Yara and sustainability

Society indicator points 2012

SO2 - Percentage and total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption

Fraud and corruption were part of the internal audit scope for several countries in 2012, and specific investigations have also been executed to follow-up on specific incident reports. The training initiative “Share it” also contributed to identifying risks for corruption in many countries.

SO3 - Percentage of employees trained in organization’s anti-corruption policies and procedures

In 2010 Yara rolled out its Ethics Program to the whole organization. In 2012 Yara continued to develop and reiterate the Yara Ethics Program  throughout the organization. Specifically, the training initiative “Share it!” was launched to encourage managers and employees to identify and reflect on ethical issues and how to handle them correctly, to encourage discussion and reflection, and to increase awareness about the ethical tools available, such as Ethics Handbook and the Ethics Hotline.

SO4 - Actions taken in response to Corruption

The Ethics Hotline was established in 2010 and is run by an external company.

In 2012 there were two reports to the Ethics Hotline regarding gifts, bribes and kickbacks. These cases were handled according to Yara's investigation procedures.

The internal investigation launched by the Board of Directors into irregularities related to Yara’s business conduct in Libya and India was completed in June 2012. The investigation concluded that several unacceptable payments were offered or made by Yara. All findings have been shared with The Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime, which continued investigating through 2012 and into 2013. 
 

SO5 - Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying

Yara continuously engages with key stakeholders, particularly its shareholders, partners and customers, national and regional authorities and organizations locally and globally. In addition, Yara participates in a number of partnerships and networks, also as a member of industry associations and relevant organizations and initiatives.
 
Position papers

During 2012 Yara developed publicly available position papers on a number of topics, declaring its points of view. Apart from generic issues these also include position papers on the Common Agricultural Policy process going on in the European Union (EU) as well as a paper on the Baltic Sea, which is being discussed in several policy arenas, including the EU.
 
Corporate engagement

Yara engaged in a number of international policy processes and dialogues. Based on Yara’s position papers, strategy and focal areas, the company took part in events such as the G8 summit’s launch of ‘A New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition’, Rio+20, the WEF annual meeting, G20 summit, COP-18 and FAO’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

A more detailed account is provided in the Impact Review, pages 11 – 18 (PDF, 2.2MB) .

SO6 - Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians and related institutions by country

Yara’s Ethics Handbook has a clear policy against donating to political parties, politicians and related institutions. Yara is not aware of any violations to this policy during 2012.

SO7 - Total number of legal actions for anti-competition behavior, anti-trust and monopoly practices and their outcomes 

In 2012, Yara was involved in one case of alleged anti-competitive behavior in South Africa. Ongoing since 2003, the case was resolved during 2012 without penalties following the liquidation of Yara South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

SO8 - Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations   

Yara was not a subject to significant fines, nor any non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations in 2012.

SO9  - Operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities

No specific negative impacts have been recorded. Manufacturing of Yara’s products leads to emissions to air and water, therefore the operations at Yara’s sites are subject to local environmental permits. The plants are not considered to represent a risk to the local environment, except if a major accident should take place. All Yara sites are classified as industrial activities with potential major accident hazards – in the EU, so-called Seveso sites -  and are required to operate in accordance with strict procedures and management controls to prevent major accidents.

Details on emissions and permits for each individual Yara plant are available at the Impact reporting web page. 

SO10 - Prevention and mitigation measures implemented in operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities.

Through strict, standardized operating procedures, employee training and audits, Yara works continuously and systematically to prevent occupational safety risks and avoid accidents. Strong management  commitment and active employee involvement in preventive measures are crucial, and compliance is monitored diligently.

All accidents and near-accidents are thoroughly investigated and preventive action implemented. A lot of effort has been expended to improve process safety at Yara.

To maintain our industry-leading position and further improve operational safety mechanisms, the Process Safety program was initiated in 2009 to focus on technical analysis, effective alarm and control systems, procedures, training and competence development. More attention is also given to reducing incidences of human error, an important factor in most accidents.

Yara's production sites are either certified or being 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 (FE) Product Stewardship Program. Outside Europe Yara is implementing the IFA Protect & Sustain product stewardship program set forth by the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA).

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