Agriculture is dependent on healthy ecosystems to sustain our global food supply. Supporting nature-positive solutions is paramount to meet this demand. Loss of biodiversity is a key risk to our grower customers, as it provides a buffer against variability in farm productivity, improves crop pollination, and increases natural resistance to weed, pest and disease invasions. Our products and services improve yields on existing agricultural land, reducing the need to convert more land for agricultural purposes and protecting biodiversity.
Key biodiversity ambitions:
ESG Performance Goal/Target
Nutrien has a company-wide cross-functional group of subject matter experts to identify biodiversity-related risks and opportunities across our value chain. The team’s initial work has been to assess deforestation and identify other issues that impact biodiversity.
While Nutrien maintains a strategic focus on the impacts we can facilitate through our business, deforestation is a shared challenge across the industry and its supply chain that must be addressed through collaborative leadership within the agriculture sector.
Nutrien recognizes the intrinsic value of protected areas and legally recognized areas of high biodiversity. In the normal course of operations, if a planned project may impact a protected species, or is subject to a regulatory review (for example, the Impact Assessment Act in Canada or the National Environmental Policy Act in the US), we work through proper permitting including measures to minimize potential impacts.
Nutrien protects non-agricultural production lands through conservation and the reclamation and remediation of lands where Nutrien has or has had operations. We work with environmental authorities and properly restore land post-mining using local and native plant varieties, which can often enhance biodiversity.
Increasing productivity on existing farmland is critical to protecting our natural carbon sinks and biodiversity.
Our agronomists and scientists specifically focus on safe use of products, pest and disease-resistant seed, and integrated pest management strategies. In addition, development of on-farm biodiversity conservation planning is part of our agronomic service offering.
Wetlands play an integral role in improving water quality and supporting biodiversity. Nutrien supports Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (“DUC”) Legacy Wetland Restoration Program, which restores wetlands and degraded habitat and uses conservation easements to protect the land in perpetuity before re-selling it back into the community. Since 2009, our cumulative donation of CAD $1.15 million has been continually reinvested in Western Canada resulting in an estimated 570,000 m3 of runoff storage, while filtering up to 2,200 kg per year of phosphorus and 22,000 kg per year of nitrogen through restoring and protecting approximately 550 acres of wetlands on 2,800 acres of total habitat. Additionally, this work has stored roughly 60,000 tonnes of CO2.
In addition, the Forage Incentive Program, supported by Nutrien Ag Solutions, is one of the primary ways DUC is working with landowners to restore vital waterfowl nesting habitat while restoring forages across the prairies. The program provides an incentive for landowners to convert cultivated land to perennial cover, which provides nesting habitat and grass for the beef industry.
Nutrien participates in the Natural Climate Solutions Alliance, which aims to scale up affordable natural climate mitigation solutions for achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Climate mitigation solutions include:
- Protection and conservation
- Livestock, animal and land management
- Coastal wetland and peatland restoration
Feeding the Future Plan
Transforming Agriculture: Our 2030 Commitments.Download