Integrity is a core value for Nutrien. Operating with integrity enables us to achieve our Purpose in our everyday interactions and proactively prevent, manage and mitigate risks. Ethics, integrity and a respect for human rights relate to how we conduct business and enable us to grow our world by striving to do the right thing every day.  


We believe that we can, and should, play an important role in increasing opportunity for people to thrive in the workplace and communities we touch. We are committed to respecting and observing all human rights, in accordance with applicable law and the principles set forth in applicable international standards, including the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the core conventions of the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) and the United Nations (UN) such as the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

We diligently seek not to infringe, directly or through complicity in acts of others, on the human rights of our employees, workers in our supply chain, members of the communities where we operate, or others who are affected by our activities. We expect our suppliers and business partners to act responsibly and ethically and to respect human rights when doing business with us or on our behalf, and to ensure that its own supply network does the same.  


Our efforts include: 

  • A Code of Ethics and annual training for all of our employees globally. Individuals working in higher risk areas and jurisdictions receive additional online and in-person training on key legal and compliance risks.
  • A confidential, externally administered Compliance Hotline that employees, suppliers, customers or anyone else can access via telephone or web portal and in their preferred language, anonymously if desired.
  • Independent auditing of our ethics training and Compliance Hotline records conducted by Nutrien’s external auditor. 
  • A Supplier Code of Ethics that all of our suppliers must comply with, including requirements covering: 
    • Health and safety of employees
    • No toleration for abuse, harassment or discrimination
    • Commitment to not participate in forced compulsory labor or human trafficking
    • Commitment to reflect the diversity of the communities in which their business operates to grow opportunities for Aboriginal, minority and women-owned businesses
    • Not to employ persons below the minimum age permitted by local law and the core conventions of the ILO including ILO Convention 138 and in no circumstances engage in the “worst forms of child labor” contrary to ILO Convention 182.
  • Procurement Diversity and Inclusion Procedures designed to ensure fair consideration to all potential suppliers, giving diverse suppliers and their communities opportunity and support. This includes our Aboriginal Content Playbook.

In each of the above and other practices, we put special emphasis on the rights of the most vulnerable groups that may be impacted by our operations, including indigenous peoples, women, and children. Wherever we operate, we engage with communities to build strong and healthy relationships with the goal that communities are better off as a result of our presence.


Our due diligence process with respect to human rights and compliance with the Code of Ethics and Supplier Code of Ethics are overseen by our Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer and managed by our Compliance and Procurement Departments. 

Reporting Mechanisms

We expect our employees, contractors and suppliers, as well as community members, to bring human rights concerns to our attention through our confidential Compliance Hotline or local site-level feedback mechanisms available. We take all concerns seriously and promptly investigate the allegations. 

Where our investigation substantiates an allegation, we will undertake corrective remediation measures and implement solutions to prevent reoccurrence. In addressing allegations, we will be mindful of the laws in the country where an allegation arises.  

For further sustainability information please see our 2020 ESG Report.

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