction 

Our decision to include Agricultural Solutions active ingredients contract manufacturers in our results also has a significant impact on waste. FMC employees work closely with these partners to continuously improve process yields and reduce waste intensity.

In addition to more standard waste types, processing of trona ore and seaweed results in high-volume/ low-toxicity materials that must be disposed of or re-used. Volumes of these materials are associated with production as they are largely unused portions of a raw material being processed. We work to minimize the amount of material going to landfills and seek beneficial applications whenever possible.

Manufacturing Improvements 

FMC’s Manufacturing Excellence (ME) program, launched in 2012, drives sustainability and safety improvements in key performance metrics and encourages long-term changes in organizational culture. While each project may address different areas of manufacturing, they all build on an integrated three-phase process: pre-assessment, analysis and implementation.

ME projects were completed at three sites in 2013: Green River, Wyoming; Bessemer City, North Carolina; and Haugesund, Norway.

Agricultural Solutions is planning to implement ME at two sites in 2014: Wyoming, Illinois, and Middleport, New York.

Effective Financial Decision-Making

The Capital Deployment Process (CDP) developed in 2013 establishes a methodical framework for evaluating capital investments including sustainability criteria.

CDP takes into account how sustainability will be incorporated throughout a project’s development and execution phases using metrics on resource intensities, efficiencies derived and long-term impacts through the project’s life cycle. In 2013, it was applied to selected capital planning projects greater than $2 million.

As meaningful partners, we seek ways to help our customers meet their own sustainability goals. For example, knowing that key customers wanted more information about social responsibility in their supply chains, we developed a Social Responsibility Assessment (SRA) program. Created in partnership with a third-party audit firm, the SRA assesses performance of our sites on environmental, health, safety, labor and other aspects of our business.

Our first SRAs were conducted at Health and Nutrition sites because of their strategic importance to the interests of end consumers. We concluded two SRAs in 2013 at our Newark, Delaware, and Rockland, Maine, locations. Results have been positive thus far, with only one finding that was quickly corrected. We are planning to undertake five more audits in 2014 and are working to expand the program into selected parts of our supply chain.

Cultivating Community

The people of FMC are actively engaged in the communities in which we work.
Sustainability Principle
Improve the quality of life in communities where we live and operate.
Sustainability Goal
Engage with the communities where we live and work to create positive change.
Read More About Community
Read the Cultivating Community Partnerships section of the 2013 FMC Sustainability Report

SEE OUR APPROACH: To Cultivating Community
FMC is taking action to be a positive force in the communities where we live and work.
Our focus includes engagement with neighbors, dedication to product stewardship worldwide and remaining a committed employer in the communities where we operate.
MEasuring community Interaction 

FMC has an overall goal of having “a positive impact in communities where we live and work.” In order to measure this, we established a common framework for reporting on various interactions in our communities. Called the Community Engagement Index, it consists of four categories that we consider important factors in building and maintaining effective relationships. They are:

  • Safety Operational 
  • Transparency 
  • Community Leadership 
  • Community Partnership

We have a target of achieving an Index value of 90 or greater by 2015. Attaining this Index level would indicate that most sites are engaging with their communities in the ways outlined above over the course of the year.

Employees of FMC Patancheru work with the local Traffic Police Department on spreading the important message of defensive driving.
Supporting Safer Communities 

Our safety manifesto states: “We believe safety is a universal human right. We each have a fundamental responsibility to our fellow employees, friends, families and communities to be safe.” This interdependency is reflected in our efforts to share our safety knowledge and awareness with the broader community. 

When it comes to emergency situations, FMC provides aid how and where it will do the most good. To best assist in disaster situations anywhere in the world we fostered a closer relationship with the American Red Cross in 2013. This organization has a global network and is equipped to deliver resources for life’s basic needs to those affected by devastation.
CONTRIBUTING to vibrant communities 

Aligned with our focus on community leadership and community partnership, FMC is actively involved in supporting:

  • Philanthropic donations and employee volunteerism. 
  • Educational opportunities to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies. 
  • Economic development.

In 2013 we invested more than $1.8 million in our communities across the globe. In addition to volunteer outreach projects, over 90 percent of employees in the U.S. made donations to our annual United Way fundraising drive to support health and human services causes. The company provided a matching gift averaging 50 percent of employee contributions.

Among the myriad of organizations we support in Philadelphia is the largest hunger relief organization in the area, Philabundance. Selected because of its strategic fit with our emphasis on access to nutritious foods, Philabundance is supported by FMC volunteers who help hand out food every month. Over the course of 2013, more than 150 area employees donated their time to help feed some of the approximately 72,000 people Philabundance serves weekly.

Economic development, job creation and improved community resources are all vital to community advancement and FMC is an established, committed neighbor. 

In Philadelphia we have signed a 16-year lease in a building to be named the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. Maintaining our presence in Philadelphia continues support of the Philadelphia school district through local sales and income taxes. In addition, our research and development facilities are important contributors to employment and education. As an example, FMC’s Global Innovation Center in Ewing, New Jersey, employs approximately 200 people, is a significant taxpayer to the town and works with nearby schools such as the College of New Jersey to create awareness of the company among students who may want to consider future employment with us. 

FMC is a significant employer in many of the locations where we operate. Particularly in more remote areas, we strive to improve the welfare of the communities through comprehensive community support. This can take many forms, for example through focus on continued health and nutrition education and accessibility or through ecological clean-up and disaster recovery. 

A male Greater Sage-grouse performs its courtship display.

FMC firmly believes that business growth and ecological responsibility are compatible goals. We monitor and mitigate our potential impacts on wildlife and engage with our stakeholders about protecting nature and biodiversity.

Protecting Natural Habitats

At our facilities in Green River, Wyoming, we are working proactively to protect local species and their habitats. For example, we are committed to protecting the Greater Sage-grouse, a bird that is a candidate species for listing as threatened or endangered within the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Our site is helping to stabilize the species in Wyoming by partnering with local landowners, government and community stakeholders on a long-term conservation effort. 

Community-based Conservation Efforts

For the past four years we have partnered with Panthera, an organization that leads effective conservation strategies for the world’s largest and most endangered cats. With FMC support in 2013, Panthera was able to expand the “Living with Lions” program into a new site in the Zambezi Region of Namibia, as well as provide continued support to Ruaha, Tanzania, and Hwange, Zimbabwe.