The Product stewardship standards provide a systematic approach to safeguarding product responsibility.
All Yara products and services related to the supply of fertilizers and chemicals are regulated by national and international codes. Products in EU/EEA markets are in compliance with the European chemicals regulation REACH and the CLP regulation on classification and labeling of chemicals. Most of Yara's production sites are certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety Management).
Yara's operations in Europe are in compliance with the requirements of the Fertilizers Europe Product Stewardship Program. Outside Europe, Yara is implementing the IFA Protect & Sustain product stewardship program set forth by the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). See aspect Product Responsibility.
Yara is fully committed to compliance with chemical regulations worldwide. A permanent central function, 'Yara Chemical Compliance,' has been established to assist Yara Units in achieving this goal, with an initial strong focus on Europe and an increasing focus on other parts of the world.
In the category, Yara reports on the aspects of Customer health and safety, Product and service labeling, Product responsibility – Compliance.
Product Responsibility: monitoring and follow-up
The Fertilizer Product Stewardship programs ensure that proper care is taken along the entire value chain, from product development and sourcing of raw materials, through production, storage and distribution, to sales, delivery and application. Assessment of health, safety, environmental and security impacts of products and services covers all life cycle stages.
In addition to the above described overarching policies and operating principles, the following specific points also apply for the aspects in the Product Responsibility category.
Product and Service Labeling: materiality
All Yara's fertilizers, chemical products and their raw materials are regulated by national or international fertilizer or chemical laws.
Product and Service Labeling: management approach
All products manufactured in or imported into the EU/EEA are in compliance with the European chemicals regulation REACH. Chemical compliance is also high on the agenda globally. A global Yara network is in place for chemical compliance, and a formal chemical compliance check is included in the purchasing and sales process.
Yara aims for all manufacturing plants to be certified to the three widely recognized standards ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. This process is nearing completion in all but the newest Yara plants. A number of units also have certifications to other standards in place, such as for energy management and food and feed safety systems.
The current status of the certifications is available at the Environmental Management Approach section.